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Boat show sales speak of economy

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Louisville Boat, RV and Sportsshow is back and dealers are hoping the economy is too.

"'08, '09 was a tough period when the housing meltdown happened it affects our business too," The Boating Center Owner, George Sandman said.

Boats sales and the economy go hand in hand according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. People have more cash to spend on just plain, and sometimes expensive, fun.

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"It's come up dramatically since five years ago," Sandman said.

The NMMA reports sales went up 10 percent in 2012 reaching almost $36 billion. In 2013, sales grew by 5 percent.

It's not just boats making a comeback. Sport utility vehicles are taking off too.

"It's a great sign absolutely," Jason Garner, owner of YAMAHA Polaris of Louisville said. "Things are hopefully turning a corner and we're back to where we were in 2007."

Garner said things now are all about value. "People are still purchasing what they'd like to get, maybe not with as many bells and whistles," he explained.

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