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Newport International Boat Show announces new layout

In-water displays, which are expanding this year, will remain where they have traditionally been.

In-water displays, which are expanding this year, will remain where they have traditionally been.

Newport Exhibition Group has provided details for the 49th Newport International Boat Show, slated for Sept. 12-15 on America’s Cup Avenue and Commercial Wharf.

The landscape in that area has recently changed with the construction of the new Hammetts Wharf Hotel — requiring show producers to refresh and modify the tent and land displays that were once in its present locale.

The in-water space, which isn’t impacted by the hotel construction, will expand to the north and south of the Newport Yachting Center to accommodate the 340 boats slated to be on display this year. The land portion of the show has essentially shifted north toward the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina.

“We have expanded and modified the show layout to accommodate our tents and exhibitors while keeping everything within walking distance,” said show director Nancy Piffard in a statement.

Tent A will double in size, covering all of the parking lot of The Mooring restaurant instead of about one half the lot, Piffard told the Providence Journal.

Tent B will stretch from the Smoke House restaurant south to the construction site of Hammetts Wharf Hotel. Safety fencing will surround the hotel construction project.

Tents D and G will remain on Newport Yachting Center grounds, just to the south of the Commercial Wharf condominiums and on the waterfront behind Hammetts Wharf Hotel.

“All the water space is sold out,” Piffard told the newspaper. “We have hundreds of boats, power and sail, everything from inflatables to racing boats.”

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