Palm Beach International Boat Show begins today

The 31st Palm Beach International Boat Show opens at noon today in downtown West Palm Beach.

The boating showcase, which runs through Sunday along the Intracoastal Waterway on Flagler Drive, will feature more than $1 billion worth of yachts, boats and accessories, organizers say.

Among the hundreds of new and pre-owned boats on display will be inflatables, power boats, fishing boats, personal watercraft and super-yachts more than 150 feet in length.

A new addition this year is an extra in-water space at the northern end of the show inside Palm Harbor Marina, which will offer 30 more slips for yachts up to 280 feet.

The marine industry generated nearly $2 billion in economic impact, including almost $600,000 in sales, in fiscal 2014, the latest data available, according to a study by Thomas J. Murray Associates Inc. on the association’s behalf.

Exhibitors at this year’s boat show say they’re optimistic about marine sales based on trends at recent Miami area boat shows.

“We expect to see good quality [foot traffic] with plenty of yacht owners and yacht buyers attending and coming to inspect our yachts,” said Jonathan Beckett, CEO of luxury yacht broker Burgess, based in Miami. “We have some great inventory — well priced and ready to go.”

Burgess’ display will include the 253-foot Silver Fast aluminum yacht and the 183-foot Feadship yacht Illusion.

“We are very hopeful to sell one or two of these yachts at the show,” Beckett said.

The asking price for Silver Fast is 79.5 million euros, or about $89.1 million at today’s exchange rate. Illusion is listed for $12.95 million, according to Burgess’ website.

Exhibitor Horizon Yachts USA will have five yachts in the boat show ranging from 52 feet to 110 feet in length, a spokesman said.

“Activity has been strong since the beginning of the year for Horizon, and we’ve also unveiled some fantastic new designs … so we anticipate an extremely busy show,” said Roger Sowerbutts, director of the North Palm Beach custom yacht dealer., 954-356-4209 or Twitter@TheSatchreport

If you go

Palm Beach International Boat Show

When: noon-7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Along the Intracoastal Waterway on Flagler Drive; entrances at Evernia and North Clematis streets in Palm Beach.

Tickets: Adults $21 at gate ($19 online); children 6-15, $11 ($9 online); kids younger than 6 free.

Parking: Public and private lots within walking distance of the show.


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