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Miami18: Miami features two boat shows this weekend

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There is no such thing as the Miami Boat Show. There are two boat shows from Thursday to Monday in Miami, but neither carry that colloquial name.

Most captains and crew are working in the 30th installment of the in-water brokerage show along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. That show has a new name this year. After being known as the Yacht & Brokerage Show for more than two decades, it became Yachts Miami Beach in 2016. With new co-owners last year came new branding and a new name: the Miami Yacht Show.

The show has been redesigned over the past two years to limit entry points in an effort to get people off the sidewalk along Collins and more into the show. Last year saw an admission charge of $20 to enter the previously free show. This year, daily tickets cost $25, and tickets to the new VIP Experience are $150 per day.

There is also about 5,000 feet of new docks, and upgrades to equipment valued at about $7 million, according to Andrew Doole, vice president/general manager of Show Management Informa.

In an effort to keep the show growing, show organizers added a mini show called Superyachts Miami at the deep-water marina Island Gardens on Watson Island, just off the southern tip of Miami Beach.

Miami also hosts the 79th installment of the Miami International Boat Show, and while its name didn’t change, it did relocate from the Miami Beach Convention Center to Miami Marine Stadium Park on Virginia Key a few years ago.

That show is owned and produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and, as you might expect, includes exhibits from boat and boat part manufacturers. It has expanded its in-water displays now that it has water around it, and relocated the Strictly Sail portion of the show onsite. Tickets for adults are $40 today, $25 Friday through Monday.

The two shows have partnered to enable attendees to purchase one ticket good for both shows. While the $50 dual ticket does not offer a savings, it might alleviate ticket purchase and line inconveniences.

Free shuttle buses connect both shows between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Look for bus stops 1, 3 and 5.

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