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NEW YORK BOAT SHOW: Boats ‘flying off’ show floor, Dammrich says

The Progressive New York International Boat Show opened Wednesday and it continues through Sunday at the Javits Center in Manhattan.

The Progressive New York International Boat Show opened Wednesday and it continues through Sunday at the Javits Center in Manhattan.

NEW YORK — The Progressive New York International Boat Show is underway at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, and dealers had positive feedback across the board.

Moving the dates from the start of the new year to later in the month has been “a game changer,” said show manager Jon Pritko.

“Boats are flying off the show floor,” said National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich.

“The Jeanneau booth is mobbed,” said Jeanneau and Prestige America president Nick Harvey. “The outboards there, which are proudly made in America now, were a big hit. I went to say ‘hi’ to my dealer, and I could not get out of the booth.”

“Yesterday was very strong, and today has been good, too,” Aaron Krenzer, Northeast regional sales manager for Chaparral Boats, said Thursday at the show. “People are coming here ready to buy.”

Mercury Marine invited New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, who was an All-Star in 2015, to sign autographs for the company. “I’m excited to be a part of the Mercury engine family,” DeGrom said as he posed for pictures with fans.

DeGrom is an avid bass fisherman who repowered his 21-foot Back Country with a Mercury outboard.

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (left) met with fans in the Mercury Marine booth.

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (left) met with fans in the Mercury Marine booth.

Media showed up for the event, as well. Here’s an interview of Thom Dammrich on Cheddar, an online news network designed for millennials

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