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2002 Miami Boat Show
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posted 12-17-2001 01:21 PM ET (US)
I may be able to sneak out to the 2002 Miami Boat Show. I have never attended a large-scale boat show. It is my understanding that this is the largest, with many boats on-site and in-water, available for sea trials. If I can make it, I would take a look at the Whaler exhibit. Hopefully, they will bring both Recreational and CPD examples. Is this show scheduled for February 14-19, 2002? What hotels would you suggest? Any particular activities or displays (other than Whaler) a must see? Is anyone else considering attending? Perhaps we could setup a social gathering? I assume Miami is the closest commercial airport. All comments and suggestions welcome.
posted 12-17-2001 01:31 PM ET (US)
I should have posted this in the trip section.
posted 12-17-2001 01:43 PM ET (US)
The Miami show would be an excellent oportunity to have a "continuouswave forum" rendezvous, even without our boats! Maybe an after the show dinner or something. I usually find a day to see the show.
I have never seen any CPD exhibits at this show, only the latest recreational models.
It's always worth seeing, not only for the boats themselves, but also the interesting rigging work and accessories. BW has a lot of competition these days.
posted 12-17-2001 05:10 PM ET (US)
Sub, I would like to go only if you can see or have a list of pre-owned boats. My last trip to Fla. was cut short with my son getting sick. The purpose of that trip was to meet up with a broker in Delray that had quite a few pre-owned Whalers. I'm afraid to look at new, I may do something stupid! Regards, Jay
posted 12-17-2001 09:40 PM ET (US)
Back in September I was lucky enough to be able to sneek away from a business semiar to go to the Ft. Lauderdale show, I was surprised to Whaler had a 17' CPD there. I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed by the size of the show compared to the ones I am used to up here in new england, where there might be one 65 or 70 ft yacht. In FL, a third of the boats had to be over 50'!
posted 12-17-2001 10:15 PM ET (US)
Went to the Miami show a couple of years ago (before we had our Whaler). Lots of BIG boats, quite a few pre-owned. If you want to take it all in, allow a couple of days. We spent most of one day in the convention center (engines, accessories, electronics, etc), and a day and a half at the in-water exhibits. Lots to see and do. We stayed in Ft. Lauderdale, rather than in Miami/South Beach area. We could have flown into either Ft. Lauderdale or Miami (at the time, Miami had the better airfare; today, we can get better rates into Ft. Lauderdale). Keep me posted on any gatherings, as we're looking for a winter getaway (from Chicago) in mid-Feb. This may be the place! -- Lor
posted 12-18-2001 10:25 AM ET (US)
I have worked both the Miami and Fort Lauderdale shows for the last six or seven years. They can be quite overwhelming. Lots of new boats of every shape and size. There is not much in the way of small used boats for sale, especially in the Boston Whaler size range.
You definetly want to allow a couple of days for a good look at the show. If you are flying in use either Miami or Fort Lauderdale, they are about the same for convenience or hassle. Find a hotel in Miami not Lauderdale, so you can be close to the Show. The locations are Miami Beach Convention Center, Sealine Marina and Yachting Center, Miamarina at Bayside and the Brokerage show on Collins Avenue.
Maybe some of us could get together for a drink after/during the show.
posted 12-18-2001 12:18 PM ET (US)
Hey, thanks for the reminder, its about time I go scurrying off to find those complimentary tickets I ran into last year... If you've never been to the Miami show, allow as many days as you can. If you've been on a regular basis, then you can skip through some of the regular stuff (Multi-million dollar yachts are nice to look at once in awhile, but not every year...) and run through the hall and some in the water on one day, if you start early, and stay late. Week days used to be better than weekends, haven't been on a week day in a few years though... Wear your Top-Siders and don't be surprised if you have to take them off to board some boats...
posted 12-19-2001 11:02 PM ET (US)
Any thoughts on a reasonable hotel?
posted 12-20-2001 01:14 PM ET (US)
Maybe not so reasonable, but awesome! Hyatt Regency Pier 66! $200.00 per night. It's a boat show in it's self! Regards, Jay
posted 01-11-2002 09:38 AM ET (US)
Just wanted to bring this back up to the top,
any memebers thinking of going?
posted 01-11-2002 12:28 PM ET (US)
W4me, I will try to get there. I have a business meeting in San Jaun Feb. 13-15. I'm planning on missing my connecting flight in Miami to Cinti. on the 15th and go to the show if possible. Regards, Jay
posted 01-16-2002 05:23 PM ET (US)
Is anyone going???
posted 01-17-2002 12:09 PM ET (US)
I'll get there one day, not sure which. Not sure if my Wife is coming along this year. (Her first trip was last year, Dad and I have been going for ages...)
posted 01-17-2002 04:50 PM ET (US)
I will be there at the brokerage show on Collins Ave.
posted 01-17-2002 06:23 PM ET (US)
I'll be there like every year!!, if you go on the weekend make sure you get there early ( 8:30 am) then you can park next to the Convention Center.
posted 01-17-2002 06:27 PM ET (US)
P.S. Get ready to spend at least 6 hours in there.
posted 01-17-2002 07:46 PM ET (US)
Yep, I'll be their also on Fri the 15th with my wife (hey, you can't win'em all).....
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