The 32nd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show (PIBS), kicked of yesterday, and by all accounts it is bigger and better than ever! Running through Sunday, March 26th, thousands of yachting and boating enthusiasts have already converged on the beautiful coastal community of West Palm Beach, FL.
Perhaps owing to the recent acquisition of Show Management, to the same company that produces the Monaco Yacht show, this year’s PIBS has a distinctive “European Flair.” For example, Italian luxury motor yacht maker, Benetti, used the Palm Beach boat show to officially debut its new 116-foot yacht, and according to the Palm Beach Daily News, “vendor space for the first time has been reserved by several Dutch yacht manufacturers, including Amals, which is scheduled to exhibit Spirit, a 180-foot yacht. Amals joins Dutch shipyards Feadship and Heesen, both of which will have booths at the show for the first time, although neither will be exhibiting a vessel. Moonen, another Dutch manufacturer, and Palumbo of Italy also are on the vendor roster for the first time.”
“European shipyards these days are eager to reach affluent American buyers, whose stock portfolios have been buoyed of late, even as global economic uncertainty has dampened the prospects of many buyers across the pond,” said Andrew Doole, senior vice president of Show Management.
Other Details of PIBS 2017
The event includes hundreds of boats from 8 foot inflatables, power boats, fishing boats, center consoles, bow riders, personal watercraft, to superyachts over 150’. You will also find the finest pre-owned yachts, tents full of the latest electronics and accessories, seminars and fishing clinics. In addition, expect exotic cars, upscale vendors, live music and waterfront fun for all.
The number of boats and yachts on view has grown in each of the past several Palm Beach boat shows. So has the footprint of the event’s displays on land and in the Intracoastal Waterway, encompassing more than a dozen acres in all. Last year, for example, officials said the total number of boats in the water rose 8 percent, with the 100-foot and larger category was up 31 percent over the previous edition. The number of boats 80 to 100 feet in size saw an increase of 32 percent.
If You Go
There are still plenty of tickets available for the show, and the weekend weather forecast is great. The hours are 10am – 7PM on Saturday, and 10am -6PM on Sunday. Tickets are $22 for adults; $12 for ages 6 to 15; free for children younger than 6. Tickets are available at ShowManagement.com and at the show’s entrances. So come on over, and be sure to check out the featured boats and show specials available from 26 North Yachts.
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