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Maryland marine industry struggles to recover

Marine sales are up nationally, but dealers and vendors in Maryland have seen an 11.6 percent drop in expenditures on powerboats and accessories.

The doldrums that becalmed the national powerboat and sailboat industry four years ago did not spare Annapolis — or the two boat shows that have tied up in the harbor every October since the 1970s.

"The challenges have been severe," Paul Jacobs, general manager of the United States Sailboat Show (set to run Oct. 4-8) and the United States Powerboat Show (Oct. 11-14), told the Baltimore Sun.

But Jacobs was optimistic about the coming years.

"We've been just talking the talk for the last few years, but we're ready to walk the walk. The industry is coming back,” he said. “People are responding."

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