The Miami International Boat Show is coming up soon! Check out some of the latest updates, below, from Speed on the Water, and BoatingIndustry.com!
With the Miami International Boat Show coming up quickly, my speedonthewater.com co-publisher Jason Johnson and I are gearing up for what will be a crazy few days in a much warmer climate than we enjoy at our homes in Northern California. We have a number of plans for show coverage—including an evaluation of the new Skater 478 V-bottom with our former Powerboat magazine colleagues Bob Teague of Teague Custom Marine and John Tomlinson of TNT Custom Marine as test drivers—and we know we’ll be running flat out for a few days.
Updates to the Miami Boat Show Location
Construction for the 2017 Miami International Boat Show began on Dec. 1 and is on its way to building a record-breaking show. MIBS will run from Feb. 16-20, 2017 at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin at Key Biscayne.
The show is prepared to host its expected 100,000 or more attendees in mid-February. Many improvements have been made to this year’s show to handle an even larger capacity of attendance.
“I do think this year is going to be certainly one of the biggest shows in the world, based on the new location. I think this is probably the best boat show location in the world so I do expect to see attendance grow,” said NMMA President Thom Dammrich.
Every year, MIBS crews build 600,000 square feet of clear span tents for the show. Three of the six large tent shells are already up and crews began building the marina over a week ago. The head dock, which is 90 feet short of a third of a mile, has been installed.
“Last year, the marina that we built for the show was the largest temporary marina ever built in the world, and it was the second-largest marina in the state of Florida while it was in existence. And this year, it’s going to be bigger,” said Dammrich. The marina itself will be 35 percent larger and “we’re adding about 40 percent more boats to the water.”