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Long Beach show reports good attendance

Producers of the 41st annual Long Beach Yacht and Boat Show reported "better than expected" results from the event which concluded its four-day run Sunday at Shoreline Village Marina.

"The show started off a little slow on Thursday and Friday, but on Saturday it was a whole new ballgame," said Dave Geoffroy, executive director of the South California Marine Association, in a statement. "People were lined up at the ticket booth before our 10 a.m. opening and they just kept coming in all day until we closed at 7 p.m. Our docks were busy, the on-land displays and booths did well, and the real home run was our much-expanded demo dock."

According to a post-show tally, the SCMA demo dock delivered more than 150 individual free test rides to show attendees aboard a seven-boat sailboat fleet that included assorted Catalina, MacGregor, W.D. Schock, Walker Bay and Columbia models.

"More than anything, our Long Beach show renewed our faith that there are still a lot of people interested in owning a boat," Geoffroy said. "Buyers came to the show and boats were sold. I think we can take this as a positive sign of better things to come for our industry in 2010."

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