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Hartford show reports attendance boost

Amid another wave of bitter cold weather during a tough winter in the northern climes, the 45th CMTA Hartford Boat Show saw a slight increase at the gate and steady foot traffic through a four-day show that wrapped on Sunday.

“The dealers reported more than 100 major sales and almost $5 million in product sold,” Connecticut Marine Trades Association president Grant W. Westerson said in a statement. “Dealers saw many buyers coming back to relook and then purchase, indicating a change in their current economic outlook. The impact to the entire Greater Connecticut marketplace will be felt throughout the season.”

This year’s show had 355 boats — the largest was 38 feet — and an estimated $11 million in product on display in the 150,000-square-foot exhibit hall at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

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