Brokerage show will be bigger than last year

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The 21st annual Yacht & Brokerage Show has expanded some 15 to 20 percent to accommodate new exhibitors and larger displays. “There is more interest from exhibitors because last year was a really good show,” says Emily Taffel-Schaper, senior account executive for Haber & Quinn Public Relations.

Taffel-Schaper says organizers are expecting a good turnout.

“Superyachts are still holding strong,” she says. “They’re still selling.”

The sentiment up to now has been that the large yacht market is holding its own, but that premise could be challenged as the recession deepens worldwide.

The show, a multimillion-dollar presentation of yachts and super-yachts, runs Feb. 12-16 along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, simultaneous with the Miami International Boat Show.

The in-water-only presentation will take up more than 1.2 million square feet of space across a mile-long strip of the Indian Creek Waterway. The promoters say they’ll have 500 new and used vessels, valued at more than three-quarters of a billion dollars.

The array of boats includes superyachts, sportfishing craft, express cruisers, family cruisers and oceangoing trawlers from 30 to 160 feet, with price tags running between $250,000 and $30 million.

The docks will be lined with new models from Azimut, Bertram, Christensen, Fairline, Ferretti, Hargrave, Hatteras, Marquis, Ocean Alexander, Riviera, Rodriguez, San Marino, Sessa, Sunseeker, Viking, Westport and others.

Taffel-Schaper says many exhibitors will be offering “huge deals” and “great perks,” such as free trips for buyers to see the facilities in which their yachts will be built.

A party atmosphere will prevail on Collins Avenue, with live music, entertainment and food on the floating cocktail barges.

Free shuttles will be offered to and from the Miami Beach Convention Center and Sea Isle Marina — the two Miami International Boat Show locations.

The brokerage show is  owned by the Florida Yacht Brokers Association and produced by Show Management Inc.

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