Attendance up at Newport boat show

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For the organizers of the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show, a tally of this year's attendance brought them back to the relatively sunny economic times of two or three years ago.

Organizers say this year's show, which took place Sept. 17-20, brought a 12 percent increase in attendance over last year, and attribute the boost to the weather and "a light at the end of the economic tunnel."

The 2009 Newport International Boat Show presented more than 650 exhibitors with more than 500 boats ranging in size from 16 to 92 feet.

Winners of the Newport For New Products program were also named Monday. The C.W. Hood 43 captured "Best New Powerboat," the Summit 35 was named "Best New Sailboat," and the EFOY Smart Fuel Cell was judged "Best New Boating Product" at the show

In addition to the overall winners, three other entries were recognized as "best" in their respective categories. The K650, presented by Yum Boats, won "Best New Sailboat Under 30 feet," the Flanders HL27C won "Best New Powerboat Under 30 feet," and the Arrgoni Hydraulic Hi-Lo Table was named "Best New Boating Product, Non-Operational."

Judging was done by an independent panel of boating experts from industry magazines, and awards were based on innovation, value to the consumer and aesthetics.

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For information, about the Newport International Boat Show, visit www.newportboatshow.com.