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Boats Begin Cruising Into Javits Center Ahead Of Annual New York Boat Show

Sign outside Javits Center for 2014 New York Boat Show. The show opens Jan. 1, 2014 (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

Sign outside Javits Center for 2014 New York Boat Show. The show opens Jan. 1, 2014 (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Preparations are under way for the 2014 New York Boat Show, which opens next week.

As WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell reported, hundreds of boats lined the West Side Highway before cruising into the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

“Well this is the set up of the show, day one. This is when a lot of the big boats come in,” show manager John Pritko told Haskell. “There’s specialty equipment. We use special marine hoists and special marine forks and we have other various forks.”

The cavernous convention center will be transformed over the next few days as more boats dock inside before the show opens on Wednesday.

“So we make it all pretty, put the carpet down and get the signs up and get all the boats in and the exhibitors do the beautiful displays,” said Pritko. “It’s cool to see kids and families enjoying the show.”

A boat arrives inside the Javits Center for the 2014 New York Boat Show. The show opens on Jan. 1, 2014 (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

A boat arrives inside the Javits Center for the 2014 New York Boat Show. The show opens on Jan. 1, 2014 (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

The show features about 300 boats ranging from kayaks to yachts and is expected to draw 40,000 visitors.

The 2014 Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show runs from Jan. 1 to Jan. 5. For more information, click here.

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