“And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.”
King James Version (KJV)
13:2 He went into the vessel - Which constantly waited upon him, while he was on the sea coast.
Mt 13:2 And great multitudes. Literally, "greatest". There is every reason to believe that this was one of the greatest. It was the "turning-point in his public teaching", since the parabolic instruction now begins.