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U.S. Reveal of Ernest Hemingway’s Boat, Pilar—see it for the first time at the boat show!

It’s no secret that Ernest Hemingway had a boating love affair with both South Florida and Cuba. Now, the only replica and “sistership” of Hemingway’s famous boat, Pilar, currently on display at the Museo Ernest Hemingway in Finca Vigia, Cuba, will be revealed at the Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show®, providing people in the U.S. the first chance to see the boat that influenced several of Hemingway’s finest books, like The Old Man and the Sea. The restoration of Pilar was led by Miami's own, actor Andy Garcia.

Show goers can get an up close glimpse of Pilar for the very first time in the Center Courtyard at the main entrance of the show. 

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Carol Suzanne—Vintage South Florida Racing Boat

When it opened in 1963, the Miami Marine Stadium was more than just an instant icon, it was an entertainment venue like no other. While countless concerts and entertainment events were held at the stadium, powerboat racing was the star performer—after all, it is the only stadium in the U.S. that was built for the purpose of watching powerboat races.

You can see a bit of this racing history up close. The Carol Suzanne, a 1962 “Y” class “48” hydro boat that raced at Miami Marine Stadium will be on display at this year's show. The Carol Suzanne was built by “Rapid Robert” Schroeder, a well-known unlimited hydroplane driver. She was powered by a 48 cubic inch engine Crosley engine, and in her racing prime could reach speeds in excess of 105 mph. 

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Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training

Learn by doing! Exclusive on-the-water powerboating and sailing workshops

Do you want to have more confidence at the helm? Are you just “getting your feet wet” and are curious about how it feels to pilot a boat? Or do you want to polish your skills so you can enjoy your time on the water even more?

Climb aboard, take the helm and head out for an incredible boating adventure as you learn key skills that will help you become more confident on the water. There’s something for everyone—from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers.

Expert instruction—All sessions are taught by USCG licensed captains.

2016 course program coming soon—be sure to check back.


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NEW! Try It Cove

Head to Try It Cove to get out on the water and try a variety of water sports—from stand up paddle boarding to kayaking, canoeing and more. Be sure to bring your suit and a towel—we'll provide changing rooms and equipment.