Meeting provides updates on Miami boat shows January 27, 2016

On Thursday, January 14, more than 100 marine industry professionals eager for updates on Yachts Miami Beach and the Miami International Boat Show attended a lunch organized by MIASF at the Rusty Pelican.

The presenters were Show Management President and CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist with Yachts Miami Beach, formerly the Yacht & Brokerage Show, and Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which owns the Miami International Boat Show.

Zimbalist covered a variety of topics, including the addition of Island Gardens Deep Harbour Marina, located on Watson Island on the MacArthur Causeway. The marina has a draft of up to 25 feet and can accommodate 35 to 75 yachts from 80 to 480 feet. The largest boat set to appear in the show, which is also owned by the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, currently is the 280-foot Lurssen Queen of the Show.

He also discussed the show’s VIP package, Yachts After Dark event, its media campaign, and improved parking and transportation options. For updates on Yachts Miami Beach, visit

Dammrich said he is confident that the newly rebranded 75th Miami International Boat Show will be a success. He noted that after the show was forced to move due to construction at its former home, the city encouraged it to move to the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, which is an ideal location for a boat show due to its history as a boating venue and the opportunity to reinvigorate the site.

The site offers a deep water basin and will boast state-of-the-art facilities. Dammrich noted that show construction is on schedule and sales of exhibitor space are brisk. He outlined the variety of hotel, dining and VIP options as well as various hands-on activities that will be available.

Dammrich also outlined the show’s transportation plan, which he said his team knew would not only be critical for a successful show but would be top of mind for anyone attending or exhibiting at the show. “As a result, we have built the most comprehensive transportation plan the city of Miami has ever seen, and with a lot of testing and involvement from multiple transportation partners we are confident we won’t miss a beat,” Dammrich said.

Options include:

  • Free water taxi and shuttle bus from locations throughout downtown Miami
  • Tri-rail/Metrorail/Metro-mover— stations located in Downtown, Brickell and Coconut Grove that will take you direct to free water taxi or shuttle stops
  • Freebee – free open-air taxi shuttles stationed throughout the city.
  • Park-and-ride: There are 12,000 parking spaces available throughout downtown Miami, seven times more parking spots than the show’s previous location on Miami Beach. Parking lots include American Airlines Arena and Marlins Park offering ample, no hassle parking, with direct show entry via free shuttle bus and water taxi.
  • In addition to these spaces, there are 4,000 parking spaces on Virginia Key for exhibitors, valet overflow and VIP

Dammrich encouraged attendees to visit to view the full list of pick-up and drop-off points to access the show. Attendees were encouraged to go online and book their parking ahead of time.

The lunch also provided a valuable opportunity for MIASF to engage with marine businesses in the Miami area.

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