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L.A. boat show reports solid turnout

Organizers of the Los Angeles Boat Show say sales results from opening weekend exceeded expectations.

"We're happy," said Scott Driesbach, COO of Advantage Boats, in a statement. "It's been a long six months, and sales have been the slowest we've seen in our 25-year history."

“But after this Saturday and Sunday, we're feeling much better about what 2009 holds in store,” he added.

Southern California Marine Association executive director Dave Geoffroy said this was the sentiment expressed by many exhibitors.

"What was very encouraging was the fact that all price ranges of boats were moving, from entry-level family boats to larger cruisers and motoryachts and everything in between,” Geoffroy said in a statement. “I have to compliment all our exhibitors for taking such an aggressive and positive sales approach this year, offering great deals that potential buyers recognized and took advantage of."

Preliminary attendance numbers indicate that the visitor count was virtually even with 2008 totals, organizers said.

The show is closed Monday and Tuesday but runs Wednesday through Sunday.

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