The 32nd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show is set to take place from March 23-26 along Flagler Drive in Downtown West Palm Beach, directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach Island. Ranked highly among the top 10 yachting events in the world, the show will feature more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts and accessories, including hundreds of boats ranging from small inflatables and tenders to superyachts nearly 300 feet in length.
Building on the momentum of continued growth, the Palm Beach International Boat Show has earned recognition by many renowned European shipyards for the special audience it attracts to one of the world’s most popular destinations for the global elite. Among the prestigious builders joining the roster of exhibitors at the 2017 event are Amels, Feadship, Heesen, Moonen and Palumbo.
“Exhibitors are reaching a different and very sought-after buyer at the Palm Beach show,” said Andrew Doole, senior vice president and COO of Show Management, the company that manages and produces the show. “Palm Beach attracts an affluent audience of boat and yacht owners who typically do not visit the shows in Fort Lauderdale or Miami Beach. Palm Beach is their show of choice.”
To accommodate the number of superyachts larger than 200 feet at this year’s event, a satellite location will be held at Rybovich. Private water tenders will transport interested buyers and charter clients to and from the additional show locale to the north.
“The Palm Beach show is exceptional in terms of the number of large yacht sales transactions and charter bookings that take place during the show,”said Doole.
In addition to a wide selection of watercraft and marine accessories on display, the Palm Beach International Boat Show offers fun for the whole family, including live musical entertainment, exciting special events and educational activities for boaters and anglers of all ages.
IGFA School of Sportfishing Seminars
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is hosting 14 of its highly-acclaimed School of Sportfishing seminars onsite at the show. Featuring instruction by some of the best captains and anglers in South Florida, the seminars share the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize success on the water. Free with show admission, the seminars are perfect for avid anglers and will take place at booth 746A. For more information, please visit IGFA.org.
Kids’ Fishing Clinics by Hook the Future
For aspiring anglers ages four to 16, the Kids’ Fishing Clinics offer instruction in basic fishing techniques. Presented by Hook the Future and the Palm Beach Post, the Kids’ Fishing Clinics offer interactive instruction in selecting tackle and lures, casting a rod and reel, reeling in a fish and fishing ethics. Upon completion of all learning stations, participants are eligible to win special prizes. Hosted by Captain Don Dingman, the clinics are free with show admission and take place in the Meyer Amphitheater Field located between Datura and Evernia Streets inside the show grounds on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 at noon and 2 p.m.
Presented by PassageMaker magazine, CruiserPort offers free boating seminars taught by renowned industry professionals. It’s the direct portal into the cruising lifestyle! For more information, visit PassageMaker.com.
The Palm Beach International Boat Show will once again feature the AquaZone by Nautical Ventures, an exciting and engaging attraction designed to give Palm Beach boat show-goers an upfront and personal experience with a variety of water sports and innovative products. The AquaZone’s 60-foot by 30-foot, 40,000-gallon demonstration pool will be located within the Meyer Amphitheater area and will be home to in-water demos, hands-on testing, and a one-stop learning center for information and product knowledge from Nautical Ventures and AquaZone exhibitors. Expect to see live paddle boarding, SUP Yoga, Hobie kayaks, hovercrafts, life rafts, Lehr propane outboards, the Evinrude G-2 outboard, a WaveJet self-propelled SUP, and VersaDock modular docking systems, and much more!
Hands-On Boat Handling Classes
Presented by Carefree Boat Club, all sessions are taught by US Coast Guard licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors. Offering something for everyone, from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers, participants will learn basic and advanced skills that will last a lifetime. Topics cover basic and advanced docking skills, open water boat handling, anchoring and multi-vessel rafting techniques, and more. Space is limited; advanced registration recommended. For the full schedule of classes, visit www.goo.gl/CTd9gd.
Where to Eat?
In addition to the numerous food vendors on site, visitors to the boat show are only steps away from the Clematis Street District, where numerous dining establishments provide world class cuisine. One of these fine restaurants specializes in what could have been the inspiration for one of Jimmy Buffet’s signature tunes.
Grease is just steps away from the waterfront, making it easy for Boat Show guests to chow down on Grease’s newest burger, The Mr. Bigg, a 12 oz. burger with crispy pecan bacon, frizzled onions, zesty pepper jack cheese and topped off with a tasty garlic aioli ($12.95). To seal the deal, Grease offers a premiere selection of 130 craft beers available by the bottle and on tap, as well as an extensive whiskey list.
What’s your favorite go to place to grab a bite in the neighborhood? Let us know!
The 2017 Palm Beach International Boat Show owned and presented by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. (MIAPBC) and managed and produced by Show Management. For more information including parking and transportation maps visit ShowManagement.com, download the show’s free smartphone app MyBoatShow, or call 954-764-7642. To make travel arrangements contacts the show’s official travel partner, BoatShowHotels.com.
2017 SHOW SCHEDULE:
12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23
10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, March 24
10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, March 26
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