Miami Boat Show: Plan Your Visit

Debbie Hanson

Photo credit: Miami Boat Show

Are you planning to attend the Miami Boat Show this year? If not, now is the time to reconsider. If this is the case, and you already have the dates of the Miami Boat Show February 16-20 on your calendar, then you are far from being alone. Strong consumer confidence and low interest rates have many people ready to step into the recreational boating world.

According to a recent quote from Thom Dammrich, President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), “Economic indicators are working in favor of the industry – a continuously improving real estate market, strong consumer confidence, growing disposable income and higher consumer spending. and low interest rates all contribute to a healthy recreational boat market. Looking ahead, 2017 is likely to bring new dollar and sales gains to 2016 levels or better, and that trend is expected to continue into 2018. “

Now that you know why more and more people are getting into the boating lifestyle, you might be interested in some useful tips to help you plan your visit to the Miami Boat Show this year.

• Are you a member of a boat owners club? Before buying your tickets for this year, see if your boat owner’s club is offering a discount on tickets.

• Attend on a weekday if possible to avoid the crowds on the weekend. The first day of the show, Premier Day, is Thursday, February 16, and the boat show hours are 10 am-6pm. The Miami Boat Show dates and hours are Friday February 17th through Monday February 20th. The opening times are daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Use the park and ride options to get to and from the off-site parking lots. Free water taxis and shuttles are available so you can get to the Miami Boat Show by sea or land. You can also buy parking tickets in advance for a guaranteed spot.

• If you are in the market for a new boat, do your research in advance for manufacturers and boat prices. This way you will be informed when you come to the show and get special prices for boat shows. Otherwise, you are likely to be missing out on a good buying opportunity.

• Do not try to do the entire show in one day. This year over 1,300 boats will be on display – including 565 boats in the water and more than 100 yachts. Given that the exhibition staff is expecting more than 100,000 visitors and there are over 1,000 exhibitors, take your time.

• Dare to dream. Ever wondered what it would be like to lounge in a luxurious master cabin or sit at the helm of one of the best fishing boats for offshore travel? This is your opportunity because the Miami Boat Show is the place to be.

Now you are prepared for the next time someone asks you, “When exactly is the Miami Boat Show this year?” You can also pass on some bonus tips for boat shows. Don’t forget to familiarize yourself with the different types of boats before you set off. Use our boat comparison tool so you know your sport fishing boats from your deck boats. Your time at a boat show will be much more productive with a little advance planning.

Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, advocate of sport fishing for women, IGFA world record holder and freshwater guide in southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has been featured in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @ shefishes2.