South Florida show opens today

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The 44th annual Stuart Boat Show in Florida starts today and runs through Sunday, with 200 exhibitors displaying hundreds of boats in water and on land.

The show features seminars on topics that include boating electronics, engines and propellers, and navigation and destinations.

The show is owned by the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast and produced by AllSports Productions and is being held on the pavement of Old Dixie Highway and in the water at Stuart Harbor Marina, Allied Marine, Apex Marina and HMY Marine, along the shores of the St. Lucie River northwest of the Old Roosevelt Bridge, TCPalm reported.

Corey O'Kelley, general manager of MarineMax in Stuart, one of the largest boat dealers on the Treasure Coast, said his dealership will have 17 boats on display. Eight trailerable boats, mostly 25 feet and less, will be at the store's land display near the northern end of the show, the newspaper said.

Nine larger vessels will be on the center E Dock, including the Galeon 510 Skydeck.

Coltin Radabaugh, of Central Marine in Stuart, said the dealership will have seven boats in the water and three on land, including Parker, World Cat and Yamaha Outboard models.

“This is always a good show for us, not only because it's local for us, but also because we see more serious buyers who want to buy a boat," Radabaugh said.

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