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“You have to see it!”

Expect to see a little bit of that sentiment shared on social media this weekend during the 44th annual Stuart Boat Show presented by Infiniti. One of the greatest qualities of the Stuart Boat Show every year is its timing.

It’s perfect. Literally.

It comes two months after the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show kicks off the unofficial “boat show season.” It comes a month before the Rose Bowl of boat shows — the Miami International Boat Show.

It means the newest, latest and greatest in the boating industry can be seen, inspected, felt and examined at the Stuart Boat Show. Here are a few of the things I think you should check out if you love boats or plan on keeping up on what is new in the boating industry for 2018.

Galeon 510 Skydeck

Find it at the MarineMax display on E Dock. It has gunwales which fold down to make an expansive party patio and give it nearly 20 feet of beam. Friends not included.

METCo Marine Electronics

Mark Palazzo and his staff bought two of the Treasure Coast’s most well-established marine electronics sales, service and installation businesses and rolled them all into one late in 2016 to create the Stuart-based METCo. Now the company services boaters from Sebastian to Delray Beach and carries three of the biggest brands in the boating electronics world — Garmin, Raymarine and SIMRAD. Stop by the large display tent near the middle of the show to register to win one of two personal locator beacons for boating safety.

Pursuit DC 365 and Tiara 38 LS

Head down the A Dock to find the Ocean Blue Yacht Sales of Stuart display which includes boats built by Fort Pierce’s Pursuit Boats. The Pursuit DC 365 (for dual console) is an ideal offshore fishing or island cruising weekend boat for the Treasure Coast angler. The Tiara 38 LS, a sister company to Pursuit, offers the same quality and construction with a different set of features designed to meet the needs of the versatile boater. Both boats were debuted at Fort Lauderdale. 

Bertram is back

Bertram is a legacy of the South Florida boating lifestyle. Vice president of sales Tommy Thompson hopes boat show attendees take a moment to check out how a well-known brand has reshaped itself for the modern boater.

“At shows all over the U.S. and Europe, we have literally had clients come just to see the new Bertram 35,” he said. “We finally have a boat available to show off at the Stuart show and I expect the same result. Come see what the fuss is all about.”

Edgewater 320 CC

Seagate Marine Sales in Stuart knows the 2018 Edgewater 320 CC will bring in the center console fan, but when they enter the display space near the middle of the show, they will also see the unique lines of the elegant Rossiter Boats.

What’s in a Billfish?

Billfish Boatworks builder Brandon Vernese may be the new kid on the block in the Fort Pierce custom boat building neighborhood — literally building boats in the same block as brands such as Maverick, Pathfinder, Pursuit and Bluewater. But he has made a big splash in a short period of time beginning with a 39 Walkaround and 39 Center Console, adding a 27 center console, but then hitting a home run with the 24 bay boat. At the show, Billfish has a 24 with the top deck left off so potential buyers can see how the boat is built below the water line which leads to its quality and performance.

Then schedule a sea trial on the D Dock with Monty Peters who promises to not get you wet. 

Seminar City

Want some helpful tips on fishing with your kid? Or are you planning to take an extended trip aboard the trawler yacht you just purchased? Find out the answers to these questions and much more with helpful free seminars at the Stuart Boat Show METCo Seminar Tent. The full schedule is available at Stuart Boat Show.

Bahamas Pavilion

Michelle Miller of the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast recommends to anyone who plans on visiting the Bahamas anytime soon to stop the Stuart Boat Show’s Bahamas Pavilion.

“Whether flying there or traveling there aboard one’s own boat,” Miller explained, “the Bahamas Pavilion literally offers one-stop shopping with more than 12 resorts represented and more.”

This space showcases resorts, marinas and best ways to get there while Junkanoo music will fill the air adding to the Bahamian atmosphere.

Infiniti Lounge and Champagne Bar

Take a break. Relax. Get off your feet and into a new Infiniti by visiting the Stuart Boat Show’s title sponsor space on the main concourse. Show-goers will be able explore the vehicles on display and engage with Infiniti product specialists who will show how each model — including the full size QX80, with maximum 8,500-pound towing capacity—fits into the boating lifestyle. 

MIATC booth

It’s always a must to stop by and say hello to the folks at the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast booth located just inside the north gate’s entrance. There are always hands-on displays and plenty of things to learn about the more than 400 marine businesses on the Treasure Coast, the 5,000 jobs and $619 million in economic impact locally.

Stuart Boat Show

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: 54 to 290 N.W. Dixie Highway, Stuart (west of the Old Roosevelt Bridge)

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Admission: General $13; veterans $11; children 12 and younger $6

Parking: Free bus shuttles from designated parking areas throughout downtown Stuart

Information: StuartBoatShow.com and also Facebook and Twitter

 


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