North Texas show opens this weekend

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Given new data showing that Texas is second only to Florida in new boat, motor and trailer sales, organizers have high hopes for the in-water 2014 DFW Summer Boat Expo, which will be held today through Sunday and from July 18-20.

Produced by the United Boat Dealers of North Texas, the expo supports the boating and marine industry in the North Texas area.

The show features more than 450 boat and watercraft models from more than 20 North Texas boat dealers and it is offering free admission to women and children after 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays on both weekends.

Both 2012 and 2013 saw increases in boat sales, and the trend is expected to continue this year. A May 20 article from the National Marine Manufacturers Association said 2013 was the first time since the recession (2009) that the ratio of used-boat to new-boat sales decreased, indicating a shift in consumer demand for new boats.

“In 2013, we saw more manufacturers producing innovative boats that offer an entry into the boating lifestyle at a variety of price points. A trend in boat manufacturing is the versatile boat—one that can pull tubers or wakeboarders, be used for fishing outings, relaxing with the family or entertaining,”NMMA President Thom Dammrich said in a statement.

“We’re seeing manufacturers shift their manufacturing processes, becoming leaner and more efficient, to be able to offer these innovative boats at a lower cost, in turn introducing more people to boating. Across the board, the boating industry recognizes the demand of the 88.5 million Americans who go boating and want to own a boat of their own and pass their water gene on to future generations.”

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