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I missed it. It has been several years since I have been to the Newport Show. I used to own a Dealership there.
As a Dealer, even when times were better, the show produced a lot of "maybe" leads and we counted on Annapolis to make things happen. We did move some boats there but it seems that the region where there is just so much water, so many options regarding where to sail and potential destinations, that the Newport show would be amazing, far greater than Annapolis in terms of Sailing as we had an office there too.
Newport just Just never lived up to the expectation that I thinkl it deserves. The region has a "healthy" population of high net worth individuals which is why we put the larger boats there. In difficult financial times,that is where the bulk of the market is.
I definitely spent a fortune with that show though. What I would do now just to have a fraction of that money back.
All the best!