By Marla Horn Lazarus
“A can’t miss winter destination for those with a taste for life on the water.”
Save the date! On February 16-20, 2017 the Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show®, recognized as one of the world’s largest and greatest boat shows, is THE place to be over President’s Day weekend as more than 100,000 boating enthusiasts from around the globe are expected to flock to the iconic Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin for a second year.
Boaters and dreamers alike can board and browse more than 1,300 new vessels, with more new model debuts than ever before. From sport fishing boats and high performance boats, to personal watercraft and wake sport boats, family cruisers and luxury yachts, there is something for every lifestyle and budget. The latest marine technology and nautical accessories will also be on display.
You can also take a free water taxi or shuttle bus to Strictly Sail Miami, the Miami Boat Show’s second location at Miamarina at Bayside featuring approximately 130 sailboats, a large selection of sailing and power catamarans, dozens of daily seminars, and the newest sailing gear.
“This year we are going to even greater lengths to ensure that attendees to the 2017 Miami International Boat Show have a world class experience,” said Ben Wold, executive VP of the NMMA and manager for the 2017 Miami International Boat Show. “The Miami International Boat Show is known for being the event that brings out the best boats and engines, the best marine accessories and the best of boating from around the globe.”
New to 2017 is the addition of Pier 9 in order to accommodate more than 100 new luxury yachts for sale, making the Miami Boat Show one of the largest yachting exhibitions in the country. Attendees seeking the VIP treatment will also have exclusive access to everything from premium bites and live music, to concierge services, VIP parking, and an exclusive on-water VIP lounge aboard a 111-foot yacht.
If you’re looking to get out on the water, the Miami Boat Show will once again offer sea trials, where interested shoppers can take the boat of their dreams for a spin in Miami’s open waters. This year, more boat exhibitors will participate, giving boat buyers a chance to test-drive a number of options. In addition, following last year’s popular sold-out on-water boating skills workshops, the show will offer its Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training with more daily power boating and sailing courses. Space is limited; advance registration is recommended.
“This year’s show will also feature enhanced food and beverage options, ample parking, and seamless transportation via water taxi and shuttle bus to and from Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin,” said Wold. “There is definitely more to do and love at this year’s show.”
Travel to the show by land or sea! With the popularity of park-and-ride in 2016, the Miami Boat Show will offer seamless transportation to and from Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin by water taxi, shuttle bus, and more parking options. With the addition of more water taxis with higher capacities, and more shuttle busses, including mini-shuttle’s, getting to and from the show is even easier than ever before.
Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin
3501 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149