Your Guide to The 2017 Miami Boat Show

Whether you’re angling for luxury or to learn a new sailing skill, this show’s got it all!

Miami’s favorite boat show invites you to its new destination. The 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show will take place at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin this President’s Day weekend, February 16-20, 2017. The new site makes attending the show easier than ever, as it’s located across the Bay from downtown Miami, accessible from land or water, and equipped with plentiful parking, shuttle rides, and water taxi service.

“This is the winter destination to find the best in boating,” said Cathy Rick-Joule, VP of Boats Shows for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, host of the show and leading trade association representing boat, engine, and accessory manufacturers. “We guarantee it will be an incredible show experience.”

With over 1 million square feet of exhibition space, the show will display over 1,300 boats—about half of which will be on sea. Over 100,000 attendees from 35 countries will peruse offerings from over 1,100 exhibitors, while taking in premium food and beverage options from trucks and carts or on a 111-foot luxury yacht. But it’s not all fun and games—the Miami boat show supports 6,592 full-time jobs in Florida and has an economic impact of $597 million.

“The show’s impact is significant beyond our 5-day stay and we do not do it alone,” Rick-Joule said. “We appreciate the city’s unwavering commitment.”

Admission starts at $25 for adults (kids get in free!) with packages and passes that go up to $100. The VIP experience includes a private lounge, happy hours, live music, free Wi-Fi, luxury product displays and services, and complimentary massages and manicures. Tickets are on sale at miamiboatshow.com.

Start mapping out your itinerary now! Either wander the exhibition space at your own leisure, or plan to attend these exclusive Strictly Sail Miami events and classes (advance registration for a class includes show admission)...

 

Biscayne Bay Sunset Cruises

  • When: 5:30-7:30, Friday through Sunday
  • Daily Price: $99 per person, or $75 per person for groups of 2 or more
  • Sit back and relax with a glass of wine, or grab a line and join the crew. Either way, it’s a unique opportunity to savor the Miami experience.

 

Learn to Sail

  • When: 10 AM-1 PM
  • Daily Price: $69 in advance, $99 at the show
  • Discover how easy and fun it is to sail. Gain a working knowledge of essential skills including how to raise, lower, and trim the sails; tack and jibe; steer, slow and stop the boat; and more.

 

Coastal Cruising Fundamentals

  • When: 2:00-5:00
  • Daily Price: $99 in advance, $125 at the show
  • Learn boat control skills and techniques that are the foundation for competence, confidence, and safety. These essential skills include heaving, reefing, and adjusting the sails to balance the helm; steering with the sails; and crew overboard recovery.

 

Essential Charter Skills

  • When: 2:00-5:00
  • Daily Price: $99 in advance, $125 at the show
  • Whether dropping the hook in a deserted cove for a quiet lunch, or pulling into a crowded anchorage for the week, certain skills help minimize anxiety and assure safety. Learn essentials like maneuvering under power, crew communications, anchoring and rigging a snubber, techniques for crowded anchorage, two anchor set-ups and more.

 

Introduction to Cruising - Spinnakers

  • When: 2:00-5:00
  • Daily Price: $150 in advance, $175 at the show
  • Considered an essential part of a cruising sailor’s inventory, this class takes the mystery out of setting, flying, and dousing a cruising spinnaker. Learn fundamentals such as how to rig the boat correctly, crew positioning, and spinnaker-specific tasks like hoisting and gybing.

 

Introduction to Cruising – Catamarans

  • When: 10 AM-1 PM
  • Daily Price: $99 in advance, $125 at the show
  • Experience firsthand the expansive comfort, impressive speed, and precise maneuverability of the modern cruising catamaran along with the unique sailing and handling needs of larger “Cats”. This session is ideal for newcomers and monohull sailors with little to no experience on multihulls.