Annapolis sailboat show matches record attendance

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Organizers of the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis say this year’s event matched, if not exceeded, last year’s record attendance.

Early estimates show 50,000 people visited the Oct. 9-13 show. About 500 exhibitors were on hand, as well as a dozen or so lenders.

Ed Hartman, CEO of United States Yacht Shows, said it’s evidence the economy will eventually turn toward better times. “We look forward to a bigger and better 40th [annual] Sailboat Show in 2009,” he said.

The U.S. Powerboat Show begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.

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