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The Hartford Boat Show

Life is better with a boat.

It may be frigid in New England, but everyone in the region knows that boating season really starts now. How do we know? The Hartford Boat Show – and it’s where education, demonstration, celebrities and contests signal that the season will soon be here.

Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) and featuring over 125 exhibitors and 400 Boat and Watercrafts, the Hartford Boat Show is at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. It’s the 49th annual boat show, and Evinrude and Geico Insurance are “powering” this year’s confab as anchor sponsors. The convention is a fantasia of marine paraphernalia: every kind of boat, jet skis, personal watercraft, paddle sports, kayaks, marinas, motors, slip rentals, servicing, fishing gear and tackle, educational programs and materials, insurance, trailers, electronics, sanitation, air conditioning, real estate, attire, nautical home décor, decking, dock building, winter storage, and financing. It’s the first event of any Connecticut new year that signals an early end of winter—no matter what the groundhog says.

“With the football season behind us, many boaters are now starting to prepare for warmer weather, getting their boats in the water, making upgrades and purchases, and planning trips,” says Kathleen Burns, CMTA Executive Director.

According to Kathleen Burns, CMTA’s Executive Director, thoughtful partnerships and collaborations have been responsible for the development of new features for the 2018 show. Cooperative efforts between customers and dealers, among dealers, state and municipal organizations, and destination agencies and sponsors have resulted in two new show features.  Welcome 2 Our Waters: Destination CT is a special exhibit hall section highlighting shoreside activities, destinations, attractions, and food and beverage.

“The cooperative efforts that have resulted in new show features for this year’s show really illustrate the impact, breadth and opportunities of recreational boating in our state,” cites Burns. Connecticut’s recreational boating industry has an annual economic impact of more than $1.3 billion in direct, indirect and induced spending. Annual retail sales of new boats, engines, accessories and services account for $157.7 million.

Exhibitors hailing from every county in Connecticut will represent all facets and regions of the business of boating in the state.The economic impact and workforce opportunities of the business of recreational boating in Connecticut will be highlighted. The state’s marine industry supports a workforce of over 7,300 people whose lives depend upon people buying, storing, servicing and caring for boats throughout the year.

Visit www.hartfordboatshow.com for more information.

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