Maine Boatbuilders Show reports attendance boost

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The Maine Boatbuilders Show, held last weekend in Portland, saw attendance climb to prerecession levels, organizers said.

The show saw 6,366 people come through the gates. Organizers handed out 1,600 exhibitor tags and about 150 complimentary tickets.

"Each person here is like a Christmas present," show founder Phin Sprague Jr., owner of event host Portland Yacht Services, told Soundings Trade Only.

The Maine Boatbuilders Show is different from most in that Sprague requires the builder rather than sales staff to be on hand to meet the public and answer questions. That and the fact that custom and semicustom builders dominate the show give it a different feel.

"If you can't walk up to someone and learn something, then what's the point?" Sprague said.

Click here for a YouTube video from the show.

The 2012 show is set for March 16-18.

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