Boat show week in Miami en­com­passes mul­ti­ple venues, but the re­ally big boats are at Yachts Miami Beach.

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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.

TOP TO BOT­TOM: The su­pery­acht venue at Is­land Gar­dens Deep Har­bour Ma­rina on Wat­son Is­land, with the strik­ing Miami sky­line in the back­ground; Miami Beach nightlife is like no other; Ren­der­ing of the in­fra­struc­ture in progress on Wat­son Is­land.

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