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Massive Miami boat show returns

FEB. 15 -- The Miami International Boat Show, touted by organizers as the “Greatest Boat Show in the World,” is set to kick off Thursday at the MiamiConvention Center, and will run through Monday.

Some 150,000 people from across the country and around the world are expected to attend the show, according the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which produces the show. Organizers hope the show will generate $800 million in sales and labor. More than 3,000 boats, ranging from 15 to 75 feet, both power and sail, will be on display.

Some of the new boats on display will be Cigarette Racing Team’s 38 Top Gun GT with twin 525 Mercury engines, Grand Banks’ 44 Heritage EU and the Nordhavn 64, which includes extras like a 42-inch plasma television and a Bose sound system.

In addition to the boats at the MiamiConvention Center, in-water powerboat displays will be located at the SeaIsleMarina & YachtingCenter, and the Strictly Sail component of the show will be at the Miamarina at Bayside. Free shuttle buses will connect the different show sites.

Admission to the show is $15 for adults and $6 for youths 13 to 15. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Show hours Thursday and Monday are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Friday through Sunday the hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information go to the show Web site .

—Jason Fell