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Organizers prepare for Palm Beach show

Following a successful Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, where boatbuilders and brokers reported the return of qualified buyers, the 27th Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show is on track for an equally impressive performance, organizers said.

The yachting event takes place March 22-25 and will feature hundreds of boats ranging from small inflatables and center consoles to fishing boats and superyachts over 150 feet. The show, one of the top 10 boat shows in the nation, features more than $350 million worth of boats, yachts and accessories from the world's leading marine manufacturers.

With the addition of 40 in-water slips at Palm Harbor Marina at the show's north end, this year's event will feature more megayachts than in years past and a larger number of smaller boats in the expanded land display area.

“This is looking to be a very strong show,” Show Management senior vice president and COO Dane Graziano said in a statement. “Exhibitor feedback from The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach was very positive and we expect Palm Beach to follow suit.”

New to this year's show is TrawlerPort, a show within a show. TrawlerPort will offer a display of the long-range cruisers called trawlers in lengths ranging from 35 to 90 feet and built for the long-term cruising of regional and worldwide destinations.

Also new this year is MyBoatShow, the show's new smart-phone app. The free app, available on iPhone, iPad and Android platforms, is designed to help users navigate the show's docks, land areas and tents. Attendees can access show maps and search for exhibitors, manufacturers, product categories and boats by specifications and size. The app also provides the show schedule, seminar information, maps, food and drink locations, restroom locations and emergency services.

In addition to a wide selection of watercraft, marine accessories, refreshments and live musical entertainment, the show offers special events and educational activities for boaters of all ages. The International Game Fish Association School of Sportfishing will present “mini-sessions” throughout the show with some of the area's best captains and professional anglers, who will share sportfishing tips and tricks. Hook The Future's Kids Fishing Clinics, for little anglers ages 4 to 16, takes place the Saturday and Sunday of the show.

The Palm Beach International Boat Show is owned and sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and managed and produced by Show Management.

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