U.S. Powerboat Show has banner year

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The United States Powerboat Show in Annapolis wrapped up Sunday with a cannon shot being fired and nearly 1,000 engines roaring to life.

According to officials, the 2019 edition of the show featured more boats and on-land exhibits and increased attendance compared to previous years.

“We are absolutely thrilled at the response we received to our show this year,” Paul Jacobs, president of the Annapolis Boat Shows, said in a statement. “Manufacturer and dealer contracts grew across the board and buyers came out in large numbers to reward them for their effort. Nearly every exhibitor we talked to had positive reports of solid sales numbers, long lead lists and happy customers.”

According to show management, one manufacturer sold all 11 of its boats on display. Vendors at the show reportedly said the weekend had “the greatest regional reach of attendance than shows past” and hosted “the most qualified buyers” that resulted in high sales numbers.

“This year was one of the best powerboat shows we have been to,” Dustin Howard, vice president, National Sales Manager at LH Finance, said in the statement. “We spoke to a great amount of qualified buyers, have a ton of deals in the works, and saw a farther geographical representation of attendees than past years.”

Annapolis Boat Shows produce nearly a half million dollars in rent revenue to the city and create a reported $112 million economic impact in the state.

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