Every time I leave home for the Miami International Boat Show, I can't wait to get there. Every time I head home from the Miami International Boat Show, I am more than ready to go. It's kind of like Las Vegas that way, except despite South Beach's outrageous hotel pricing and expensive adult beverages, I generally leave Miami having dropped less money. Not much less, but less.

What's the big deal? I mean, it's not exactly as if I don't get to see and spend time on a lot of exotic go-fast boats. And it's not as if I don't mostly know what's coming—though, thanks to a bunch of pesky non-disclosure agreements, I can't talk about most of it until it's unveiled.

Here's the big deal: The Miami Boat Show is the social event of the year for both the high-performance powerboat industry and the customers who support it.

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