Stuart Boat Show opens with strong first day

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Outdoors reporter Ed Killer talks about the setup for the Stuart Boat Show. Setup began Tuesday, and was ahead of schedule, at site of 44th annual Stuart Boat Show which will run from Friday, Jan 12 to Sunday, Jan. 14.
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Throughout the footprint of the Stuart Boat Show on Friday morning, people were smiling. Exhibitors, dealers, show-goers with serious queries about new and used boats and others who just want to go out and spin a few props, were excited about the opening day of the 44th annual expo, the largest boat show on the Treasure Coast.

The weekend event, presented this year by Infiniti, features more than 200 exhibitors and 500 boats from inflatables and paddlecraft up to a $5 million, 90-foot-long yacht. Included in the show are a full range of marine offerings ranging from accessories and services to equipment, electronics and motors.

Boat lifts, hurricane protection systems, theft deterrent and security systems, travel and tourism services, finance and insurance, boat yards, marinas, a full complement of resorts, air service and destination planning for the nearby Bahamas, less than 100 miles from Stuart, are all awaiting inspection from resident and visiting boaters and those who hope to soon join in the boating lifestyle.

“We’ve seen a couple of boats we like including a Regulator,” said Nicole Eggleton, of Jupiter and Connecticut, who was checking out the Stuart Boat Show on Friday with her husband, Joe, and daughters Heather, 6, and Sage, 3. “We’re on our way to check out a Jupiter, the Bahama 41 and if we can find it, Invincible.”


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