OK OffshoreOnly.com fans, who’s coming to the Miami International Boat Show in two weeks? I know there are a lot of you out there who are just curious as I am to check out the event’s new venue at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Virginia Key. And I’m guessing many of you aren’t sure if the change will be positive or negative. Of course that is to be determined when the show, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, opens for its Premier Day on Thursday, February 11.
Many of the high-performance boats on display at this year’s Miami International Boat Show will be in the water at Miami Marine Stadium.
Generally speaking change is good, and I’m expecting that to be the case with the Miami show. While there are some companies who aren’t displaying as much product, if any at all, and some boat builders who are taking all or some of their boats to other locations such as Yachts Miami Beach, which was formerly the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show that runs concurrently with the show but is produced by a different organization, there’s still going to be plenty to see in the tents and at the docks.
I’m also expecting the worst when it comes to the congestion getting around the show and back and forth across the Rickenbacker Causeway to Miami Marine Stadium. Fortunately for everyone, organizers are providing free park-and-ride options with dozens of pick-up and drop-off points for water taxi and shuttle bus service located throughout Miami. You can visit www.miamiboatshow.com/public-transportation to view the full list of pick-up and drop-off points.