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The Smart Buyer: It’s boat show season

Time to go shopping

You'll get more one-on-one time with sales personnel at the preview days offered at some shows - before the masses arrive.There’s no better place to check out a huge variety of boats than at a boat show. And with the fall show season gearing up, buyers will have plenty of opportunities to catch up on the latest boats, propulsion systems and electronics.

If you think you’re ready to pull the trigger on a boat, be sure to do your pre-show homework.

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Rhode Island cottage has yacht-quality views

The home is on the Sakonnet River in Tiverton, R.I.The number of yachts and facilities around Tiverton, R.I., impressed Gus Stratton so much that the racing sailor snapped up a Nantucket-style 1930 cottage on the Sakonnet River in 2010.

After a total renovation from roof to cellar, the white cedar shingled cottage now takes full advantage of the expansive views from the Route 138 bridge to the south around to Mount Hope Bay to the north, an area Stratton calls “the epicenter of yachting.”

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Boat Show Special - More, Better, Faster

Builders are bullish about what they're bringing to the fall shows.

Builders have incorporated innovations and advanced technologies into their newest boats.For the past several years, each boat show season has strengthened with an increased number of new boats, propulsion and helm operation systems, and electronics. And it looks like this year will follow suit, with manufacturers debuting everything from center consoles to flybridge motoryachts to express cruisers to 90-plus-foot convertibles.

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Boat Show Special - Sail

The recession is over. Really. Although the meaning of this statement depends on a number of variables, the sailboat industry is getting used to the thought after enduring and often suffering some lean years.

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Boat Show Special - Browse or buy at one of these

Builders have incorporated innovations and advanced technologies into their newest boats and are pleased to show them off at this season's boat shows.



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