SAN DIEGO, February 4, 2014 – People who interpret symbols in dreams tell us boats can represent riches, travel, romance, escape, even power. They may link to parties and friends, and things that excite us such as ideas, books, and work projects.
Boating dreams become real when you walk into the Progressive Miami International Boat Show, a five-day show allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the boating lifestyle, if only for one dreamy day.
From Thursday, February 13 through Monday, February 17, more than 3,000 boats from 2,000 companies from around the world will be on display in three locations: the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Sea Isle Marina, and Strictly Sail Miami at Miamarina at Bayside.
For the biggest dreamers, nothing is more dazzling than seeing luxury yachts like the Oceanis 38, recently named “European Yacht of the Year.” This beautiful sailboat features a completely customizable design according to the owner’s needs, whether as a day sailer, weekender, or cruiser. The appointments are first quality including a kitchen I’d be happy to have in my own home.
If your idea of boating heaven is less James Bond and more America’s Cup, the new Gunboat 60 is the consumer’s version of a racing catamaran, engineered with the same performance in mind while also providing the luxury touches that make it possible to enjoy the ride whether for a day or for a year-long around the world cruise. The Gunboat 60 is the largest yacht that can be reasonably managed by one person without a crew. But where’s the fun in that? There is plenty of room to bring along a few friends on your next trip.
For the Goldilocks in me it’s the Tiara 50 Coupe, the perfect combination of luxury and engineering, and performance with all the comforts you could ask for. Tiara Yachts is one of the few remaining production boat manufacturers that is family-owned, based in the United States in Holland, Michigan. Reviews love the company’s continuing commitment to high quality finishes and solid construction. I love that you can choose to be outside with the wind in your hair and the sun in your face, jumping off the platform for a scuba dive, or inside in complete luxury with a comforter and a beverage.
It’s incredible to have the chance to get up close to these boats, the same kind of thrill as sitting in a Ferrari at an auto show. But just like at an auto show, the Progressive Miami International Boat Show offers an ideal opportunity to look at something you can aspire to bring home.
The truth is that 95 percent of all the boats on the water in the United States are under 26 feet long, and three-quarters of boat owners have household incomes under $100,000. One in three Americans, 88 million people, participated in recreational boating at least once in 2012, a six percent increase over the previous year. Fishing is the number one boating activity at 63 percent; various watersports including water skiing and wake boarding come in with 46 percent of boating participants.
Boats of all shapes and sizes are for sale at the show for some of the best deals of the year, not only the luxury motor and sailing yachts but the sport fishers, family cruisers and performance boats, the kind you can take out on the lake every weekend.
For people who are the hands-on type, you can enjoy complimentary on-water sailing and power boating classes through the Discover Boating Hands on Skills Training program. Want someone else to do the driving? Take a free sailboat ride along the bay and enjoy live music for the complete carefree experience.
Even if you’re not in the market, or simply want to admire the incredible craftsmanship and innovative new features on the big-ticket boats, there’s nothing wrong with dreaming big at the Progressive International Miami Boat Show and enjoying a little piece of the boating lifestyle for yourself for the small price of a ticket.
The Progressive Miami Boat Show runs Thursday, February 13 through Monday, February 17, in three locations: the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Sea Isle Marina, and Strictly Sail Miami at Miamarina at Bayside. For more information and tickets visit www.miamiboatshow.com. You can follow the show on Facebook at Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail, on Twitter at @MiamiBoatShow and on Instagram at @MiamiBoatShow
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