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Newport show reports rise in attendance

Organizers said attendance at this year's Newport International Boat Show increased by more than 12 percent from last year.

Gate sales alone were back to levels seen two and three years ago, and exhibitor guests and other tickets had yet to be counted, according to Newport Exhibition Group, the show producer. Although final figures were unavailable, show director Nancy Piffard says there were about 40,000 attendees, up from 30,000 last year.

Exhibitors indicated there was much interest in all areas - powerboats, sailboats and boating products of all kinds - and a good number of boats were sold, NEG reports.

Traditionally seen as the first show of the fall boat-show season, the Newport, R.I., event is one of the five largest in-water shows in the country, presenting more than 650 exhibitors with more than 500 boats from 16 to 92 feet.

There were also engines, sails, equipment, safety products and electronics, plus thousands of accessories and services, as well as seminars, demonstrations and workshops.

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