To celebrate turning 30 this year, the Miami Yacht Show is going all out with a brand new redesign, floating cocktail bars, live music and over 500 vessels with a total value of over $1 billion on display. Formerly known as Yachts Miami Beach, the show was been renamed the Miami Yacht Show and boosts a brand new layout. The five-day event held from the 15th to 19th of February promises to transform Collins Avenue into a luxury yacht playground covering over 12 million square feet.
Our favourite part of the show is the invitation-only Superyacht Miami which is held in the elegant Island Gardens Deep Harbour on Watson Island. The mini-show provides the perfect opportunity to get up close to some of the world’s most breathtaking superyachts. The Island Gardens site can accommodate yachts up to 500 feet in length and yacht brokers will be on hand to arrange transfers between the main show and Watson Island for interested clients.
Cruise fans will also love CruisePort, a section of the show dedicated to celebrating the laidback cruising lifestyle both in Florida and beyond. Stop by for inspiration for your next cruising adventure!
THE VIP EXPERIENCE
Those looking for a little more luxe can upgrade their ticket to take advantage of the VIP Experience which is new for this year. This includes access to a comfortable VIP lounge with open bar, daily Champagne happy hour, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and private waterfront terrace looking out onto some of the largest yachts at the show. Guests can also take advantage of transport to the Watches & Wonders show in Miami’s Design District. Here Ten VIP ticket holders will be able to participate in an exclusive watchmaking workshop to learn what it takes to create sensational timepieces.
TOP YACHTS & WATERCRAFT
Making her show debut in Miami will be the globe-trotting 55 metre/180 foot Gene Machine built by Dutch shipyard AMELS. She’ll be occupying the most prestigious spot in the Island Gardens marina, Berth A1, which is reserved for the largest yachts at the show.
Another of the show’s must-sees is the sublime 73.30 metre/240.50 foot Grace E which was awarded Motor Yacht of the Year at the 2015 World Superyacht Awards.
Built by Perini Navi and Picchiotti shipyard, the unique Italian design incorporates forward-thinking environmental awareness with her ability to hold stationary without the need to drop anchor. This helps to avoid damage to the seabed in sensitive anchorage sites. Grace E is currently available to charter through Burgess Yachts from $929,500 (€749,000) per week plus expenses.
Also making its debut splash is the 640 FLY from Galeon Yachts. This sporty transformer yacht offers an incredible amount of space for its 20.80 metre/68.25 foot length thanks to a clever hull and superstructure design. The roomy aft cockpit dining area can seat up to 8 for an intimate alfresco gathering, while the total guest capacity is up to fourteen. Galeon’s latest racy design will be available to view at ramp 40 on Collins Avenue.
Looking for a new owner at this year’s show is the 50 metre/164 foot Silver Lining which was delivered in 2016 by Christensen Yachts. With an asking price of $34 million, this pretty motor yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests and boasts beautiful interiors finished with premium silk and black walnut panels. Silver Lining can be viewed at the Island Gardens show at slip 39-40.
In addition to the gorgeous yachts on show, the innovative AquaZone will be showcasing the very best new water toys. Live demos will include flyboards, seabobs, rover boats and the exciting new generation of underwater drones from Powervision. Guests can also learn all about kayak fishing and the world-leading Schiller Water bike which can be used on oceans, rivers and lakes.
Visitors can purchase a joint ticket to both the Miami Yacht Show and the Miami International Boat Show which run concurrently. Buses will be provided to transfer guests between the two shows. Tickets start at $25 per day for access to just one show or $50 for access to both. Limited VIP Experience tickets are available at $150 per day.