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Come SEE the homes at SEA - The 31st Annual West Palm Beach Boat Show

By Ellen Eichelbaum

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As I drove up to West Palm Beach to attend the International Boat Show, I had conflicting issues. Firstly, I felt a bit of pressure to do an actual 'review' because I am not a boat owner.  Secondly, and more importantly, I am the President of my Board in New York.  Although that isn't the big deal, the great part about that is, our community is one of the only communities on Long Island that has it's own marina; Each year we have about 44 boats in our marina and I've gotten to know all the boat owners and can easily recognize all the boats.  Yes, some are yachts.

As I meandered through the maze of yachts, I chose to spend time with the Horizon 88 reps. Following are some of the pictures of one of their 'homes at sea."

Photo Credit: Horizon E88

What is the eye opener for me, is, I 'thought' we had big boats in our marina,  and certainly we do, as one of the boats costs a measly 2 million dollars.  Chump change, my friend.  This 31st Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show which takes place Thursday, March 17 through Sunday, March 20, 2016 in West Palm Beach will redefine your concept of what a boat is and should be.

Photo Credit: Horizon E88

I had the opportunity to view several, as the crowds were overwhelming and clients were walking among the numerous booths and displays selling everything from simple boat motors to portable beaches you can attach to your boat.  Certainly the kitchen displays put my brand new kitchen in my brick and mortar home to shame.  These boats, my friend, are homes.  You have no reason to ever get off some of these boats unless you want to go to another country.


Photo Credit: Horizon E88

The international event features more than $1.5 billion worth of yachts, boats and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers, including hundreds of boats ranging from superyachts nearing 300 feet to small inflatables and other tenders, center consoles and sportfishers.


Photo Credit: Horizon E88

475 companies are exhibiting.

 The show has expanded to include a new pier at the northern end of the show, within Palm Harbor Marina. The new in-water space will add an additional 30 slips accommodating yachts up to 280 feet.

Photo Credit: Horizon E88


New valet parking at the show’s northern entrance offers easy access to some of the largest yachts on display.


Photo Credit: Horizon E88

Approximately 670 boats are on display in water and 200 to 300 on landHorizon 88 suggested we take a look at their youtube video:


Horizon 88 shown is priced at $7.1 million.


There are six yachts larger than 200 feet. The largest yacht on display at the show is Silver Fast, at 252 feet on display with Burgess.


There are 32 yachts over 150 feet and 80 yachts over 100 feet.


CruiserPort, is back with an impressive display of long-range cruisers and trawlers ranging in lengths from 35 to 90 feet and educational seminars catering to long-term cruising enthusiasts.


Another returning fan favorite is the AquaZone, a 40,000 gallon, freshwater pool featuring live hovercraft, jet board, kayak, stand-up-paddleboard and other water toy demonstrations. Other activities for adults and children of all ages include the IGFA School of Sportfishing seminars and youth fishing clinics presented by Hook The Future


Parking is conveniently located within walking distance of the show. Guests also are invited to come by boat and tie up to free Come-by-Boat docks located south of the in-water displays.


For more information including parking and transportation maps, boat lists, seminar schedules and more, visit   Miami Boat Show or download the show’s free and convenient smartphone app, MyBoatShow, available on iOS and Android devices.


Palm Beach County’s Marine Industry Economic Impact

As of October 2014, Palm Beach County's marine industry had an estimated economic impact of $1.883 billion in gross output including $682.1 million in wages and earnings and an associated 18,220 jobs.


Social Media

Facebook - Palm Beach International Boat Show

Twitter - @BoatShowUpdates

Instagram - BoatShowPhotos



Show Schedule:




Thursday, March 17

12 p.m. - 7 p.m.



Friday, March 18

10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Children (6-15)


Saturday, March 19

10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Children under 6


Sunday, March 20

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.





Published on Mar 19, 2016

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