Yes, somehow it’s that time again. The Miami International Boat Show and 21st annual Yacht & Brokerage Show – that’s right, a two for one special – are upon us.
February 12 through 16, 2009 will usher anyone who’s anyone in the yachting industry to Florida’s most loco locale. Sizzling temperatures, “sunsational” nightlife and hot, hot yachts mean Miami is the place to be. Attending crew should have no problem letting off some steam in the middle of a winter season.
With its 21st birthday quickly approaching, the Yacht & Brokerage Show is gearing up for another great year – and we’re sure a few cocktail barges will be in toe to ring twenty-one in the right way.
More than 500 new and brokerage boats will settle into the Indian Creek Waterway, 1.2 million square feet for 10 consecutive blocks, 41st Street to 51st Street. With billions of dollars of boats on the water, there is sure to be plenty to gawk at (along with all of the interesting patrons that come to check out the vessels). Hargrave is premiering a custom 100-foot raised pilothouse, M/Y King Baby, and Christensen yachts will debut M/Y Primadonna. This 160-foot beauty is a must-see.
Don’t forget about the International Boat Show however, as it's 67th year will take place by land and by sea.
First stop is the Miami Convention Center, housing 1,700 exhibitors. If you crave all things gear, drop in to get your fix. The new for 2009 will surely be on display and with giveaways galore, maybe you could walk away a lucky winner.
If sailing is in your blood, the Strictly Sail location is a must at Miamarina At Bayside. The second in-water location is Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center, which will house small power boats.
When in Miami, do as the Miamians. There are plenty of swanky restaurants and happening night-spots to keep you up until dawn; just remember, you do have to work in the morning.
To get things started-off right, Dockwalk is hosting a happy hour for all captains and crew, courtesy of our sponsors Lauderdale Marine Center and West Marine Professional Captain's Services. Meet us at the Playwright Pub (1265 Washington Avenue) on Thursday, February 12 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for free cocktails, wine, beer and snacks. Register for the party here.
On Friday, February 13 Crew Unlimited and C U Yacht Charters is holding a speed meeting event at the USSA Pavilion, booths 41 and 42, ramp 21. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. captains, crew, brokers, owners and industry professionals can mix and mingle amongst drinks, hor'devours and raffle prizes. Bring your business card because like speed dating, every five minutes a bell will ring and you'll chat and exchange cards with someone new.
The Yacht & Brokerage Show will feature floating cocktail barges and the Miami International Boat show will host block parties Friday, February 13, through Sunday, February 15, along Convention Center Drive at the Miami Beach Convention Center with food and drink specials from 5 to 7 p.m.
And on the off-chance that you find a free moment in the midst of all this, be sure to hit the beach for some fun, sun and sand. This year’s show is sure to sizzle and will once again prove that Miami hasn’t lost its mojo, baby.
21st Annual Yacht & Brokerage Show
Thursday, February 12 – Sunday, February 15: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, February 16: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: The Indian Creek Waterway situated on Collins Avenue and spanning 10 blocks – 41st street to 51st street – from the Fontainebleau Hotel to the Wyndham Resort.
Along with free admission, the show also offers patrons continuous free bus shuttles to and from the International Boat Show to the Boat Show Convention Center location.
Miami International Boat Show
Thursday, February 12 (Premier Day) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, February 13 – Sunday, February 15 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, February 16 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Marina locations open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. daily.
Locations: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive; Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center, 1635 N. Bayshore Drive NOTE: This location does not require a pass or ticket for entry; Miamarina at Bayside (Strictly Sail Miami), 401 Biscayne Blvd. Visit the Strictly Sail Miami site for complete details: www.strictlysail.com/shows/miami.asp?show=miami
Premier Day: Thursday, February 12: $30.00
Friday, February 13 to Monday, February 16:
2 Day Pass: $30.00
Youth: 13-15 years: $6.00
12 and younger: FREE
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