The Miami Boat Show is always one of the late winter’s great gatherings for boaters and water-lovers of all ages. This year’s conclave should be no different. Marine Source tells us the show runs February 16-20. Held in concert with the Strictly Sail Boat Show, the five-day gathering takes place at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. Show hours are 10-6 Thursday and Monday, 10-8 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Strictly Sail Show is held in Miamarina at Bayside.
This show features thousands of the newest powerboats, sailboats, engines, electronics and marine accessories from more than 2,000 manufacturers. Personal watercraft, performance boats, sports fishers and mega-yachts will be on hand. Unlike some shows that cater only to the well-heeled, the Miami show is fun for all ages, and all budgets.
Show website miamiboatshow.com tells us even more in a massive 200-page online show guide. This information includes a shuttle guide from hotels, Bayside Marketplace, American Airlines Arena, and Marlins Park.
Over 400 exhibitors will be on hand. They will be vending such diverse products and services as apparel, deck furniture, and onboard navigation hardware. Major exhibitors include Aero Tec Laboratories from the U.K. and Royal Cape Catamarans from Cape Town South Africa.
Domestic exhibitors include Argonaut Computer, Inc, The Catamaran Company, Coconut Grove Sailing Club, and Nicholson Yachts Worldwide.
Regular one-day admission to the show is $25 for an adult. A two-day adult admission is $45. A season pass to every day is $100. Kids 15 and under are free.
The Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin is located at 3501 Rickenbacker Basin, in Key Biscayne. Miamarina is located at 401 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami.
Marine Source, miamiboatshow.com, 10times.com
Gildshire Reporter, Kim Hastings