Boston boat show keeps expanding

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Organizers say the Boston International In-Water Boat, now in its sixth year, continues to grow.

Organizers say the Boston International In-Water Boat, now in its sixth year, continues to grow.

Held Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 at the city’s World Trade Center, this year’s show featured an expanded waterfront with more than 3 acres of sail- and powerboats in-water. A 100,000-square-foot indoor facility housed smaller boats and service vendors.

“I think the show has grown every year,” says Michael Myers of Boston Yacht Sales. The event is one of the largest of its kind in New England and attracts local boaters — from throughout the metropolitan Boston area and Cape Cod — as well as buyers from northern New England. More than 500 power- and sailboats, hardware, engines, and accessories were exhibited at show.

Fall also is a good time to shop for boats, say exhibitors, with the usual “boat show price” offers. Buyers can also get a jump on the next year’s boating season by ordering a boat made to their specifications, say exhibitors, who report more than $50 million in boat sales since 1999.

The show, organized by Vernon Promotions, is endorsed by the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, which celebrated its 40th anniversary with a reception and annual meeting at Anthony’s Pier 4.