Palm Beach International Boat Show Offers Attractions for Guests of All Ages

Kids Sailing News
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The 31st Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show drops anchor in West Palm Beach from Thursday, March 17 to Sunday, March 20. In addition to presenting $1.2 billion worth of boats and marine accessories, the show offers fun opportunities for the whole family, including live musical entertainment, fun-filled special events and educational activities for boaters and anglers of all ages.

aquazoneDiscover the AquaZone
After its massive success at the 2015 show, AquaZone returns to Palm Beach for its second year of in-water demonstrations and hands-on testing of watersports products and toys in its 60-foot by 30-foot, 40,000 gallon inflatable freshwater pool.

Presented by Nautical Ventures Marine Superstore, AquaZone exhibits professional demonstrations of paddleboards, kayaks, rafts, a two-person hovercraft, water-jetpacks and the Jetblade, a board capable of propelling its user up to 30 feet in the air using water propulsion. AquaZone is located at the Meyer Amphitheater field between Datura and Evernia streets.

Additionally, two Seabreachers will be on display at the show. Designed to look like a hammerhead shark and a sailfish, the Seabreachers are state-of-the-art recreational watercrafts capable of maneuvering through the water like no other. In addition to diving under the water and breaching the surface, the Seabreacher can carve left and right, jump over and cut though the waves. It is capable of speeds up to 25 miles per hour underwater and up to 50 miles per hour on the surface! The two watercrafts will be exhibited by Nautical Ventures next to AquaZone.

SEMINARS

IGFA School of Sportfishing Seminars
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is hosting 14 of its highly-acclaimed School of Sportfishing seminars onsite during the show. Featuring instruction by some of the best captains and anglers in South Florida, the seminars share the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize success on the water. Free with show admission, the seminars are perfect for deep-water anglers and will take place at booth 746A.

Schedule
Thursday, March 17, 2016
  • 12:30 p.m. Capt. Mike Holliday – Inshore Magic
  • 2:00 p.m. Capt. Skip Smith – Offshore Trolling Techniques
  • 3:30 p.m.  Capt. Tony DiGiulian – Successful Swordfishing
Friday, March 18, 2016
  • 12:30 p.m. Capt. Mike Holliday – Inshore Magic
  • 2:00 p.m. Capt. Skip Smith – Offshore Trolling Techniques
  • 3:30 p.m. Tom Paddrik – Comparing Your Yacht Ownership Options
Saturday, March 19, 2016
  • 11:00 a.m. Capt. Skip Dana – Live Bait and Kite Fishing Techniques
  • 12:30 p.m. Elliot Stark – Destination Fishing / The Ins and Outs
  • 2:00 p.m. Capt. Shawn Fairbanks – Mastering the Inlets & Jetties
  • 3:30 p.m. Tom Paddrik – Comparing Your Yacht Ownership Options

Kids’ Fishing Clinics by Hook the Future
For aspiring anglers ages four to sixteen, the Kids’ Fishing Clinics offer instruction in basic fishing techniques. Presented by Hook the Future and the Palm Beach Post, the Kids’ Fishing Clinics offer interactive instruction in selecting tackle and lures, casting a rod and reel, reeling in a fish and fishing ethics. Upon completion of all learning stations, participants are eligible to win special prizes.

All participants will receive a free rod and reel combo, while supplies last, and a commemorative t-shirt courtesy of the Palm Beach Post. Hosted by Captain Don Dingman, the clinics are free with show admission and take place in the Meyer Amphitheater Field located between Datura and Evernia streets inside the show grounds. Clinics will be held at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17.

CruiserPort
Presented by PassageMaker magazine, CruiserPort offers free boating seminars taught by PassageMaker editors and renowned industry professionals. It’s the direct portal into the cruising lifestyle!

