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Boat show sees ‘new life’ with new owners

Rhode Island Marine Trades Association president Wendy Mackie wanted to beef up content at the 2014 Providence Boat Show, which ran from Friday through Sunday in Rhode Island.

Although the group had only owned the show for 100 days prior to the event, it made an effort to step up the content with interactive seminars and demonstrations.

In addition, the association wanted to draw attention to the long and deep history the state has with sailing, a component that had all but disappeared at prior shows.

“It really was a goal of ours to not only breathe some new life into the show, but to give people a flavor of what Rhode Island has to offer boaters,” Mackie told Soundings.

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