MIBS

2009 Miami Boat Show and Strictly Sail Open Thursday

Sea Isle Marina Venue of the Miami Boat Show

Sea Isle Marina Venue of the Miami Boat Show

The latest editions of the Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail open tomorrow, Thursday, February 12, 2009 and run until Monday, February 16, at 6.p.m.   Show organizers are expecting more than 140,000 visitors to examine the boats, equipment and services on display by the more than 2,200 exhibitors.

Strictly Sail Show at Miamarina Bayside

Strictly Sail Show at Miamarina Bayside

The show covers three venues — The Miami Beach Convention Center, the Sea Isle Marina and Yachting Center and the Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace (Strictly Sail).  The Sea Isle Marina has the in-water powerboat displays and is right on the Miami waterfront; while the Bayside Marina hosts the sailboats of Strictly Sail.

An additional event, technically not part of MIBS, but considered by many visitors to be the “fourth venue” of the Miami show is the annual Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show, which occupies the docks along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach for a mile or more, with large yachts and superyachts on display.

Convention Center Venue of the Miami Boat Show

Convention Center Venue of the Miami Boat Show

Although the current economic climate has made for some disappointing results at recent boat shows, Miami (along with the Fort Lauderdale show in late October) is considered one of the 2 or 3 premier boat shows in the world, and manufacturers put on their best faces for the affair.

There will be a number of new products unveiled at the show, including new electronics from Raymarine, Furuno and Simrad; new engines and systems from Volvo Penta, Honda, Cummins, Northern Lights and John Deere.  The new Kadey-Krogen 55′ Expedition will make its first large-scale public appearance at the Sea Isle Marina.  The two innovative power catamarans from Leopard Catamarans will be on display as well as the Leopard sailing cats.

The news starts rolling out tonight and we’ll have it here on OceanLines before morning here in Miami.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Industry News, Technology