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VIDEO: Showtime at Brewer Dauntless Marina

The Spring Boat Show opens Friday at the Brewer Dauntless Marina in Essex, Conn., for a third year.

The marina is located at 9 Novelty Lane on the lower Connecticut River. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27-29, and admission and parking are free.

The “boutique” format allows for a casual day on the docks to board about 50 new and brokerage boats — sail and power — from 25 to 72 feet. On display will be models from Beneteau, Cabo, Cutwater, Grand Banks, Hallberg-Rassy, Hatteras, Hunt, Jupiter, Nonsuch, Nordic Tugs, Ranger Tugs, Sabre and others.

Click play to view scenes from previous shows.

“With this being our third show, I’m quite optimistic about this year because this show is clearly growing,” says David Dorrance, a broker with the Essex office of Prestige Yacht Sales, one of the exhibitors.

The show’s size means visitors can get personal attention from brokers and dealers in a low-pressure, relaxed setting.

“Anyone who’s come to one knows it’s an intimate show, with a great selection and variety of high-quality sail- and powerboats,” Dorrance says. “The venue, right on the river, is very special and offers a great atmosphere.”

Soundings Publications is the exclusive media sponsor of the Spring Boat Show. Information is available by e-mailing