The Progressive New England Boat Show wrapped up its nine-day run on Feb. 18 with 50,997 visitors, the highest attendance at the show since 2010.
Attendance was up 9 percent from 2017, which had a snow storm opening weekend, and is up from the last record attendance in 2016 at 50,706.
Exhibitors reported strong sales, with some saying expressing it was their best show yet in Boston, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
The show hosted its first Boating Career Day, drawing about 100 students. The marine industry is important to Massachusetts, state labor secretary Rosalin Acosta told the group on Feb. 12.
The “Touch a Boat” tour for kids had about 1,850 participants.
Boston’s ABC affiliate covered the show, interviewing winter-weary attendees at the event.
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