With the Florida Powerboat Club Miami Boat Show Poker Run and Exhibit fleet in Key Largo this weekend, we decided to take a by-the-numbers look at the 2022 happening. Those numbers, of course, don’t tell the complete story—they never do—but they do paint a picture of a robust event for the equally robust high-performance powerboat segment of the marine industry.
Maryland’s David and Jennifer Landsman are enjoying the Florida Powerboat Club event with friends in their brand new MTI 390X catamaran that was on display at last week’s Miami International Boat Show. Photos by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix
Miami Boat Show Poker Run By The Numbers
• Boats registered: 79
• Total linear length: 3,070 feet
• Average boat length: 38.8 feet
• Largest boat: 80-foot Sunseeker
• Smallest boat: 26-foot Costa Custom
• Most first-time entries by brand—3 for DCB Performance Boats, one M44 Widebody catamaran and two M37R Widebody catamarans.
• Boats 50 feet or longer: 7 entries
The sponsor docks at Gilbert’s Resort and Tiki Bar, the host venue for the exhibit, include a Cigarette 515 from Chief Marine Group. Big Thunder Marine is displaying the newest Fountain Powerboats 32 NX Sport Console, a Donzi Marine 38 ZRC and a 38-foot Fountain center console. Fellow Missouri-based dealership Performance Boat Center is showcasing a Sunsation Boats 32 CCX center console, a Wright Performance 360 catamaran and a Cigarette 41 Nighthawk. MTI’s waterfront display includes a new 390X catamaran and a MTI-V 50 center console. (For performance boat enthusiasts interested in checking out MTI’s spectacular Black Diamond cat, the boat will be at Gilbert’s Friday only.)
Check out the slideshow above for more images from the Thursday run from Miami to Gilbert’s Resort in Key Largo.
Fans of Midnight Express Boats will find plenty to enjoy including the company’s 43-foot center console No. 100 and a stunning new 43 Solstice. Plantation Boat Mart is bringing Blackwater’s first Mercury Marine Verado 600 outboard engine-powered 43-foot center console, as well as three Deep Impact center consoles. Concept Boats will have a trio of new 44-footers in the mix.
A new sponsor, Manatee Marine Unlimited, is showcasing the first stateside H44Z center console—the H. Craft line is manufactured in Abu Dhabi.
“Although they won’t be ‘present’ at the manufacturing sponsor docks, Mercury Racing, Cigarette Racing Team, Top Gun Yachts, Mystic Powerboats and MYCO Trailers will be supporting the Florida Powerboat Club throughout the 2022 calendar year,” said Stu Jones, the president of the organization.