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Miami International Boat Show takes over Presidents' Day weekend

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Thousands of boats and yachts are taking over Miami for the largest boat show in the world this Presidents' Day weekend.

People from all around the world have been packing the Miami Beach Convention Center, early Thursday morning, for their chance to view top-of-the-line boats and yachts in the market.

Just an hour after opening its doors, the Miami International Boat Show began to impress. "This is the epitome of the cigarette racing boats, 1650 horsepower motor," said one salesman. "It is in the market, and I will even sell it to you. It's a million and a half dollars."

President at Regal Boats, Duane Kuck, said there is something at the boat show for everyone. "Boating really is an affordable sport, when you think about it. It's hard to find a better way to connect with family and friends than boating."

The company has 15 on display, ranging from $30,000 to $1 million. "We just love boating, so part of it is getting to build these great boats and then bring them to the Miami show and display them," said Kuck.

Meanwhile, on Collins Avenue, the Yacht and Brokerage Show in Miami Beach has several mega-yachts floating on their own island. "You've got the yacht, so now you need to get the best and most fun toys that you can fit aboard," said Engineer Jeff Rice.

Perhaps a million dollar mini-submarine or a small chopper and matching jet ski like the ones on display on a Westport Yacht. "The asking price for this boat is 25.9 ... for a brand new, built like this: $40 million."

While folks get to admire the unique designs and super yachts, the City of Miami Beach gets a boom in business. "We have an economic impact of the show, which includes product sales, hotels," said a convention-goer. "Just over a half-a-billion dollars in the two weeks that this show is really taking over, from the move-in to the move-out of the show days."

For those who are not into boats, you can head over to Coconut Grove for the Coconut Grove Arts Festival on Saturday. "This is art and those are boats, so to be able to catch both things at once, especially when there is a lot of people flying in from around the country, it's just a great opportunity for them to do both," said a resident.

The long holiday weekend will bring several other fun events to choose from. Check out the events below for more information.

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