A mere month after the boat shows in Miami comes the more intimate Palm Beach International Boat Show, owned by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach. While not the largest, it still is an important event (considered one of the top 10 in the United States) and attracts more than an estimated 350 million dollars of boats and marine accessories, according to the organizers.
Held in a central location along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach, the boat show uses Palm Harbor Marina’s "D" and "E" docks, the City of West Palm Beach's three permanent docks and additional temporary dockage to display boats of all sizes in scenic surroundings. Located on the banks of the Lake Worth Lagoon, with views of the Flagler mansion (now the Flagler Museum), the show is within walking distance of Clematis Street’s shops and restaurants.
Thanks to its location, easy access, laid back feeling and timing, this show is a big favorite among visitors and exhibitors alike. It has grown in scope and scale, keeping pace with the growing marine industry in Palm Beach County.
Originally, the show was an intimate and homegrown affair. After its debut in 1982, it had a few false starts and was even cancelled in 1990 before reaching its stride. In 2008, the word “international” was added to the name, in recognition of a growing number of international exhibitors and visitors.
With the addition of 40 in-water slips at Palm Harbor Marina at the show’s north end, this year’s event will feature more mega-yachts than in years past, in addition to a larger number of smaller boats in the expanded land display area. Space in the exhibit tents also is on track to sell out.
The largest yachts expected at this years show is the New 200' Benetti Luxury Superyacht "Diamonds Are Forever". Shown by Ocean Independance, this true luxury yacht is a stunning collaboration between John Staluppi, Benetti Yachts, and Evan K. Marshall. This combined talent has resulted in a yacht that meets the most demanding charter requirements; palatial amounts of space, the very best materials and technology, the highest levels of service, and the utmost privacy and security. This fantastic yacht cruises in on Friday morning so come see the queen as she makes her appearance at Palm Harbor Ramp E; Slip E300A
Also expected is the 183'Benetti Motor Yacht "Four Aces" displayed by International Yacht Collection. FOUR ACES which was refitted in 2008, was built for an original owner with absolutely impeccable taste who spent what was necessary to upgrade the yacht to the highest levels so that any inspection of the FOUR ACES will show that this is Benetti's finest work. Every conceivable upgrade has been included in the yacht and the yacht is fully found and ready to go sailing with her new owner. Come see it at Ramp E; Slips E100-E107
Among new boats expected in Palm Beach this year is the latest iteration of Taiwanese builder Horizon’s new power catamaran. The PC58, thanks to its catamaran hull yielding a 24-foot 6-inch beam, offers plenty of interior volume as well as generous deck spaces, finished with an easy-to-maintain non-skid surface. Overnight accommodations include a panoramic owner’s suite, a VIP cabin and a third guest cabin with twin beds. Horizon USA, headquartered in Palm Beach, will also present a new Horizon 74 from its attractive V series, developed in conjunction with Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architect. See the Horizon display at Ramp 1, Slip 101-104
New to this year’s show is TrawlerPort, a show-within-a -show. TrawlerPort will offer an impressive display of the long-range cruisers called Trawlers, offered in lengths ranging from 35 to 90 feet and built for long-term cruising of regional and worldwide destinations.
Seminars and Events for All Ages
In addition the show offers special events and fun and educational activities for boaters of all ages. The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) School of Sportfishing presents "mini-sessions” with some of the area's best captains and professional anglers who will share sportfishing’s hottest tips and tricks. Don Dingman, host and founder of the non-profit Hook The Future, will host his always popular Kids Fishing Clinics for little anglers ages four to 16 on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 at noon and 2 p.m. in the Meyer Amphitheater field. There will be raffles and prizes and the first 50 kids to arrive to each session will receive a commemorative t-shirt from the Palm Beach Post. Each session runs approximately 45 minutes.
Parking, Transportation and Come-by-Boat Docks
The 27th Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show takes places along Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. Show entrances are located on Flagler Drive at Evernia Street and at North Clematis Street. Various municipal parking garages and privately operated lots are located throughout downtown West Palm Beach, most of which are within walking distance to one of the two show entrances. For parking and transportation maps, visit ShowManagement.com. Guests are also invited to come by boat and may tie up to the free Come-by-Boat docks located south of the in-water displays.
Thursday, March 22: noon to 7 pm
Friday, March 23, to Saturday, March 24: 10 am to 7 pm
Sunday, March 25: 10 am to 6 pm
$14 per adult per day ($12 online)
Children 6 to 15: $5 per day ($3 online)
Children under 6: free