It’s finally here.
After overcoming opposition from Key Biscayne that organizers could not have anticipated, the Miami International Boat Show is ready to welcome visitors to its new home — the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin — from Thursday through Monday.
The show has generated enthusiasm — mixed with perhaps the sort of trepidation that accompanies any debut — from exhibitors as they prepare for the renewed and reimagined show, which is marking its 75th year.
Many builders that in prior years wanted to increase their square footage at the packed Miami Beach Convention Center are expanding their displays and taking advantage of the in-water opportunities with boats 40 feet and larger at the new location on nearby Virginia Key.
Take a look at this video promoting the new look and locale.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association, which runs the event, says it has built the entirely new show from the ground up with vast, clear-paneled, air-conditioned tents that allow natural light to pour in and offer glimpses of the outside world and the water on Virginia Key.
Find more information at www.miamiboatshow.com.
Meanwhile, a separate event run that runs concurrently with the Miami show is staying at its longtime location, but has a new name: Yachts Miami Beach.
Formerly known as the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, Yachts Miami Beach also will run from Thursday through Monday. The largest show in the event’s 28-year history will be held on a mile-long strip of the Indian Creek Waterway along Collins Avenue and will include more than 500 new and brokerage yachts and a wide array of the latest marine technology and accessories.
The show has expanded north along Collins Avenue this year, covering more than 1.2 million square feet of space, and has added a second location — Island Gardens Deep Harbour Marina on Watson Island, which will feature a selection of superyachts from companies that include Burgess, Moran Yacht & Ship, Norwood and Ocean Independence.
“There’s no better place than Miami Beach for yacht builders to present their new designs to a sophisticated global audience,” Show Management COO Dane Graziano said in a statement.
For a complete list of yachts, visit YachtsMiamiBeach.com