‘Boutique boat show’ delivers shoppers

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The weather was not inclined to cooperate, but most everything else about the fifth annual edition of a small weekend boat show on the banks of the lower Connecticut River suited its exhibitors just fine.

The Essex (Conn.) Spring Boat Show was a boutique-style event that Randy Altemus of Prestige Yacht Sales called “the wave of the future.” More than 50 new and used sailboats and powerboats from 23 to 60 feet were on display on two docks at Brewer Dauntless Marina. Admission and parking were free.

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