Another year of beautiful boats is coming to an end as the Miami International Boat Show closes Monday on Virginia Key.
An estimated 1,300 boats – part of over $3 billion worth of items on display at the event – are on display at Miami Marine Stadium, the events location for the second straight year after being on Miami Beach. An additional 130 sailboats are on display at Strictly Sail Miami, being held at the same time at the Bayside Marketplace.
"This is the greatest boat show in the world because of the amount of product that's here," said show manager Ben Wold. "It's the greatest place to compare shops, so if you're looking for a boat they're over 1300 boats from inflatables to to a 97 foot yacht."
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Classes have been held during the event for those wanting to learn how to operate a boat, as well as hundreds of professionals being available for anyone wanting to take a trial run before making their purchase.
"It's economic impact is worth over 600 million dollars," said Wold. "It's the equivalent of over 2 Super Bowls and it's here every year."
Tickets remain on sale for the event, ranging from $25 a day to $100 for the entire event. Children under 15 years old get in for free and you can get more information by clicking this link.