Miami Yacht Show Recap
Propspeed kits were given away each day at RMK Merrill-Stevens' booth at this year's Miami Yacht Show. Next year's event promises to be even bigger and better.
From February 15 to 19, Miami hosted two big boating events: the Miami International Boat Show and the Miami Yacht Show. US sales director James Maitland and technical sales consultant Mark Billingsley represented Oceanmax at the latter, partnering with local shipyard RMK Merrill-Stevens to give away a 1-liter Propspeed foul-release kit per day at RMK’s booth.
James caught up with industry contacts including influencer Robert “Fly” Navarro and attended the Young Professionals in Yachting annual networking event, hosted on February 16 by YachtSign. A past YPY president, James was excited to hear from Andrew Doole, general manager of Informa, the Miami Yacht Show’s co-owner and producer, the announcement of a new location for next year’s show.
Propspeed kits were given away at RMK Merrill-Stevens' booth
While this year’s location, spanning more than a mile along Indian Creek Waterway and covering more than 1.2 million square feet, was certainly stunning, next year’s will offer attendees easy access to both shows, turning the five days into a kind of boating festival.
Permits pending, the plan is to move just north of downtown Miami, next to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Sea Isle Marina. Strategically placed between Venetian and MacArthur Causeways, the waterfront location will continue to showcase new and brokerage yachts while adding more on-land exhibit space for luxury components such as exotic cars and private aircraft. For those of us with unexotic cars, there will also be 3,500 more parking spaces! Water taxis will connect the 2019 Miami Yacht Show to its secondary site, Super Yacht Miami, at the Island Gardens Deep Harbour marina on Watson Island.
A Westport yacht is offloaded for the Miami Yacht Show
A highlight of this year’s show was the unveiling of two raised pilothouse motoryachts by Washington-based Newport Yachts: the restyled 112 and the new 125. Both boats have cruising speeds of up to 25 knots, with the 112 sleeping eight guests and the 125, 10. The 125’s full-beam master stateroom is equipped with deluxe details including his-and-her baths and closets. James managed to snap some pics of a Westport being craned in for the show.
Italian builders Benetti, Azimut, Ferreti and Arcadia also debuted new models at the show.