Palm Beach show returns in two weeks

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The Palm Beach International Boat Show will have more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts, boats and marine accessories.

The Palm Beach International Boat Show will have more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts, boats and marine accessories.

The 32nd Palm Beach International Boat Show is set to visit downtown West Palm Beach along Flagler Drive from March 23-26.

The show will feature more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts, boats and marine accessories.

This year’s show also will welcome several new exhibitors from leading European boat-builders such as Amels, Feadship, Heesen, Moonen and Palumbo, show organizers told the Sun Sentinel.

“Exhibitors are reaching a different and very sought-after buyer at the Palm Beach show,” Andrew Doole, senior vice president and chief operations officer of Show Management, the event’s manager and producer, told the newspaper.

“Palm Beach attracts an affluent audience of boat and yacht owners who typically do not visit the shows in Fort Lauderdale or Miami Beach,” Doole added. “Palm Beach is their show of choice.”

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To accommodate more of the bigger and pricier yachts, the show will offer a new location farther north along Flagler Drive at the Rybovich superyacht marina for vessels of more than 200 feet. Interested buyers and charter customers will be ferried by water in private tenders to and from the new site, show organizers said this week.

“The Palm Beach show is exceptional in terms of the number of large yacht sales transactions and charter bookings that take place,” Doole said.

The show also will offer educational activities, including free youth fishing clinics by Hook The Future, IGFA School of Sportfishing seminars, long-range cruising clinics and on-the-water boat handling classes, Show Management said. Visitors can also enjoy live music and food and beverage options across the event, which is owned by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County Inc.

The county’s marine industry generated more than $1.8 billion in economic impact and accounted for 18,220 jobs in fiscal 2014, according to a study by Thomas J. Murray Associates Inc. on the association’s behalf.

In recent years the show has gained more of an international following in terms of exhibitors and visitors, which led organizers in 2009 to include “international” in its name.

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