Yacht show ready to make a bold statement

The 280-foot Bold superyacht, manufactured by Australia’s SilverYachts, is expected to be a star at the 32nd annual Miami Yacht Show  on President’s Day weekend.

The show takes place Thursday, Feb. 13, through Monday, Feb. 17, in downtown Miami at One Herald Plaza, between the Venetian and MacArthur causeways along Biscayne Bay.

The yacht show had been held for many years on Miami Beach, but relocated downtown last year.

Andrew Doole, general manager and vice president of Informa, which co-owns the show along with the International Yacht Brokers Association, says the show’s new location received positive reviews from attendees. “The downtown location allows quick access to [Interstate] 95, Brightline and MetroMover,” Doole says. “It’s a lot more accessible than the beach location. It’s a 10-minute walk to Brightline.”

Doole says 3,500 parking spaces will be available within walking distance and just a few minutes’ drive from the interstate. Public transportation will provide easy access for those coming from Broward and Palm Beach counties. At its prior location, parking was difficult and traffic was slow and often congested.

This year’s show will offer better connectivity between three sites: the Miami Yacht Show, the Miami International Boat Show and Super Yacht Miami, which is held at Island Gardens Deep Harbour Marina at Watson Harbor. The Deep Harbor site accommodates vessels up to 400 feet. “Six water taxis will run between us and the Miami International Boat Show,” Doole says.

Doole says organizers have tried to improve traffic flow and accessibility at the site. And the show has been given a new look and layout to enhance the experience for visitors. The in-water display of new and used vessels will feature some of the most extraordinary and unique yachts from around the world, manufactured by the world’s top custom boat makers. The show is just minutes away from Miami’s top shopping areas and dining.

Bold accommodates 16 passengers along with a crew and staff of 21. It features large outdoor entertaining areas with bars and seating, an enclosed winter garden space with full glazing, a private sun deck with lounges and an eight-person Jacuzzi, and a private dining area. It has eight cabins, comprising the owner’s suite, three VIP cabins, and four standard cabins. The owner’s suite includes a master cabin, a his-and-hers bathroom, and private salon. Extensive use of exterior and interior glass extends the open style of the yacht to the owner’s suite.

A major attraction of the Miami Yacht Show has been its air-conditioned Windward VIP Club, which is described as a “centrally located sanctuary that offers the luxury of a premium open bar and gourmet food from morning through evening.”

The Windward VIP Club makes a perfect area to network, close business deals or just to simply enjoy the yacht show. Entry to the VIP Club costs $200 a person, daily. The VIP Club Experience package includes show entry, Windward VIP Club access, food and premium beverages, valet parking and free water taxi to the Super Yacht Miami site. The VIP Club Experience includes an indoor and outdoor oasis with unobstructed views of the yacht show.

Miami Yacht Show officials expect at least 32,000 attendees, and to have a $487 million dollar direct economic impact on the area. As many as 400 vessels are expected between both sites along with 189 exhibitors. The show usually attracts an upscale clientele, with many foreign nationals attending. ♦

If you go

Where: One Herald Plaza, located on Biscayne Bay, between the MacArthur and Venetian causeways.

When: Thursday, Feb. 13, through Sunday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: Primetime Preview on Feb. 13, $45; general admission, Friday through Monday, $30 adults (13-older); children under 12, free; two-day admission, adults (13-older), $55. Superyacht Miami, Primetime Preview, Thursday, $125; general admission, Friday through Monday, $100.

Show information, tickets: miamiyachtshow.com

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