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The Miami International Boat Show and Palm Beach Boat Show are highlights of the US yachting calendar and much anticipated every spring by yachting devotees. Delivering the opportunity to visit the latest superyachts for sale and charter, meet luxury yacht brokers, view the latest water toys and marine equipment, or talk with shipyard experts, the insight consolidated in one location is exceptional. Not in the market for a new boat or superyacht? These popular boat shows also offer a fantastic day out for the entire family to savor the ambiance and investigate the yachting world a little further.
A Crowd Favorite For Its Atmosphere And Lineup
Billed as one of the largest boat show experiences in the world, the Miami International Boat Show 2022 delivers atmosphere, diversity, and a veritable smorgasbord of nautical offerings. From huge superyachts to personal watercraft, the wide variety of manufacturer exhibitions includes safety accessories, navigational equipment, and marine electronics, showcasing an array of innovation and future vision for all to enjoy. From 16 to 20 February, Miami hosts this non-stop showcase of displays and activities, with the on-land area set to unfold at the newly redesigned Miami Beach Convention Center and Pride Park. The in-water components of the show are located at Sea Isle Marina, One Herald Plaza, Museum Park Marina, and IGY Yacht Haven Grande at Island Gardens. Boasting family activity zones, lifestyle activations, educational seminars, and a range of superyacht exhibitors, to name but a few, there is so much to enjoy in the spectacular five days of the Miami International Boat Show. Besides the fabulous sun, sand, sea, and surf in Miami, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a relaxed time out at a live production in the decadent Fauna Theater, a leisurely stroll through the Design District, or head to Artechouse where digital technology meets art.
Steadily growing year on year with extra dock space, more marine brands, and ever-larger yachts, the Palm Beach Boat Show hits the water from 24-27 March on the West Palm Beach waterfront along Flagler Drive. Renowned for delivering top-quality exhibitions with generally excellent weather, Palm Beach does tend to boast smaller crowds in the center of America’s wealthiest zip code. 2022 may prove to be even better than ever with a number of new to the market yachts on display such as the exceptional 68m Abeking & Rasmussen SOARING making her US debut. With yacht ownership becoming one of the most popular ways to ensure a safe and private vacation on the water, the exclusive opportunity for yachts like this will undoubtedly be in high demand. With exciting all-day demos in the Aquazone and a program of kids fishing clinics with marine experts, there is so much to see and do. For a break from the Palm Beach Boat Show, shopping on Worth Avenue is akin to Rodeo Drive, while the exhibits at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum are a superb cultural distraction.
3 Ways To Prepare For The Shows
Lauren Littlejohn of luxury yacht brokerage Ocean Independence comments, “As one of the top shows, Palm Beach is more relaxed and laid back than other US shows. Easily accessible and in the heart of Palm Beach, guests can enjoy taking a day to view yachts and toys, grab a bite to eat at some of the fabulous restaurants within walking distance from the show, and chat with their broker, all with relative ease.”
While the sheer size and volume of yachts on display can be overwhelming, following a few tips can ensure that you make the most of your boat show experience:
1. Know Your Goals
Do you want to buy a yacht or charter a yacht? What size vessel are you looking for? Most yacht shows have separate areas for smaller vessels, superyachts, and accessories – and there is often quite a distance between them. If you are looking to seriously view yachts at a show, engaging the skills of an experienced broker is highly recommended. However, if you are viewing yachts without assistance or just partaking in a fun day out, be sure to consult the event map ahead of time. It is often said that the magic number of yacht viewings in a day is three, anything over this and the details will start to blur, so take note and plan carefully. The fact that boat shows span several days is a great advantage, as with so much to see and numerous distractions, it is important to adopt a measured approach.
2. Broker Knows Best
In much the same way that a successful stock or real estate broker studies and knows their market, yacht brokers are continually analyzing theirs in order to be up to date with pricing trends, supply, demand, and global yacht listings. Most luxury yacht brokers will have a team on the ground at all major shows, however, contacting them ahead of time can give you an advantage. Scheduling ahead with your broker ensures preferred access for yacht visits alongside a respected industry member aligned with your best interests at heart, a fact reiterated by Littlejohn, “Do remember to contact your broker ahead of time. Let them know you’re coming and what you may be interested in looking for. Your broker can then put together a list of options to view, wholly specific to your desires, with a plan to maximize time at the show”.
3. Comfort Is King
Essential items such as a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are vital as it can often get pretty hot when yacht-hopping. Shoes need to be easy on and off, as these are left quayside to protect the delicate teak deck when heading on board – additionally, comfortable footwear is crucial while walking the jetties. Your broker can arrange tickets, but if going unaccompanied these are worth ordering ahead of time.
Whether a potential charterer, a yacht owner looking to upsize, or just a local resident with a love of boating, both the Palm Beach Boat Show and Miami International Boat Show are must-attend events. With such a wide selection of yachts on the water all in one place, this is truly an immersive opportunity for yachting enthusiasts to pursue their passion.