The Palm Beach International Boat Show, coming up March 21 to 24, is a favorite among many professionals and visitors. The location—on West Palm Beach’s waterfront, steps away from Clematis Street’s lively shops and restaurants—is appealing. The time of year—the third week of March—is usually as safe a bet as you can make on weather in South Florida, and the quality of visitors is exceptionally high. All these factors have contributed to the Palm Beach show’s growing popularity. If you have not been in a while, you need to come back; this is not the same old show. The completion of Palm Harbor Marina’s $20-million renovation in 2009, made it possible for larger yachts to join the center consoles, express cruisers, sportfishers and other long-time Palm Beach boat show favorites. More than a few impressive vessels have answered Palm Beach’s siren call in years past. And this year will be no different.
Unless she finds a new owner before March 21, the 200-foot Benetti Diamonds are Forever (her experienced owners listed her for sale) will make a welcomed repeat appearance in Palm Beach, where she created quite a stir with well-orchestrated lines of visitors last year. Also likely to grace the docks is the 156-foot Vajoliroja, a new addition to the Burgess brokerage fleet. This yacht by Proteksan-Turquoise may look like a classic, but is relatively new. She was built as Anatolia in 2001 and refitted in 2008. She has gained tons of pedigree in the past decade, especially while she was owned by Pirates of the Caribbean’s super star Johnny Depp and his family. A one-of-a-kind yacht with a fairy-tale Edwardian interior by design masters Redman Witeley Dixon, Vajoliroja offers a trip back in time, anywhere you choose to anchor.
But the beautiful boats are not the only thing Palm Beach has to offer. On March 22, Yachts International and the AIM Marine Group are hosting an invitation-only party, which is sure to be the event of the show. In addition, a new non-profit venture called Ports of Cause—which aims to foster good will, support shipyards and suppliers and provide new opportunities within the yachting industry—makes its debut in Palm Beach. For more on this commendable endeavor, click here.
Outside the show’s gates, there is still plenty to do. A waterfront lunch at Bradley’s, a Palm Beach standby, or authentic “steak frites” at nearby Pistache are within steps of the show. The city also has many fine restaurants to celebrate a business deal, including Café Boulud, Chef Clay Conley’s Buccan or the new HMF at The Breakers Palm Beach.
Want to know more? Visit showmanagement.com for the latest information on tickets, parking and exhibitors.