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The sixth annual Essex (Conn.) Spring Boat Show will take place Friday through Sunday at Brewer Dauntless Marina, which is five scenic miles from where the Connecticut River enters Long Island Sound.

By no means large, the boutique-style show is atypical in its casual, stroll-the-docks atmosphere, with the river as an appealing background.

“While there are not a lot of boats, there’s a nice mix of pre-owned and new, power and sail, from center consoles to an Eastbay 47, and sailboats from 30 to 47 feet,” says Doug Domenie, show organizer and manager of the marina.

“Everybody involved likes the small, intimate nature of the show,” he adds. “It’s not a high-pressure show, which makes it enjoyable for both brokers and customers.”

On display will be more than 40 boats from exhibitors showcasing the brands Alerion Express, Beneteau, Cabo Yachts, Chris-Craft, Grand Banks, Hanse, Hatteras, The Hinckley Co., Hunt Yachts, Jupiter, Legacy, Nonsuch, Southport Boats and Viking Yachts.

Admission and parking are free. Soundings is one of several sponsors.