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Jersey show reports drop in attendance

The third annual Fall Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo was held Sept. 23-25 at FirstEnergy Park in Manasquan, N.J., and the results were mixed.

The show saw a drop in attendance of 25 percent, compared with 2010, which organizers attributed to rainy conditions. The mood was upbeat in spite of the weather.

“Continuous positive buzz surrounded the show all weekend, with attendees and exhibitors commenting that they were impressed by the size and growth of the show and that it exceeded their expectations,” said Paul Terzian of Causeway Marine.

The focus of the show is affordability and accessibility; the cost to exhibit and attend is low. This year’s show was the biggest one. There were more than 200 new and used boats on sale from 20 dealers representing 42 builders.

The event was organized by the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, which is composed of more than 300 recreational marine businesses.

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