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Palm Beach show opens Thursday

The 28th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show will showcase a spectacular display of more than $1 billion worth of yachts, boats and accessories from Thursday through Sunday.

Buyers and sellers from around the world will gather along the scenic Lake Worth Lagoon overlooking fashionable Palm Beach, where hundreds of boats ranging from small inflatables and center consoles to fishing boats and superyachts over 200 feet are on display at the show. The event is owned and sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and managed and produced by Show Management.

An economic impact study after the 2012 show, commissioned by the Marine Industries Association and Show Management, calculated that its economic impact on the state of Florida was $91.6 million, generating $2.8 million in state excise and sales taxes. Beyond South Florida, marine businesses are a major industry nationwide, serving 82 million boaters and accounting for 350,000 jobs throughout the United States, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

This year’s new attractions include a Zeki Swimwear fashion show on Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and live musical entertainment by the Captain Harry band on the Meyer Amphitheatre stage. Other special events and educational activities include IGFA School of Sportfishing seminars and youth fishing clinics presented by the non-profit Hook The Future that are open to kids ages 4 to 16. The first 50 will receive a free rod/reel set and a commemorative T-shirt.

This year, attendees are invited to submit their best Instagram photos while attending the show by tagging them with #PalmBeachBoatShow and be entered to win a one-year subscription to any of the following Active Interest Media Marine Group publications: PassageMaker; Power & Motoryacht; Soundings; Soundings Trade Only; and Yachts International. (AIM also owns Show Management.)

Photos tagged with the word #PalmBeachBoatShow will automatically be uploaded to the boat show’s Facebook page. The top five photos with the most likes will have a chance to pick their magazine of choice for a free one-year subscription. Photos posted to the boat show’s Facebook page also will be accepted.

Organizers said navigating the 28th annual show will be easier than ever before, thanks to recent enhancements to the MyBoatShow smartphone app, which is designed to help people get around the show’s docks, land area tents and transportation.

In addition to convenient land access and parking in West Palm Beach within walking distance of the show, guests are invited to come by boat and tie up to the free Come-by-Boat docks located south of the in-water displays.

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