Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today that its 2016 Show was a tremendous success. Attendance was up over last year, and as in the past, Thursday and Friday brought in a significant number of serious buyers.

“Every year we try to raise the bar in terms of the attendee experience and value for the exhibitors and sponsors, and this year was no exception,” said Nancy Piffard, show director, Newport Exhibition Group. “The 2016 Newport International Boat Show was one of our most successful shows to date. The sun was shining every day, the dock space we added to accommodate in-water demand was sold out, and we had a 10% year over year growth in attendance. Thank you to all of the exhibitors, sponsors and attendees that made the 2016 show a huge hit.”

On day two of this year’s show, exhibitor Boston Yacht Sales posted on its Facebook page “Is it a grand slam? A home run? What’s five in a row? Congrats to our broker Scott Lucas who sold three boats yesterday at the Newport International Boat Show and now he sold 2 more – a preowned Sabre 42SE and a new Sabre Yachts 45. A total of five boats at the show is … aside from fabulous and exciting … unprecedented! Is there a term for 5 in a row?”

Showgoers were able to view an exceptional assortment of power and sail boats as well as an across-the-board range of boating equipment, services and boating life-style accessories. The show also offered informative seminars, hands-on training courses and its popular Newport For New Products awards program, which included the U.S. debut of dozens of new boats and boating products for 2017.

A highlight of the show’s Newport For New Products awards was the Hunt 72, which was awarded Best New Powerboat Over 35 Feet and Best Powerboat in Show. When selecting the Hunt 72, judge’s comments included, “It is impressive to see a boat this size that can be operated by the owner. This boat has over 80,000 man-hours built in it and every hour was well spent. There is not one detail that hasn’t been addressed. Fit and finish are immaculate. The builder and owner were able to work together to build a spectacular boat. I’m not trying to sound cliché … but this is a timeless design.”

The Newport International Boat Show opened on Thursday, September 15th and continued through Sunday, September 18th, 2016 along the Newport Waterfront on America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country, this year’s event brought over 600 exhibitors from around the world with an exceptional assortment of boats of every type and style from 15 to 90 feet, and a wide variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters. For more information on the Newport International Boat Show, please visit

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