Trucks zoomed around the cavernous I-X Center, shiny new boats preening behind them. Crews used a crane to lift vessels off trailers and onto dollies. And hoses filled a giant fish tank.

Metal clanged and engines roared and everywhere guys hurried to prepare for Ohio’s oldest and largest boat show, which starts Thursday. 

The Mid-America Boat Show features nearly 400 boats, from kayaks to 45-foot motor yachts, as well as more than 100 equipment and accessory displays. 

You can climb into a rowing scull with the Cleveland Metroparks, try scuba diving and take the helm of the U.S. Power Squadron’s simulator. Fishing pro Jay Gillfillan will give seminars on lures, bait and more atop a semi-truck-sized fish tank. And kids can make their own model sailboats.

“It’s always a push, but somehow it always seems to come together,” said Jeff Wilson, general manager of Marine Tech Concepts, a boat dealership from Marblehead.

Take a look at the video above to see how a crane lifts a boat.

Follow us on Facebook for Facebook Live videos throughout the boat show.

 

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