The Miami boat show is staged in the middle of February (February 12-16, 2015).
Boat shows in South Florida are amazing events, drawing yachts of all types and sizes from around the world. Despite world economic issues, the yachting world has managed to survive and even proliferate. Many new and exciting yacht models are introduced at the Miami Boat Show, along with new technology improvements.
The Miami International Boat Show is actually staged in several areas:
- Miami Beach Convention Center – (1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Florida) Inside and outdoor displays featuring smaller boats including run-abouts, outboard boats and technology vendors – tickets required
- Sea Isle Marina (1635 N. Bayshore Drive, Miami, Florida) – Featuring new yachts and a large selection of mid-sized brokerage yachts (no ticket required)
- Strictly Sail at Miami Marina Bayside (400 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Florida) Featuring all sailing yachts both new and brokerage sailing yachts
Courtesy shuttle buses run to all three locations. Water taxis provide shuttle services between Sea Isle and Bayside Marinas.
A separate and very popular venue (not associated with the Miami International Boat Show) is the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show located on Collins Avenue between 41st Street and 51 st Street. New yachts for sale (typically found directly on Collins Avenue towards the south end of the boat show) and used yachts for sale are found in this large show. A section of the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show is dedicated to trawler enthusiasts and known as the Trawlerport Long-Range Cruisers Show at the north end of the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show. Admission is free to all sections of this show.
For the active attendee, the Miami Boat Show can be overwhelming in size. This boat show consists of mainly motor yachts including sport fishers, trawlers, cruisers, pilothouse yachts and mega yachts. In water yachts typically starting at 40’ with mega yachts up to around 170’ in length. It is hard to see the different venues offered at the Miami boat show in just one day.
- Fly into the Fort Lauderdale International Airport or the Miami International Airport. While the Fort Lauderdale Airport is a bit further, it is a much easier airport to fly in and out of.
- Make reservations for hotels early. The most desirable hotels are located on the beach along AIA. Most hotels are an easy taxi ride to the show or by shuttle service.
- Parking for the Miami boat show can be challenging. Some pricy valet service and lots are near the front of the Yacht and Brokerage show. Public parking lots nearby the show fill up quickly by boat show vendors and many can be found on 41st Street. One of my favorites is a public garage located just to the north of 41st and Royal Palm Drive. Other public parking is available in metered spaces (bring plenty of quarters) just south of the Collins Avenue show and along A1A.
- Wear good walking shoes which are easy to slip in and out of. All show yachts require removing shoes before boarding. A lot of walking will be needed to see the various yachts.
- Check the weather and bring an umbrella if it looks like it will rain.
- There are not many bathrooms, however there are portable ones scattered mostly along the south side of the Miami Brokerage Show directly on Collins Avenue.
- Good restaurants can be found in the hotels directly across from the Miami Brokerage Show on Collins Avenue.
- Wear summer clothing as it is often hot at the Miami boat show
- Make plans to come to the boat show on the least crowded days which include Thursday, Friday and Monday. The weekends at the Maimi boat show are very crowded.
- If you are actively looking to buy a yacht, you should consider engaging a yacht broker who:
- Will provide an itinerary with yachts closely matched to your needs and guide you to them
- Arrange for tickets or passes to the various paid boat show venues
- Get you on yachts easily and without having to register
- Be able to show you the finer points of the various yachts often with ‘inside’ knowledge
- Arrange for visits to local yachts in your category which may not be in the boat show. There are often plenty of yachts which are actively for sale, but not in the show.
Ak Yachts of Fort Lauderdale, Florida will provide the best possible service at no cost for you to make the most of your Miami boat show experience!
“Greg and I can’t thank you enough for all your efforts during the 2012 International Boat Show in Fort Lauderdale. Your seamless door-to-door service through the winds and rain of hurricane Sandy made our two days at the show productive, informative and comfortable. Had we wandered the docks on our own we would have significantly reduced our ability to view boats and would not have had the benefit of your industry knowledge to better guide us. Our time aboard some thirty or more vessels that you had pre-selected for our review was well targeted and efficiently executed. As a result of the large number of appropriate boats viewed we were able to focus our preferences more accurately and begin to formulate a realistic strategy for our buying decisions. Thank you very much once again for your time and attention and also our thanks to Connie for her driving prowess!”
Greg Braunig and Scott Breuninger