Newport show reports record number of exhibitors

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The Newport International Boat Show was held Sept. 14-17 in Newport, R.I.

The Newport International Boat Show was held Sept. 14-17 in Newport, R.I.

About 40,000 people came to the 47th annual Newport International Boat Show, which organizers said was in line with last year’s numbers.

The Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Sept. 14-17 show, said they had a record number of exhibitors, with 450 exhibits and 600 boats in the water. Twenty percent of the exhibitors came from 19 countries outside the United States.

The VIP opening day on Sept. 14 brought gorgeous weather, if a bit overcast, and buyers were out.

Michael Myers, owner of Boston Yacht Sales, sold a Sabre 45 Salon Express at the show. The boat, one of several new-model debuts, took the People's Choice Award for best new boat.

Michael Myers (right), of Boston Yacht Sales, holds a sold sign at the Newport International Boat Show after selling a Sabre 45SE. He is shown with Sabre Yachts sales and marketing vice president Bentley Collins.

Michael Myers (right), of Boston Yacht Sales, holds a sold sign at the Newport International Boat Show after selling a Sabre 45SE. He is shown with Sabre Yachts sales and marketing vice president Bentley Collins.

New powerboat debuts also included the Boston Whaler 380 Outrage; Grand Banks 60; Legacy 36; MJM 35z; Outer Reef 610 Motoryacht; Pursuit S-368; Sealegs Interceptor 9000; Zeelander Z55; Zodiac Cadet 270 RIB ALU; and Zodiac Open 7.

Sailboats on display for the first time in the United States included the Elan GT5; Hanse 588; Hartley 15; HH55 Catamaran; J/121; and the Lifestyle 26.

The Z55, presented by Zeelander, was named the 2017 Newport For New Products award winner for Best New Powerboat over 35 Feet and Best Powerboat in the Show.

Hinckley Dasher, presented by Hinckley, was named the Newport For New Products award winner for Best New Powerboat 35 Feet and Under. It was also selected for the Green Boat Award.

The Best New Sailboat award went to J/Boats for the J/121.

Click here for a full list of award recipients.

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association honored the Newport Exhibition Group as the 2017 recipient of the RIMTA Anchor Award at the show. The presentation was made at RIMTA’s annual Industry Partnership Breakfast, sponsored by the Gowrie Group.

The Anchor Award is an annual accolade presented to an individual or organization that draws international attention and promotion to Rhode Island’s marine trades.

Past recipients included U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; Ken Read, Sail Newport; and Newport Shipyard.

“We are thrilled to recognize Newport Exhibition Group for the work they do in shining a global spotlight on Rhode Island and its hometown industry,” RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie said in a separate statement. “Every year, exhibitors and consumers from around the world make their mecca to the Newport show and see firsthand our beautiful waters, our facilities and all that the Ocean State and our industry offers to boaters.”

Next year’s show will take place Sept. 13-16.

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