BEST OF THE NEW YACHTS MIAMI BEACH
Boat show week in Miami encompasses multiple venues, but the really big boats are at Yachts Miami Beach.
For five days every February, the biggest names in the yacht industry, from worldclass yachtbuilders and elite designers to the most respected yacht brokers and captains, converge on the destination city of Miami Beach. What attracts such power players? The city’s sizzle. And if you’re anyone who’s anyone in the yachting biz, you can’t afford to not be there.
Miami Beach’s premier in-water luxury yacht show is February 16-20, with its main venue along Collins Avenue across from the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels. Yachts Miami Beach attracts thousands of yacht enthusiasts from around the world, with more than 500 new and brokerage yachts on display, along with an array of the latest marine technology and accessories. Together, the on-site merchandise is valued at more than $1 billion. The show also has a Superyacht Miami location at Island Gardens Deep Harbour on Watson Island, for deep-draft vessels up to 500 feet in length.
The 29th annual Yachts Miami Beach will have a new look and layout for 2017. Show Management and the International Yacht Brokers Association, which coown the show, engaged the design firm EDSA to reimagine Yachts Miami Beach. EDSA’s previous work includes Atlantis in the Bahamas, the John F. Kennedy Center and Disney’s signature resorts.
“EDSA has translated our vision for engagement between exhibitors and buyers into a new, strategic and aesthetically pleasing design for Yachts Miami Beach,” Show Management Senior Vice President and COO Dane Graziano said in a statement.
Spanning more than a mile along Collins Avenue from 41st Street to 54th Street, the show’s new layout is designed to highlight its waterfront location along Indian Creek Waterway. Attendees will enter through five new show entrances, each with wayfinding graphics and an information booth. Entry is $20 per person, per day. Foot traffic has been redirected from the sidewalk along Collins Avenue to the show’s network of new floating docks, where attendees will find food and beverage concessions. Yachts will be arranged in new-build and brokerage sections. Also for the first time, showgoers can arrive aboard free water taxis from parking locations.
Two different boat shows take place in Miami and Miami Beach during Presidents’ Day weekend. Yachts Miami Beach is managed, produced and co-owned by Show Management and co-owned and sponsored by the International Yacht Brokers Association. It is separate from the Miami International Boat Show on Virginia Key.