Palm Beach International Boat Show Still Stuns After 31 Years

Starting today, March 17th, the 31st-annual Palm Beach International Boat Show will once again make the posh waters of West Palm Beach a little more glamorous. Considered one of the top five boat shows in the nation, this event brings together everything from small inflatables and boating accessories, to superyachts stretching nearly 300 feet in length – a combined worth of $1.2 billion – from top yacht companies and manufacturers from across the globe.

Managed and produced by Show Management, with sponsorships coming from Budweiser, GEICO, Gosling’s Rum, Palm Harbor Marina, Smallwoods Yachtwear, the Palm Beach Post and Yachting Pages, the 31st-annual Palm Beach International Boat Show is expected to be bigger and better than ever. In addition to the real gems of the show, the yachts, this year’s edition will have food, fun and games on hand for boat lovers of all ages, including the return of AquaZone. Coming off a successful debut in 2015, AquaZone will host a series of live, in-water demonstrations of various watersports toys – like kayaks, rafts, a two-person hovercraft, water-jetpacks, and this year, Seabreachers – in its 60-by-30-foot, 40,000-gallon inflatable freshwater pool. And with top brokerage firms putting their best for-sale vessels on display, like Miami’s own Florida Yachts International, which is known for its impressive collection of luxury yachts, the 2016 Palm Beach International Boat Show is sure to please.

Of all things attendees should lookout for this year, one highlight is Silver Fast, the world’s largest and fastest aluminum motor yacht, which will be on display at the show for the first time ever this weekend. One of 11 yachts presented Burgess Yachts this year, Silver Fast is equal parts extravagant and comfortable. Able to accommodate up to 18 people, it boasts a large ‘theatre room’ with plasma cinema screen, an air-conditioned ‘winter garden,’ an entire master suite deck with a private outdoor retreat, a glass-fronted eight person Jacuzzi, a beach club and spa, and a touch-and-go helipad.  Just completed in November 2015, this 253-foot stunner is on sale for $86.94M, making it the largest, newest and second most expensive yacht at the 2016 Palm Beach International Boat Show.

Entrances for the 2016 Palm Beach International Boat Show are located at Evernia St./Flagler Dr. (waterfront) and North Clematis St./Flagler Dr. (waterfront). It will run from today through Sunday, March 20th, from Noon to 7 PM (Thursday), 10 AM to 7 PM (Friday & Saturday), and 10 AM to 6 PM (Sunday).