This year’s Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach reports largest show in event’s 25-Year history
March 6, 2013
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Total in-water count of boats up 16 percent over 2012
MIAMI (March 6, 2013) - Every February, the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach attracts thousands of people from around the world to a spectacular in-water display of yachts and marine products on Collins Avenue directly across from the legendary Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels. This year, with boats of all sizes valued in excess of $1 billion, in addition to a wide selection of marine accessories, show organizers reported a strong show overall, with the total in-water count of boats up 16 percent over 2012.
The largest increase was seen in the 105 foot to 125 foot category, with a 58 percent increase of yachts on display, necessitating a northward expansion of the show's footprint on Indian Creek. The 80 foot to 104 foot category saw an increase of 31 percent over 2012 and boats less than 49 feet were up 23 percent over 2012.
"We expanded the show's footprint to the north this year to keep up with exhibitor demand," said Efrem "Skip" Zimbalist III, CEO of Show Management. "Exhibitor displays looked fantastic and it was obvious by the impressive inventory that everyone was ready to do business."
The show featured more than 500 new and pre-owned vessels and an extensive variety of related goods and services. Attendees also enjoyed educational seminars, live music and refreshments.
"The feedback I have heard so far from our members has been extremely positive," said Ann Vernon, executive director of Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA), which co-owns the show. "Some of our member companies have said that it was their best boat show in years. Good, buying clients showed up despite the variety of weather conditions we had."