Newport Boat Show attendance up

According to show organizers, attendance was up at last week’s Newport Boat Show. More boat lovers at the fall and winter boat shows can only be a good thing for everyone.

From the press release: Bright sun and “a light at the end of the (economic) tunnel” are  thought to be some of the reasons for a boost in attendance by over 12% at  this year’s Newport International Boat Show! Exhibitors indicated that there  was a lot of interest in all areas of boating &mdash powerboats, sailboats and  boating products of all kinds &mdash and a good number of boats were sold! Gate  sales alone were back to levels seen two and three years ago, and exhibitor  guests and other tickets are yet to be counted!

The Newport International Boat Show, traditionally the first show of the new  boating season, is the place to see the largest selection of boats and boating  products in the Northeast. It is a showcase of the latest boats and boating  products, presented in the luxurious setting of Newport, RI. 

One of the five largest in-water boat shows in the country, the 2009 Newport  International Boat Show presented more than 650 exhibitors with over 500  boats ranging in size from 16 to 92 feet, including express cruising yachts,  racing sailboats, ocean-going trawlers at PassageMaker magazine’s  TrawlerPort, a Multihull Lagoon, plus DownEast styles, sport fishing boats,  runabouts and inflatables. In addition, there were engines, sails, equipment,  safety products, electronics plus thousands of accessories and marine  services, as well as seminars, demonstrations and workshops. 

For more information, about the Newport International Boat Show, visit

By Ocean Navigator