Miami welcomes 2,000 international nautical firms, 3,000 yachts and the latest marine technology and accessories.
By Federico Tibytt
The 2014 Miami International Boat Show, one of the most prestigious boat exhibitions in the world--and perhaps the most visited—opens its doors from February 13 to 17 to coincide with the celebration of the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show. The event will showcase the world´s most exclusive luxury vessels and super yachts.
In this new edition, Miami will host more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 firms from around the world in three meeting points: the usual headquarters at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center and Miamarina at Bayside. In total, the show covers—only on water—an area of almost 4 million square feet, including a large stretch along the Indian Creek Waterway, where about 500 yachts will be anchored. This global exhibition will also feature a wide range of accessories and the latest marine technology, with a combined value of one billion dollars.
An additional novelty, the 2014 Superyacht Miami at the Miami Beach Marina, will bring around 60 mega yachts and luxury vessels exceeding 155 feet in length, which due to their size can´t be displayed on the Indian Creek channel.
The audience, which is expected to exceed 100,000 visitors, will be able to access a fine selection of attractive boats. Oceanis 55, from the famous Beneteau shipyard, is among the vessels causing most expectation. The avant-garde design of this 55-foot sailboat amazes with modern lines, excellent navigation and subtle luxury.
The stunning metallic exterior of Oceanis 55 belies its delicate interior design, in which spaces for rest and relaxation abound, all exquisitely decorated with fine woods and warm hues. This model has a market price of around $650,000, and the one exhibited in the show, like most of its peers, already has a lucky owner.
The Furina, from the firm Danilevi Powerboats, makes an excellent choice for those looking for something small to complement a large yacht, either to approach the coast or just enjoy high speeds.
This beautiful boat, only 22 feet long, stands out for its sporty design reminiscent of old Porsche or Ferrari models. The deep red curves and nickel-plated ornaments evoke a powerful motorcycle or an old sports car. Inside the console, the stitched leather seats with aluminum and stainless steel details reaffirm the image of vintage automobiles. This aquatic sprinter has a powerful V8 Volvo Penta EVC 380 engine, capable of reaching a top speed of about 52 knots (60 mph).
These are just a couple of examples of thousands of luxury yachts, sailboats, boats for sport fishing or water sports that will be on view in Miami this February. There will also be a huge variety of engines, electronics and high-tech navigation equipment showcased at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show, an event in which attendees can enjoy the best of life at sea and acquire the latest marine technology and accessories. ■
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