Friday, March 18, 2016
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. “Great Stops on the Great Loop PART I” - Seasoned Great Loop veterans and authors Captains George and Pat Hospodar will share photos and experiences from some of the most interesting sights and stops along America's iconic "Great Loop."
  • 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. “Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Yacht Insurance Policy But Didn't Know Who To Ask,” presented by Pantaenius America Ltd.
  • 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. “Great Stops on the Great Loop PART II” - Seasoned Great Loop veterans and authors Captains George and Pat Hospodar will share photos and experiences from some of the most interesting sights and stops along America's iconic "Great Loop."
Saturday, March 19, 2016
  • 11:30 a.m.  - 12:15 p.m. “The Care and Upkeep of Your Marine Generator Set,” presented by Northern Lights. From properly sizing your genset to selecting the right coolant and oil and maximizing your enjoyment onboard, this hands-on course will cover the essential facts of power production that every recreational boater should know.
  • 1:30  - 2:15 p.m. “Keep Your Cool: Sizing, Service, and Upkeep of Your Vessel’s AC System,” presented by Technicold Marine HVAC. No system is as critical for on-board comfort as your HVAC system. Learn to properly size an HVAC system, the basic operation of an HVAC system and how to keep your AC running properly and effectively.   
  • 2:30  - 3:15 p.m. “Stop Dreaming and Start Cruising: Financing & Insuring Your Vessel for the Great Loop, Bermuda and Beyond,” presented by Sterling Associates & Total Dollar Insurance. The ins and outs of insurance, financing your dream vessel, and options to consider based on your cruising goals.

On Water Powerboat Skills Training Presented by Carefree Boat Club of South Florida
Nothing beats hands on experience when it comes to improving your boating skills and learning new ones. This year add more fun and excitement to your boat show experience and take your boating skills up a notch. There’s something for everyone - from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers!

Learn from the experts; all sessions are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors.  You'll learn basic and advanced skills that will last a lifetime! Space is very limited. Advance registration is highly recommended. Participants may also register for the 1 hour and 3 hour classes at the Powerboat Skills Training Center during the boat show located at the "come by boat docks". 

Classes Include
  • BASIC DOCKING SKILLS
  • ANCHORING AND MULTI-VESSEL RAFTING TECHNIQUES
  • OPEN WATER BOAT HANDLING SKILLS
  • FIRST MATE SKILLS
  • ADVANCED DOCKING & PRECISION BOAT CONTROL
  • POWERBOATING MADE EASY - CAPABLE, CONFIDENT, SAFE!
REGISTER NOW

Live Music and Entertainment
Grab a bite to eat at the show’s main concession area in the Meyer Amphitheater Field and enjoy deejayed music throughout the show. Or, kick back and relax in the shade at one of the show’s famous floating cocktail barges featuring live music from local musicians.

Live Music and Entertainment
Grab a bite to eat at the show’s main concession area in the Meyer Amphitheater Field and enjoy deejayed music throughout the show. Or, kick back and relax in the shade at one of the show’s famous floating cocktail barges featuring live music from local musicians.

PARKING
Spanning the waterfront from Lakeview Avenue to Third Street, the show offers guests numerous parking locations as well as docking options for boaters arriving by water.

The show is surrounded by multiple municipal and privately operated parking lots and garages, and many parking locations are within walking distance to the show's main entrance gates. Follow signs to boat show parking, alternative parking lots and show entrances.

Guests parking at CityPlace, located at 700 S. Rosemary Ave., can catch the free Downtown Trolley and ride it to Clematis Street and Narcissus Avenue, just steps away from one of the show's entrances. Picking up passengers every 10 minutes, the trolley's CityPlace stop is located in front of Macy’s on Rosemary Avenue, in between Hibiscus and Gardenia Streets.

Boaters looking to take advantage of Palm Beach County's beautiful waterways are invited to come to the show by boat and tie up to free Come-by-Boat docks, which will be located south of the in-water displays near Fern Street.

For more information about parking location and rates

Tickets for the show can be purchased online for a discounted price at ShowManagement.com. Tickets are also available at the show’s box offices, which accept cash only. ATMs are located nearby.
 
Show Schedule:               
Thursday, March 17: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.  
Friday, March 18: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.   
Saturday, March 19: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.   
Sunday, March 20: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.   

Admission:   
Adults: $21 at gate
Children (6-15): $11 at gate; $9 online  
Children under 6: Free

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