Marina will host superyacht display in Miami

Boats are arriving for the first Superyacht Miami show, which will be held Feb. 11-15 at Island Gardens Deep Harbour
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Boats are arriving for the first Superyacht Miami show, which will be held Feb. 11-15 at Island Gardens Deep Harbour

Boats are arriving for the first Superyacht Miami show, which will be held Feb. 11-15 at Island Gardens Deep Harbour on Watson Island and is the official extension of Yachts Miami Beach.

More than 20 superyachts, valued in excess of $800 million, will be at the inaugural show. The invitation-only Superyacht Miami will be attended by an elite group of buyers, yacht brokers and manufacturers from around the world.

Island Gardens Deep Harbour said it is North America’s only marina capable of accommodating as many as 50 of the world’s largest yachts.

Yachts Miami Beach formerly was known as the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach and it spans more than a mile of the Indian Creek Waterway from 41st Street to 54th Street along Collins Avenue, across from the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels, a location it has called home for 28 years.

Show Management produces Yachts Miami Beach and co-owns it with the Florida Yacht Brokers Association. It is completely separate from the Miami International Boat Show.

“Island Gardens Deep Harbour will host the most spectacular display of superyachts ever seen in Miami,” Show Management senior vice president and COO Andrew Doole said in a statement.

“Some of the world’s largest ultra-luxe yachts, like Silver Fast represented by Burgess and 11/11 manufactured by Benetti, have confirmed their attendance for Superyacht Miami. This elite show is for the 1 percent of the 1 percent who can afford superyachts ranging in price from $30 million to $200 million.”

Island Gardens Deep Harbour said it is fully operational and accepting daily, monthly, seasonal and annual leases. The superyacht marina offers 5,000 linear feet of capacity, accommodating an average of 50 yachts stretching to 550 feet and drafts of 18 to 21 feet.

In time for Superyacht Miami, the marina’s developer, Flagstone Property Group, will launch its marina lounge concept, The Deck at Island Gardens, which will offer a rotating menu and breathtaking views of the waterfront.

“Deep Harbour puts Miami on the map as the world’s newest superyachting capital,” said Mehmet Bayraktar, chairman and CEO of Flagstone. “Our goal is to establish Miami as the American hub on the elite yachting circuit, along with Monaco, St. Tropez, Sardinia and St. Barts.”

The public will be able to view some of the world’s largest and most expensive yachts from the public promenade, where they can also envision what the mixed-use development will feature once the upland is integrated: two luxury hotels, curated waterfront dining and high-end experiential boutique retail.

Upon completion of the entire development during the 2017-18 season, the marina also will be complemented by a public water taxi transportation system servicing Miami and the beaches.

Open and fully operational as of early January, Island Gardens Deep Harbour kicked off with a ribbon-cutting celebration attended by Miami city officials and South Florida’s yachting community.

The event was held outside the completed marina lounge, where more than 50 guests enjoyed speeches by Island Garden’s concept architect Eric Kuhne, Flagstone’s Bayraktar and Miami Mayor Tomás P. Regalado, followed by a tour of the piers.


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