Miami International Boat Show Kicks Off in Miami Beach

The Miami International Boat Show kicked off Thursday at Miami Beach Convention Center

By Jennifer Reeves
|  Thursday, Feb 14, 2013  |  Updated 7:30 PM EDT
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It could be a boater s dream with more than 2,500 boats on display and more than 1,000 boating accessories. NBC 6 reporter Jennifer Reeves has the story.

It could be a boater s dream with more than 2,500 boats on display and more than 1,000 boating accessories. NBC 6 reporter Jennifer Reeves has the story.

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It could be a boater’s dream with more than 2,500 boats on display and more than 1,000 boating accessories.

The Miami International Boat Show kicked off Thursday at Miami Beach Convention Center and ends Monday in Miami Beach. The convention center is the biggest venue, but there also are two "in-water" locations, Sea Isle Marina and Strictly Sail Miami.  

"Everyone knows you are going to see anything and everything that's new and popular, first launches, first unveilings, the newest, greatest, latest,” said Cathy Rick-Joule, vice president of the boat show.

From shopping to simulators to boats of all sizes, it is the place to be whether buying a boat is only to dream -- or if that dream is reality.

One boater attending the event, Glenn Fuller, said he was looking to buy.

"I do a quite a bit of boating down here and in Canada, and we’re here looking to buy a boat right now actually," Fuller said.

Preview video of the Miami International Boat Show

 And if you are looking for new, the show will have it first, said Ernie Portuondo, with Ranger Boats. 
"Miami is traditionally known for the biggest unveilings,” he said. “So all the manufacturers -- whether it be boats, engine manufacturers or electronics -- will unveil all their new products here.”

But it's not all about the boats: There is an entire floor dedicated to products, clothes, styles and prints. 

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One of the most well-known leaders in the industry is Guy Harvey, who is dedicated to research and conservation of the oceans. It’s something the boat show also is known for.

“In buying Guy Harvey merchandise, you are contributing to our research and conservation efforts, so you are immediately part of the solution,” Harvey said.

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