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Organizers of the 30th annual Norwalk International In-Water Boat Show, held Sept. 22-25 at the Norwalk Cove Marina in East Norwalk, Conn., say their expectations for this year’s show were met — and then some.

Organizers of the 30th annual Norwalk International In-Water Boat Show, held Sept. 22-25 at the Norwalk Cove Marina in East Norwalk, Conn., say their expectations for this year’s show were met — and then some.

“The entire show went well,” says show coordinator Jonathan Pritko. “Many exhibitors did better than anticipated.”

More than 26,000 people from New England to the Mid-Atlantic showed up to see new equipment, marine accessories and, of course, the 750 boats displayed on land and in the water.

New boats included Beneteau’s Flyer 12 sport cruiser featuring Volvo’s IPS propulsion system; Southport Boat Works’ new 28-foot center console designed specifically for 4-strokes; and Sea Ray’s 240 Sundancer cruiser with a 260-hp 5.0-liter MPI Bravo III MCM as standard power.

“There are so many boats in the water and there’s such a variety, it’s great,” says Farrell Boris of Long Island. Boris attended the show with his friend, Mariela Moldonado. “I enjoy looking at the 20-, 30-foot powerboats. She likes the yachts. We’re just casually looking, but we’re having a good time.”

Kurt and Sally Krimphove of New York City also enjoyed the show. They’ve attended the Norwalk show many times over the years. “This time we’ve been looking at electronics, especially GPS systems,” Kurt Krimphove says. “We’ve gotten more or less what we were looking for. We’ve had a good time.”

Attendees weren’t the only ones enjoying the show.

“Being a veteran of the Norwalk show for many years, this has been the best show so far,” says Chris Cestaro of Ocean Performance in Old Saybrook, Conn.

This having been the 30th anniversary of the show, organizers say they made a number of changes to help mark the occasion. “The show’s look was revamped by new signs, decorations, and the addition of plants and flowers brightened the grounds,” Pritko says. “The show grew by approximately 22,500 square feet, which included seven new exhibitors, an enhanced food court, and a sand bar where attendees and exhibitors could sit back, relax and enjoy the music while having some good food and drinks.”

Attendees also had the opportunity to visit the Nationwide Outdoor Performance Tour to play a simulated sport fishing game and take in free Discover Boasting & Fishing seminars.

“Overall, I believe the show was a success,” Pritko says.

The Norwalk International In-Water Boat show was produced by the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association. www.nmma.org ; www.boatshownorwalk.com