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The 2012 Miami Boat Show

Held from February 16 to 20, the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show took place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Sea Isle Marina and Yachting Center and Strictly Sail Miami at Miamarina at Bayside to the delight of boating enthusiasts who were able to make the trek. This year’s show may not have drawn the same crowd as last year, but according to those who attended, pre-show buzz was as big as ever.

With more than 100,000 visitors descending on the bright and sunny beaches of Miami, manufacturers and companies were out in full force debuting new boats, boating accessories, engines, products and more.

Attendant Matthew Brown said that there was so much anticipation for the event that one local boat builder was able to sell one of his signature designs even before the show began – a first for the area resident.

“The turnout on Thursday and Friday was really good but Saturday was great. Sunday was busy with lots of families attending with their kids,” The Engine Answerman Bob Cleveland, the renowned lawn mower racer and representative of STA-BIL said in his report. “The Gold Eagle staff members said 90 percent of the guests already used STA-BIL and just wanted to thank us for a great product.”

Some big name boats drew crowds all weekend, according to Florida Sportsman Magazine, which previewed pictures of new models such as the Contender 25 Bay and the Andros Boatworks Cuda 23, as well as the latest engines like the Suzuki DF300 and LEHR Outboard Engines.

For those of you who missed the action, however, you can wait until the summer months when many of these products will likely be in stores nationwide. But, until then you’ll likely need to keep dreaming of the feel of the new Optimus System joystick or the technical capabilities of the Raymarine E-Series with HybridTouch.

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