One of the hottest dates in America’s superyacht calendar and held in one of the world’s most affluent zip codes, this year’s Palm Beach International Boat Show takes place from March 22nd to 25th at downtown West Palm Beach. The 33rd edition of the show is expected to attract over $1.2 billion worth of yachts, supercars and water toys from the world’s very best boat builders and manufacturers.
In the market for a classy new ride? In addition to the gorgeous yachts and sport boats on display, speed freaks will enjoy perusing the showcase of exotic supercars from top brands like Lamborghini. Next on the list should be the Aquazone where a packed schedule of watersports and equipment demos are set to take place every day of the fair. Highlights include flyboard and jetpack demos with world champion flyboarder Kristen Smoyer, WaveJet self-propelled SUPs and the impressive Schiller Water Bike which is best known for its feature role in Michael Phelps’ shark race.
UNMISSABLE YACHTS & WATERCRAFT
One of the main draws of the show is the fantastic display of superyachts which can be found at the the north end of Palm Harbor Marina with larger vessels hosted in the deeper Rybovich Marina. This year’s must-sees include Abeking & Rasmussen’s majestic 60 metre/196.85 foot Excellence V which boasts a gorgeous interior designed by Reymond Langton. Her key features are a waterfront gym, two large jacuzzis and dedicated large movie theatre which are unprecedented for a yacht of her size.
Another exceptional superyacht expected to turn heads is Benetti’s 62 metre/203 foot Mine Games which exudes Italian charm. Able to receive up to 12 overnight guests, the spacious luxury yacht has an impressive 8,000 nautical mile range and light, airy interior spaces which make it easy to live aboard for extended periods. Standout features include the helipad, air-conditioned spacious gym, Turkish bath, and baby grand piano for sublime evening entertainment.
THE VIP EXPERIENCE
For the ultimate Palm Beach Experience, visitors over 21 years old can upgrade their ticket to enjoy access to the VIP Lounge. New for this year, this exclusive area offers a chance to relax and retreat from the bustle of the show with all the comforts of complimentary hors d’oeuvres and an open bar stocked with premium drinks. The VIP area also offers both air-conditioned inside seating and private outside seating so visitors can enjoy the warm spring Florida weather or stay cool indoors.
VIP ticket holders can also take advantage of a dedicated Concierge Team who are on hand to help you plan out your perfect visit. Their services include arranging yacht tours, dinner reservations at top local restaurants and booking private transportation.
ENTERTAINMENT & SHOPPING
As well as the impressive array of vessels on show, the fair is also the perfect place to indulge in a little nautical shopping. Whether you’re looking for a brand-new outboard, the latest sailing fashion or thinking of upgrading your onboard tech, here’s your opportunity to speak to passionate experts and compare a variety of options before deciding on your purchase.
This year also features special activities for kids including free fishing classes courtesy of Hook the Future, the popular TV show by expert angler Don Dingman who is passionate about inspiring kids through fishing. Aimed at 4-16 year old kids, the classes will focus on basic fishing techniques like “Casting a Rod & Reel” and “How to Fight a Fish” with prizes up for grabs for lucky kids who complete all of the workshops.
Grown-up anglers will love the IGFA School of Sportfishing Seminars which are free to all visitors with valid admission tickets. The school will host a total of 14 seminars over the course of the show covering both inshore and offshore specialties. Amongst the speakers for this year is Tom Paddrik from The Florida Yacht Group.
Tickets for the Palm Beach International Boat Show are available for $24 per adult, $14 for children aged 6 – 15 and free for children under 6. VIP Experience tickets cost $125 for one day or $200 for entry valid on any two days of the show.