After taking last year off because of COVID, the Miami International Boat Show is back! And after a five-year absence, the exhibit is returning to the Miami Beach Convention Center (along with four additional locations) from Wednesday, Feb. 16-20, for a President’s Day weekend boating extravaganza.
Produced by Informa Markets and owned by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the Miami show is the largest boat and yacht event in the world. “We are looking forward to delivering an unparalleled experience at the 2022 show,” said Andrew Doole, president of U.S. Boat Shows with Informa Markets. “With our return to the Miami Beach Convention Center and alongside our partners at the NMMA, the 2022 boat show will be unlike any other winter boat show, and we can’t wait to bring together the boating and yachting community for an unforgettable event.”
Historically, the Miami International Boat Show, the Miami Yacht Show, and SuperYacht Miami have attracted over 100,000 visitors from approximately 35 countries around the globe to South Florida while generating an estimated $1.34 billion for the state, which is equivalent to the impact of hosting nearly three Super Bowls. Now that international travel restrictions have been lifted, the newly titled Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show is expected to welcome back the global community of guests to this epic, five-day boating event—a welcome boon to South Florida’s tourism and hospitality sector.
The Miami show will feature plenty of speed-oriented exhibitors from the world of powerboating. Here’s what you can expect to see in February:
The high-performance builder will show off two of its luxury center console vees (the 42V and 50V), as well as two of its go-fast catamarans (both 390X models) in the Convention Center. In addition, the team will be offering in-water demo rides on those same models at Haulover Marine Center, a 180-acre facility in North Miami Beach. MTI’s offerings will be powered exclusively by Mercury Racing 450R outboards. Booth MB168
(Osage Beach, MO)
Performance Boat Center’s catamaran, the 360 (powered by twin Mercury Racing 450R outboards) will be available to view on the water at their Sea Isle display.
The creator of three sizes of center consoles (32, 34 and 40) will have a 32CCX and a 40CCX on hand at Performance Boat Center’s Sea Isle display.
Deep Impact will be showing off four boats in the water: James Redding‘s new 399 Sport (with quad Mercury Racing 450R outboards), Bret Laso‘s new 399 Sport quad (with Mercury Racing 400Rs), Mark Fischer’s 399 Cabin (with quad Mercury Racing 450Rs) and Brian Schatzberg’s 43′ Blackwater with triple 600s. Sea Isle 702 Slips A-C
When Cigarette travels to the Miami show, they don’t leave an awful lot behind, and their voluminous display is not to be missed. This year, the team is bringing a 41′ Nighthawk (with quad Mercury Racing 450Rs), a 42′ Auroris (with quint 450Rs), a 515 (with 1550/1350s/M8 Drives), and a 24′ Cigarette with a single Mercury 600 SCi. They’ll also be displaying a 1994 35′ Cafe Racer ART Basel Edition powered by 520s with XR drives. Booth MB184
(El Cajon, CA)
West Coast luxury catamarans will be exclusively represented by DCB—specifically, Greg Harris and Yvonne Aleman’s new M37R with twin Mercury Racing 450Rs, called Mad Props. It will be featured at Mercury Racing’s on-water display at Sea Isle (see Mercury Racing, below).
Showgoers looking for the ultimate mind-blowing experience are never disappointed when they see Outerlimits’ display. Their wares don’t merely exemplify “state of the art,” they redefine it. This year, hull #2 of the company’s SC37 catamaran will take center stage; also expect to see an SV29 powered by a Mercury Racing 565. At the time of this writing, Outerlimits was also trying to arrange to have an SL41 on display as well.
FOUNTAIN POWERBOATS (ICONIC MARINE GROUP)
Fountain says the “highlight of the show” is its new 32NX, which will be shown in two variations. The version at the Convention Center will be equipped for bluewater fishing with extra rod holders, a tackle center and slide-out cooler. Meanwhile, the Mercury Racing booth will have a 32NX with triple Mercury Racing 300Rs on hand with all of the “Sport” option upgrades, including the graphics, upholstery and sound system. Also at the Convention Center: a 38SC and a 38CC, both equipped with triple 450Rs. Meanwhile, two Fountains will be in the in-water location: a 34CC and 38TE. Booth MB243 & Sea Isle 501/502
(Cape Coral, FL)
The builder of high-end center console models will have boats in the Convention Center and on the water. Here’s what they’re bringing:
Convention Center (Booth MB386)
• 400 CC Super Sport with 4x450Rs (new model)
• 450 CC Super Sport with 4x450Rs
Sea Isle Display:
• 392 CC Super Fish with 4x450Rs
Mercury Racing Booth (Sea Isle):
• 460 Flyer with 4x450Rs
(Fond du Lac, WI)
The industry powerhouse will showcase its wide array of products at their Convention Center booth—engines, controls, new tech, props, etc. There will be plenty to see, including the following engines:
• Dual Calibration 1350/1550
• 1100 Competition
• 360 APX competition outboard
• 300R with AMS
• Racing controls and rigging
• Racing propellers
Additionally, the company will be hosting three boats confirmed for demo rides at the Sea Isle docks:
• Nor-Tech Flyer with 450R
• Fountain with 300R featuring AMS
• DCB M37 with 450R
At the time of this writing, a fourth boat—Mystic’s M4200 center console—was also being discussed as a possible addition to Mercury Racing’s in-water display.
The manufacturer of thousands of parts accessories, from throttles and shifters to trim tabs and LED navigation lights, will be displaying the following:
• Quick Pin Fender cleats
• QR Series DTS control (short levers with up to three trim switches in knob)
• QRM Series DTS control (medium length levers with overholding to match many black wheels)
• Mega tabs for large, heavy boats and center tab for catamarans.
(Palm Coast, FL)
The popular national online marine dealership and performance products builder will be located directly alongside the Miami Beach Convention Center’s West entrance doors. The Miami show will allow the team to showcase more than a dozen new products in numerous market segments. Expect to see the latest in performance outdrive solutions, an all-new colorful billet hardware selection, new Steering wheel designs and a host of digital technology products to debut at the show. Hardin will also have some of its best suppliers and distributors on hand, including Bluewater, CP Performance and Marine Design to represent and support the product offerings. Booth MBDCCD4
The 2022 marquee event will be anchored at the Miami Beach Convention Center, One Herald Plaza, Sea Isle Marina, Museum Park Marina, and Island Gardens.
• Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139) will offer power boats up to 49 feet, engine manufacturers, marine accessories, electronics, and retail pavilions.
• One Herald Plaza (Biscayne Bay & NE 14th Street Miami, FL 33132) will feature larger power boats, motor yachts ranging from 50 feet to 125 feet in length, yacht tenders, engines, marine accessories, and retail pavilions.
• Sea Isle Marina (1635 N Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33132) will set the stage to test drive over 150 sea trial vessels while also highlighting boat and engine manufacturers.
• Museum Park Marina (801 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132) will provide an up-close look at the latest sailboats, catamarans, and sailing accessories.
• Island Gardens Deep Harbour (888 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132) will showcase SuperYacht Miami with the largest and most luxurious yachts at the Miami International Boat Show.