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Preview of the 2016 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show

By Zachary Devita
Photography Courtesy of Miami Boat Show

Known as one of the top boat shows in the world, the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show hosts its 75th anniversary on February 11-15, 2016. Not only is this the optimal winter location to find the best in boating, but the show has moved to the renowned Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. This new location is just minutes from downtown Miami and allows visitors to see thousands of new boats, accessories and enjoy the full experience of life on the water. The guests can board and view more than 1,200 boats, from luxury yachts to high-speed performance boats and also take a free water taxi or shuttle bus to a second location. The second location, at Miamarina at Bayside and sailor’s paradise, features the newest sailing gear of 2015, dozens of daily seminars and more than 100 sailboats.

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Some of the highlights and improvements to the show include enhanced entertainment activities, which will hold state of the art air-conditioned tents for the boats and the latest boating technology, as well as boat demonstrations and sea trials for the real shoppers. Guests can also be a part of on-the-water power boating and sailing workshops along with kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, all while viewing the beautiful downtown Miami skyline. Lastly, the show will provide a full wine and dine experience, including a Beer Garden and even a place for kids to enjoy food as well.

With the 75th anniversary, the boat show will feature three famous South Florida boats including the Pilar, a replica of Ernest Hemingway’s famous boat which influenced several of his books, like The Old Man and the Sea. The second boat is the original speedboat from the Miami Vice TV show. The last boat is the Carol Suzanne, one of the most prominent racing boats of the Miami Marine Stadium.

To find out more information about the boat show including hours, transportation, admission and accommodations, visit www.miamiboatshow.com

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