Thursday, February 17, 2011

Miami on My Mind

With a new boat show app and a boat load of new product announcements, Miami is the place to be this weekend

There are boat shows all over the world this weekend, but the biggest boats and crowds will be in Miami, Florida, for the Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail - one of the most important winter events for the boating industry. Boat manufacturers and companies that make products for boaters often unveil their latest offerings at this show each year, and the success of the show is usually an indicator for the upcoming boating season and the rest of the year.

This year's new announcements include new lines of boats from Powerboat P1 USA, Mercury Racing, Tiara Yachts, Contender Boats, Pursuit Boats, Sea Ray and Honda Marine, to name a few. The boat show itself has a new product for your mobile phone - the Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail App. We downloaded the Droid version (it's also available for the iPhone), and found it to be easy to use and helpful to navigate the huge boat show.

Going to the show? Got news from the show? Wondering which day is best to go?

Today (Thursday, 2/17) is the first day of the show, which they are calling Premier Day. It's $30 to get into the show today, or $16 if you go any of the next three days. Premier Day will have all the press events and serious shoppers, and Saturday and Sunday will likely be the most crowded days. Your best bet to attend for easy access to the boats and booths would probably be Friday or Monday morning. The show starts at 10 each day, and goes until 8 pm every day except Monday when it ends at 6 pm.

FirstBoat and Daily Boater staff will be covering the show today. If you are an exhibitor and want your product featured, email us at news@dailyboater.com.

More details about the Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail, as well as other boat shows happening this weekend, can be found on our boat show calendar.

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