Yachts Miami Beach to Present Long Range Cruising Seminars

the cruising lifestyle

CruiserPort offers portal into the cruising lifestyle during 29th annual show

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (January 12, 2017) – The 2017 edition of Yachts Miami Beach will present CruiserPort, a designated area within the boat show which promotes the cruising under power lifestyle through free boating seminars taught by renowned industry professionals. Set to take place on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18, the free classes include: “Cruising to the Dry Tortugas,” “Don’t Be Afraid to Go Outside,” “Smuggler’s Run: Cruising Florida’s Mini-Loop,” and “How to Identify High-Quality Fiberglass Construction.”

CruiserPort, organized by Passagemaker magazine, will be identified by flags and banners, which also will mark participating vessels. CruiserPort classes will be offered in the CruiserPort Seminar Pavilion. RSVP to 

CruiserPort Schedule:

“Cruising to the Dry Tortugas” with Kim & Randy Kalisik
Friday, February 17 from 1-2 p.m.
The Dry Tortugas National Park is a small group of islands located 70 miles west of Key West, Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. It is home to sea turtles, sunken wrecks and one of the largest coastal brick fortresses, Fort Jefferson. It is an amazing cruising getaway to unspoiled reefs, shallow water shipwrecks and fantastic stargazing. Learn about cruising to the Dry Tortugas by trawler and explore all of the wonders it has to offer such as beautiful beaches, crystal clear water for snorkeling and diving, local wildlife and a fort that is rich in history.

The Kalisiks will take you on a guided tour of the Dry Tortugas and explore their favorite cruising destination. They’ll discuss considerations such as provisioning (bringing everything you need with you), isolation (no cell or Wi-Fi service), weather, anchoring, and exploring the islands and reefs by snorkeling and diving.
“Don’t Be Afraid to Go Outside” with Jeff Merrill
Friday, February 17 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Over the years and through his experiences on hundreds of boats, yacht broker Jeff Merrill has amassed a collection of “good ideas” and “best practices” to help new owners prepare for that fateful day when they leave the safety of inland waters for open ocean. Knowing how to move safely and comfortably helps ensure that we all have a great experience on the water. Merrill will touch on how to prepare yourself and your boat, including tips on weather, navigation, helm operations, engine room checks and more.
“Smuggler’s Run: Cruising Florida’s Mini-Loop” with Ken Fickett
Saturday, February 18 from 1-2 p.m.

Learn about an around-Florida adventure that involves circumnavigating the lower part of the state via the Okeechobee Waterway and Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands. Boatbuilder, Florida native and all-around storyteller Ken Fickett will take you on a journey that encompasses many of Florida’s remaining wild and eccentric places.

“How to Identify High-Quality Fiberglass Construction” with Ken Fickett
Saturday, February 18 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

More than 40 years of boatbuilding have made Ken Fickett one of the nation’s leading experts on fiberglass boat construction. During his seminar, the builder of Mirage sportfish boats and Great Harbour trawlers shares his tricks for separating the good from the bad and the ugly. He’ll supply the questions you should ask as you walk the docks and tour the yachts.
Yachts Miami Beach 2017 is managed, produced and co-owned by Show Management, co-owned and sponsored by the IYBA and sponsored by Gosling’s, IYBA, Smallwood’s Yachtwear, and Yachtworld.
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  • Thur. Feb 16, 10am - 6pm
  • Fri. Feb 17, 10am - 6pm
  • Sat. Feb 18, 10am - 6pm
  • Sun. Feb 19, 10am - 6pm
  • Mon. Feb 20, 10am - 5pm