2012-04-09 / Front Page

Boating expo anchors in former Navy hangar

Slated for this weekend
BY BETH BROGAN Times Record Staff

BRUNSWICK — Bamforth Marine, New Meadows Marina, Paul’s Marina and Robinhood Marine are just a few of three dozen dealers slated to exhibit boats, electronics, marine equipment and gear at the first Maine Boating Expo slated to take place this weekend at Brunswick Landing.

The event is designed to showcase a range of watercraft just before the summer boating season begins.

The event is organized by the nonprofit Maine Marines Trade Association, which represents more than 160 boat dealers across the state.

“We’ll have outboards, motors, hardware — all things marine,” spokesman Skip Robinson said Friday. The boats on display will cross “a variety of price ranges. It’s an opportunity for dealers to move some leftover inventory. We expect the dealers to offer some pretty good deals to the boating public.”

“It’s a spectacular venue,” Robinson said of Brunswick Landing, and Hangar 5, where the show will take place.

The former Navy base appealed to Maine Marines Trade because of its “terrific location, easy access, unlimited parking,” he said. “ There are 36,000 square feet of open space.”

Robinson said he hopes to see 3,000 to 4,000 visitors this weekend, and to expand the event next year.

Maine’s Boating Expo will take place Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets, which are available at the door, cost $8. Admission is free for children younger than 12 who are accompanied by an adult. Parking is free.

The boat show joins this past Saturday’s runway run, a fly-in scheduled for June 2 and 3 at Brunswick Executive Airport and an air show scheduled for Aug. 24 to 26 as promotions arranged by the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority to attract visitors to the former Navy base, which closed in May 2011.

bbrogan@timesrecord.com

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