Miami International Boat Show 2022 to start and end early


In January, the National Marine Manufacturers Association announced that the Miami International Boat Show would return in 2022 to its former Miami Convention Center, which has since been redeveloped after a five-year stay in Virginia Key. For the most part, this news has been celebrated in the high performance marine industry and the consumer world. While the docks at Miami Marine Stadium were within walking distance of the tent exhibits, making the demonstrations convenient for attendees, getting to and from Virginia Key was inconvenient for spectators and exhibitors at best.

While Outerlimits may not have boats in the water at next year’s Miami International Boat Show, Bristol-based company RI will be exhibiting in the new convention center. Photos from Miami International Boat Show 2020 by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

However, most of the time lost in this news is that the 2022 event scheduled for February 16-22 will take place from from wednesday to sunday rather than Thursday through Monday, which falls on the President’s holiday.

“Monday has always been the toughest day at the show,” said Dan Kleitz of Underlimits Offshore Powerboats of Bristol, RI, who will be exhibiting inside the convention center but will likely go through having a boat at the Sea Isle Marina and the show’s Yachting Center. place of water. “There was a lot of traffic, but most of the time it was just people who had a day off and were just looking for something to do. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, but it usually doesn’t translate into boat sales.

Like Kleitz, Randy Scism of MTI in Wentzville, Missouri, said he appreciates the change in schedule as part of the event’s wholesale relocation. Despite the high-performance catamaran and center console company’s main (and therefore expensive) end-of-dock display on Virginia Key, Scism was more than ready for a change. MTI will be exhibiting indoors as well as on the docks of the Sea Isle Marina across the causeway from the renovated convention center.

“We’re excited to be going back to the Miami Show and being inside, I think it’s going to be great,” he said. “The traffic and the drive to Virginia Key was terrible. Many of our clients stopped coming to the show because it was so difficult to access. We had clients who came to see us and enjoy Miami every year, but it was becoming too much of a pain for him for them.

“We plan to have boats at the show and demonstrations in the water,” he added. “It should be awesome.”

MTI’s Randy Scism is thrilled that the Miami event is returning to its original location.

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