New England boat shows put in

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Upcoming boat show in Connecticut and Massachusetts should help area boaters get through what's been a brutal winter.

The Hartford Boat Show returns to the Connecticut Convention Center on Friday and runs through the weekend.

The show has a diverse collection of boats from center consoles to fishing boats and luxury cruisers.

The 55th annual New England Boat Show returns Feb. 26-March 6 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

As the area's oldest boating marketplace in New England, the nine-day event offers an escape from the winter chill to prepare for boating season. The show will host the region's largest selection of the newest boats, gear and gadgets, with exhibitors offering the season's best sales. From sport fishers and luxury cruisers to sailboats and jet skis, the New England Boat Show offers something for every lifestyle, activity and budget, plus fun attractions for boaters of all ages.

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