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Miami Boat Show: Where’s The Party?

Sealine Marina provides the in-water display area for the Miami Internatinal Boat Show.

You won’t have a hard time finding things to do during the day at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show Feb. 11-14. In fact, if you don’t keep moving you’ll have a hard time seeing everything worthwhile. You definitely want to stop by the Cigarette Racing Team booth on Friday for a look at the new Cigarette Mercedes-AMG concept  boat. You’ll also want to log some time in the Marine Technology, Inc. display—inside the Miami Convention Center for the first time—where a 48-footer owned by Albert Haynesworth of the Washington Redskins will be just one of the white-hot catamarans on display. And you’ll definitely want to check out Nor-Tech’s new 39-foot-long center console.

Now, only a fool would suggest that you might struggle to find things to do at night with South Beach just a few blocks from the show. But if you’re looking to spend a little time after dark with people who share your performance-boating passion, here are two events you shouldn’t miss.

Florida Powerboat Club 18th Annual Miami Boat Show Bash, Friday, Feb. 12, Raleigh Hotel

Stu Jones and the crew at the Florida Powerboat Club know how to throw a party, and the Miami Boat Show Bash is one of their best. Sure, the event celebrates the show, but it’s also a tune-up—make that a pump-up—for the FPC’s Miami Boat Show Poker Run to Islamorada the following week. You can find out more about the party on the FPC site or at its booth in the show.

SeriousOffshore Miami Boat Show Party, Saturday, Feb. 13, Mango’s Tropical Café

Like Seriousoffshore.com itself, the website’s first Miami Boat Show is event is creating big-time online buzz. Consider that the site’s event at the Super Boat International Key West World Championships last November drew more than 400 people and you can reasonably expect its Miami show party to bring in a crowd. Tickets for the event are available through SeriousOffshore.com. But be warned: At Mango’s, things are not what they seem.