There are two boat shows in the Miami area during Presidents Day weekend (Feb. 11-15) and a few updates to make navigating them easier.
One show, renamed Yachts Miami Beach, is typically attended by megayachts and yacht crew. Formerly known as the Yacht & Brokerage Show, it was renamed to highlight more than two decades on Miami Beach.
The show is free, although attendees can buy VIP tickets. There are two invitation-only events: A Yachts After Dark yacht hop on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 7-10 p.m. and a SeaKeepers event on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 8-11 p.m. at Sunset Harbor Marina.
New to this year’s show is another in-water display area at Deep Harbour, a new megayacht marina at Island Gardens on Watson Island in Miami. The deep-water docks and a lounge are complete, but upland development is under construction.
Some yachts listed on the Show Management Web site for display at Island Gardens include the 280-foot M/Y Solandge, 252-foot M/Y Silverfast, 216-foot M/Y Natita, 206-foot M/Y 11/11, 205-foot M/Y Lady Lola, 193-foot M/Y SkyFall, 191-foot M/Y Unbridled, 180-foot M/Y Steel, 180-foot M/Y Sovereign, 180-foot M/Y Cakewalk, 171-foot M/Y Gravitas, 165-foot M/Y Deja Vu, 164-foot M/Y No Name, 164-foot M/Y Papi Du Papi, 150-foot M/Y Francine, 146-foot M/Y Lady L and 141-foot M/Y Copasetic.
Ground shuttle transportation from the main part of the show on Collins Avenue to Watson Island may be arranged by an exhibitor that has yachts on display at Deep Harbour. Car parking is available on site, although the general public will not have open access to yachts on display.
For captains and crew looking for accessories, electronics, engines, apparel and services, the other show to attend is the Miami International Boat Show (MIBS). This 75-year-old show has been relocated from the Miami Beach Convention Center to Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin on Virginia Key in Miami.
Getting from the megayacht show on Collins Avenue to MIBS will be different this year. Look for the shuttle bus that will pickup and dropoff south of Sunset Harbour Yacht Club at 18th Street and Purdy Avenue where water taxi service is available to MIBS. No parking is available at that location.
Visitors coming from all other locations are advised to plan ahead and prepay for tickets and parking passes. Parking will be limited on Virginia Key. Tickets start at $20 and parking ranges from $5-50.
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Dorie Cox is associate editor of The Triton. Comments on this story are welcome at email@example.com.