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Boat show report Part IV

Here's our latest compilation of news about upcoming boat shows.

The Eastern New York Marine Trades Association is hosting its fourth annual Great Upstate Boat Show March 27-29 at the Adirondack Sports complex in Queensbury, N.Y.

This year's show will feature 24 boat dealers displaying more than 200 boats in the 98,000-square foot complex.

In addition, 25 exhibitors with boating equipment and services will be on hand, along with, a "Previously Owned Pavilion" displaying quality boats from 15 different dealers and a "Spotlight Alley" entrance that will feature boats where buyers can get more bang for the buck.

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For the 36th straight year, top boat dealers in Southern California and leading domestic and international builders will exhibit April 15-19 at the Newport In-Water Boat Show in Newport Beach, Calif.

Dubbed the West's "Big Boat" boat show, Newport represents the unofficial grand opening of the boating season every spring in Southern California.  

“The theme of this year’s show is that it’s a great time to buy a boat,” show producer Duncan McIntosh, said in a statement. “It is clearly a buyer’s market, and a qualified customer can find extremely attractive deals.”

For more information, call (949) 757-5959 or visit the show Web site.

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The inaugural Great Northeast Boat Show, which had been set for the first weekend in May in Milford, N.H., was cancelled because of “national fire code enforcement,” according to show organizers.

Show organizer Blair Anthony told Soundings Trade Only that the Hampshire Dome filed for permits through the city of Milford and was not granted those permits so the show had to be cancelled.

The venue is nearly 100,000-square feet and Anthony said the show was about 90 percent sold out, when it had to be cancelled.

“We had a tremendous response from the New Hampshire boat dealers, as well as other companies from around the country,” Anthony said. “It was going to be a great show.”

The show will be rescheduled for spring 2010, he said.

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Organizers of the new Strictly Jersey Boat Show say the event is “picking up steam.”

The show runs May 1-3 at the South Jersey Marina in Cape May.

“We are assembling a diverse and select group of New Jersey powerboat dealers and New Jersey boat manufacturers in a VIP environment where serious, regional, boating enthusiasts can view new model boats and related products,” show manager Mark Allen said in a statement.

“This show is small by design and is strictly for the serious boater. We’re not interested in making income from crowds of people who just want to spend a day near the water,” he said.

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The first Bahrain Boat Show International will be held April 21-25 at the Amwaj Islands in Bahrain.

Managed and organized by Knotika Holding, the show plans to welcome 10,000 visitors with more than 100 local, regional and international exhibitors representing over 150 brands. A variety of marine segments will be showcased, including yachts, equipment, accessories, engines, waterskiing, diving, surfing, fishing, marinas and insurance.

The Bahrain Boat Show International runs concurrently with the F1 Grand Prix.  With the race during the day and the show at night, the same demographic is targeted.

For information, contact Knotika Holding at +971 4 303 9777; or e-mail info@knotika.com.

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