Miami boat show — bringing back the heat

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Amid a global recession and with a nor'easter raging in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions, attendance was down slightly at this year's Miami International Boat Show, produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. And those of you who were able to attend likely didn't have the time to investigate every display from the 2,000 exhibitors on hand Feb. 11-15 at the Miami Beach Convention Center and Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center, not to mention the 22nd annual Yacht & Brokerage Show running concurrently in Miami Beach.

That's where we come in.

{flv}miami_overview2{/flv}Soundings and Soundings Trade Only staffers - armed with pens, notepads, cameras and camcorders - hopped the last flight out of Hartford, Conn., before it closed for snow delays, and landed in Miami on a mission: to cover every boat, engine and product at the conference center and in-water site. Our reporters and editors crisscrossed the show floor from opening until they kicked us out at night in an effort to bring you every new or interesting boat or piece of gear on display.

Over the next few months you will see the results of our efforts in the form of articles and analysis in our print magazines, and multimedia Web coverage such as the videos with this newsletter.

Click play for an overview of the show, including plenty of new-boat introductions, and a preview of the people and products that caught our eye, including:

  • the Hybrid Concept Vessel from Mercury Marine, which moves under battery power alone, powered by twin pod drives, or both for an extra kick while getting on plane
  • Al Copeland Jr.'s 56-foot Phenomenon, which he hopes to drive past the 220.5 mph speed record
  • SeaFox's fuel-efficient 22-foot Bay Fox
  • Scout's newest center console, a 34-footer the company hopes will appeal to both die-hard anglers and cruisers
  • MercMonitor's ECO-Screen, named West Marine's Green Product of the Year at the show
  • Grady-White's Fisherman 230, designed for Yamaha's new 300 hp 4-strokes
  • The Passion catamaran, fitted out with on-board hot tub and two bubbly bikini models. ... Hey - it's Miami!

Stories in this issue:

Miami boat show - bringing back the heat
On Powerboats Online
Keep the water on the outside
The Cup is back home