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Tampa show reports drop in attendance

The Progressive Tampa Boat Show attracted 17,650 visitors, a 6 percent decrease from 2014.

The Progressive Tampa Boat Show attracted 17,650 visitors, a 6 percent decrease from 2014, but early reports indicate that attendees were buyers and the event produced solid results for exhibitors.

The show opened on Friday and concluded Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center.

“We sold bigger boats this year and saw high-quality traffic, making 11 solid deals and meeting many quality prospects to follow up with,” said Ron Reeves of Pro Marine, according to show producers the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

“The future looks bright again this year with all the new boater interest we saw at the show,” said Steve Wacker of Thunder Marine.

“We saw good-quality traffic all weekend. We closed 10 deals and have a lot of sea trials and follow-ups to conduct with good prospects,” Dave Hipps of Land O’ Lakes Marine told the NMMA.

More than 120 boats were on display in the water and the show hosted the world debut of three boats by Pursuit and Regal — the Pursuit C 238, the Pursuit OS 355 and the Regal 230 OX, the first outboard boat the company has produced.

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