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Newport Beach show organizers 'very pleased'

Organizers of the 36th annual Newport (Calif.) Boat Show say despite a drop in attendance, the atmosphere of the show was "overwhelmingly positive" and many boats were sold.

The show, which took pace April 15-19 in Newport Beach, Calif., saw an 11.2 percent drop in attendance. Exact figures were unavailable, organizers said.

"We were apprehensive going in, then the exhibit sign-ups took off and we breathed a sigh of relief," said Duncan McIntosh, producer of the event. "When opening day rolled around, we didn't know what to expect - then the consumers began to turn out

"We are very pleased," he added. "This would be a good show in any economy."

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