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Ohio show reports increase in attendance

Producers of the North American In-Water Boat Show at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, which ended Sunday, reported a 13 percent increase in attendance.

More than 12,000 people came, many of whom were serious buyers, according to the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association.

"There was a lot of interest in the preowned brokerage boats," show manager Ken Alvey said in a statement. "It's a sign that people are starting to feel comfortable spending money again."

Those shopping on a budget had many options to choose from, including vessels in the boats-under-$15,000 pavilion and on the demo dock.

"This show has a tremendous upside," said Alvey. "The infrastructure is solid, the region is densely populated with boaters, and when the weather cooperates, it is a great place to sell boats. I think we're starting to get back on track, and hopefully, as the economy improves, we'll see the show reach its full potential in the near future."

Next year's 38th annual North American In-Water Boat Show will be held Sept. 15-19.

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