Palm Beach show opens today

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On the heels of a successful Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, the 27th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show opens Thursday with hundreds of boats, including 8-foot dinghies, runabouts, fishing boats and megayachts exceeding 150 feet.

The show is on track to sell out all exhibit space, according to Show Management, which manages and produces it. "This is looking to be a very strong show," Show Management senior vice president and COO Dane Graziano said in a statement. "Exhibitor feedback from the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach was very positive and we expect Palm Beach to follow suit."

The number of exhibitors and boats on display were both up 9 percent from 2011 at the show in Miami Beach. These builders reported strong sales activity: Fairline, Viking, Ferretti, Hatteras, Westport and Marquis; brokerages that did so include Allied Marine, HMY and Merle Wood.

The Palm Beach show, one of the top 10 boat shows in the nation, features more than $350 million worth of boats, yachts and accessories.

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