Ten-day Houston show reports strong start

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Scout Boats is among the builders with models on display at the Houston International Boat, Sport and Travel Show. 

Scout Boats is among the builders with models on display at the Houston International Boat, Sport and Travel Show. 

Attendance and sales numbers were strong during the first three days of the Houston Boat Show, show president Ken Lovell said today.

The 63rd annual Houston International Boat, Sport and Travel Show kicked off on Friday and will continue through Sunday at the NRG Center.

“Boat dealers and exhibitors are telling me that sales have been very healthy in our first three days of operation,” Lovell said in a statement. “We believe this is an indicator that our local economy is doing well.

“Also, a lot of people who lost boats during Hurricane Harvey are in the market for new boats, and we have seen an increased interest in boating regionally as the result of so many who witnessed the heroic efforts of the wonderful men and women who used their boats to rescue thousands during unprecedented Hurricane Harvey flooding.”

Organizers said the show features the latest boats, including pontoons, luxury cruisers, fishing boats and personal watercraft, as well as a large selection of campers and travel trailers.

The show opened Friday with a ceremony honoring “Hurricane Harvey Boat Heroes” — people who put their lives at risk to help rescue Texans from floodwaters during the storm.

Members of the Boating Trade Association of Metropolitan Houston, which owns the show, are asking the public to recognize those people with the hashtag #boatheroes.

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