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Snow didn’t stop the flurry

      of boating enthusiasm at the
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      recent Cleveland Boat Show

      Despite the season’s first big snow blast in   (OMTA), “the crowds were still strong and,
      Ohio, the 2024 Progressive Cleveland Boat   not surprisingly, many dealers have reported
      Show saw thousands of boating fans converge   strong boat sales driven by the special buyer
      on the I-X Center to climb aboard more than   incentive programs available only at the show.”
      300 power and sailboats last month.     Burke’s reference was to the fact that all the
        “Although the only winter storm of the   dealers  were  urged  to  have  special  4-days-
      season tempered our overall attendance   only show prices and buy-now incentives
      numbers,” reported Michelle Burke, President   on their popular models at this year’s show.
      of the Ohio Marine Trades Association   And, from kayaks to big multi-engine cruisers,

                                                                                                                       dealers readily participated and the result
                                                                                                                       was that buyers saved.
                                                                                                                         “It’s actually been a much better show than
                                                                                                                       we expected,” said Jim Armington, Buckeye
                                                                                                                       Sports Center. “Our buyers just weren’t
                                                                                                                       deterred by recession talk or interest rates.
                                                                                                                       They were just looking forward to getting
                                                                                                                       back on the water, they liked the deals and
                                                                                                                       said we’re in. The result: it appears we’ve had
                                                                                                                       the highest one-day show sales ever for a
                                                                                                                       Saturday,” he smiled.
                                                                                                                         Jason Clemons, Clemons Boats, echoed
                                                                                                                       the enthusiasm. “We had an excellent show.
                                                                                                                       We even gained some new customers and our
                                                                                                                       immediate follow up results have been great!”
                                                                                                                         The crowds were particularly strong on the
                                                                                                                       weekend when even the I-X Center’s overflow
                                                                                                                       parking had to be employed. Besides the

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