For the last 72 years, the Magic City has played host to one of the globe’s largest boating exhibitions, The Miami International Boat Show. This year’s show is sure to wow each of its guests, from the curious bystander to a seasoned sea captain.
Spanning five days—February 14 to 18—and three locations to accommodate all those fabulous yachts and sea mansions, the show is taking over 2.5 million square feet of exhibition space to strut its stuff. Each location is equipped to host a variety of events:
The Sea Isle Marina (1635 North Bayshore Drive, Miami) offers attendees a glimpse of what it’s like to be at the helm with clinics, hands-on seminars and on-the-water boating instruction. Presented by the Recreational Powerboating Association, these classes are bound to fill up quickly. Since last year’s show drew a crowd of 100,917 be sure you reserve your place ahead of time.
If sailboats are more your style, make sure to experience Strictly Sail Miami at the Miamarina at Bayside (400 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami), where you can browse the most diverse selections of the world’s finest catamarans. Famed sailor Jimmy Cornell is scheduled to make an appearance, so be sure to soak up some tips of the trade from the renowned sportsman.
Of course, don’t forget the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach) for a chance to score the latest electronics, nautical gifts, apparel and more. But while you’re there, stop and visit with celebrities Chis Fischer and Brett McBride of the A&E channel’s Shark Wrangler series, who are slated to make appearances.
Let’s not forget the main attractions, those are-you-serious sea castles that could make even Jaw’s mouth drop. The largest boat set to be displayed is the 2013 97′ Marlow Explorer 97E. Designed with both environmental and performance awareness in mind, the Explorer features a grand salon and formal dining room for entertaining on those haute summer nights. Equipped with six guest cabins, crew quarters, two kitchens and a full laundry service facility, this sea monster gives new meaning to all-inclusive traveling.
Also on hand will be the Petrus II, the Italian masterpiece that defines everything a “Super Yacht” should be. Designed by famed architect Stefano Righini as part of the Benetti Classic Supreme line, this ship gives you something to look forward to with every cruise. The handsome interior is furnished with natural oak with leather accents that are only accentuated by the light let in through the full height windows encircling the cabin’s body. Outside, the 100m sundeck is graciously divided into four sections for a more private getaway. With luxury seating also designed by the Benetti Style team, any piece the owner wishes to include is sure to provide the ultimate in both comfort and relaxation.
Not to sound too cliché, but, we’re sure you’ll find your mind sailing out to sea at the sight of any of the jewels featured at this year’s show. And, who knows, maybe you’ll just find one that you can’t leave without.