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Looking Ahead to the Miami Boat Show

I can’t speak for everyone who is busy preparing for the upcoming Miami International Boat Show, which by the way starts six weeks from today with the show’s Premier Day opening on February 16, but boy am I excited about this year’s show. Last year, as many of you know, was a bit of trial and error being that it was the first time at the new Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin location rather than the mainstay Miami Beach Convention Center.

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For Matt Trulio and me, the Miami International Boat Show is almost as much about catching up with friends as it is about gathering news and information. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

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As many people expected with the change of scenery in 2016, the logistics topped the list of criticism following several days at the new venue. The orchestration from arriving and leaving the show, as well as certain sections of the show’s floor plan that seemed to generate less foot traffic, were the primary sticking points.

Beyond that, however, most of the feedback I received from the show goers and exhibitors was that they enjoyed the new location. And the same feedback is coming in as I talk to many of the boat builders, engine manufacturers and parts suppliers that are busy ramping up for the 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show.

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