Miami International Boat Show: What’s New for 2018

Miami Boat Show

Calling all yachting enthusiasts! The International Miami Boat Show returns President’s Day Weekend (February 15-19) to Virginia Key in Miami. And this year, you don’t want to miss boating’s biggest week. What should you expect? Worldwide Boat has a run-down of what’s new in 2018.

Every year in February, the Miami Marine Stadium becomes the center of the yachting universe. More than 1,400 boats, yachts, sailboats and catamarans are on display, and almost every marine product manufactures attends. This year: Yachts like the 80’ Marlow Yachts Explorer 80E and the Sunseeker Predator 57 MK II are sure to show stoppers.

Other great exhibits: The 2018 show will feature a new sailing venue, as well as demos of thousands of boat and sailing products, including the latest yachting technology.

Bottom line, this a yachting industry event you don’t want to miss, and this year, there’s plenty of new exhibits and experiences that are new to the show.

Must-See Miami Boat Show Events

In 2018, organizers are calling the Miami Boat Show the biggest and best show ever. Here’s a look at what’s on the agenda:

Sailor’s Paradise – Strictly Sail Miami. In the past, Strictly Sail has been held offsite. This year, the Boat Show and Strictly Sail are teaming up and both will be at the same venue, Marine Stadium. With more than 50 monohulls and catamarans on display, as well as daily seminars and meet-and-greets with top sailing experts, sailors won’t want to miss this event.

VIP Experience. Experience the Boat Show through a luxury lens. Visitors can now enjoy a new, all-inclusive show pass, which includes complimentary food, drink and entertainment. Plus, the VIP viewing deck offers panoramic views of the show and Miami’s skyline.

Products Demos and Displays. Manufacturers of more than 80 percent of the boating and yachting products sold in the U.S. will display at the show. And this year technology is a focus. One display you won’t want to miss: The Mercury Vessel View suite of semi-autonomous, self-driving technologies are expected to be a big hit.

World-Class Dining. Sit back, relax and enjoy some of Miami’s greatest food at the show. Great Performances, the show’s caterer, is teaming up with Miami’s top restaurants and food trucks to offer visitors an array of culinary options. Check out: Sushi Maki, Latin Café and The Knife Steakhouse (among many others).

Check Out the Miami Yacht Show While You’re In Town

Miami Boat Show aerial view
Another new option at the Miami International Boat Show: Joint passes are available to attend both the Boat Show and the nearby Miami Yacht Show.

With hundreds of stunning luxury yachts on display, the Miami Yacht Show (formerly “Yachts Miami Beach”) offers an insider’s view of luxury charter yachts, with many new and used yachts for sale. The Miami Yacht Show occurs simultaneously (Feb. 15 to Feb. 19) just off Collins Avenue on Miami Beach.

The show – now in its 30th year – showcases the best of the best in luxury yachting. Be sure to check out:

Yachts on Display. Hundreds of luxury yachts dock on more than an mile-long stretch of Indian Creek Waterway during the show. This year, 500 new, brokerage and charter yachts will be on display.

Water Toys Displays. See the newest and best yacht water toys on the market, with displays and demonstrations.

VIP Experience. VIP visitors can expect a full range of amenities, like a floating cocktail lounge, complimentary food, an open bar, and concierges.

Want some more information about the charter yachts that will be on display? Contact your Worldwide Boat broker. We’ve got the details on all the charter yachts on display at the Miami Yacht Show.

Let Us Help You See the Show in Style

Planning to attend the Miami Boat Show? Contact your Worldwide Boat broker to learn more about what you can expect, exclusives on charter yachts, and more.

Our brokers can also help you charter a yacht for the show for the full Miami Beach experience.

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