Miami shows open Thursday

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The Progressive Miami International Boat Show and the Miami Yacht Show on Collins Avenue will both open in separate locations on Thursday and will run through Monday.

The Miami International Boat Show, which is owned and operated by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, will take place on Virginia Key’s Miami Marine Stadium park and basin for the third year.

The Miami Yacht Show on Collins Avenue (formerly known as Yachts Miami Beach), is co-owned by London-based Informa and the International Yacht Brokers Association. This will be its first year for the event since Informa purchased Show Management, organizers of the show, in March.

The NMMA and Informa are working together to promote both shows and share the costs of shuttles between the two; shuttle drivers will tell passengers that they need separate show tickets.

“It can be very confusing sometimes, and many manufacturers have boats at both shows,” says Miami International Boat Show manager Larry Berryman. “We’re trying to do the best we can to educate everyone about what’s where.”

For exhibitors in both locations, the bus ride can be time-consuming, so exhibitor badges will be honored at both shows, eliminating the need for a second badge.

The two shows are also offering a “convenience ticket” for visitors who wish to visit both.

“People can purchase those online; they won’t be at the box office,” Berryman says. “It’s a new example of the two management companies working together. People had never had to do that before because they never needed a ticket for the yacht show, so it created more confusion. We’re trying to mitigate that confusion. Even exhibitors are sometimes confused about which show they’re coming to.”

The Progressive Miami International Boat Show

The 77th Miami International Boat Show will have more than 25 percent more boats in the water, with 700 boats at floating docks compared with 550 last year. An additional 700 boats will be on land.

This year’s Progressive Miami International Boat Show will feature 25 percent more boats in the water than last year.

This year’s Progressive Miami International Boat Show will feature 25 percent more boats in the water than last year.

Strictly Sail, formerly at Bayside, is moving to Virginia Key, adding sailboats to the power offerings.

The temporary marina the NMMA is building for this year’s event, with 600 piles and about 4 miles of dock, covers an area equal to about 24 football fields. The show also occupies a million square feet of land space, which includes 600,000 square feet of air-conditioned tents — and this year the tent A/C units will provide almost triple the output from last year’s, when exhibitors complained about the heat.

The Miami Yacht Show on Collins Avenue

This 30th annual installation of this show will feature more than 500 yachts covering a 1.2 million-square-foot in-water display along the Indian Creek from 41st to 54th streets.

Informa has invested several million dollars in new electrical systems and EPA-approved fiberglass docks, which are safer and easier to walk on. The company also beefed up signage, with totems that can stand up to the wind.

Informa has revamped the Miami show’s marketing, as well. There has been more cross-marketing with the Miami International Boat Show, and more targeting of international consumers.

The Miami Yacht Show on Collins Avenue features new and brokerage yachts.

The Miami Yacht Show on Collins Avenue features new and brokerage yachts.

For the third year, the Miami Yacht Show will include a display of superyachts at Island Gardens Deep Harbour on Watson Island, on I-395/MacArthur Causeway. The site can accommodate yachts as large as 500 feet, and the invitation-only show within a show, known as SuperYacht Miami, will host some of the show’s largest superyachts.

Guests can make appointments for yacht tours by contacting Island Gardens exhibitors or through Show Management. More than 20 superyachts will be on display.

There will still be large yachts on Collins Avenue: HMY Yacht Sales plans to bring the 190-foot Trinity, Skyfall, to the brokerage section, as well as the 120-foot Trinity, Finish Line. Alexander Marine plans to show a new 120-foot Ocean Alexander, and Azimut is advertising a new 114-foot yacht. HMY expects to have the 105-foot Mangusta, U Wish, in the brokerage section.

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