Courtesy of Miami International Boat Show
After a decade of declining levels of outdoor recreation, “People are starting to buy boats again,” says Cathy Rick-Joule, manager of the Miami International Boat Show. Running today through February 18, the 72-year-old expo expects to draw more than 100,000 boating enthusiasts and 1,960 exhibitors for its annual showcase of boats, gadgets, engines, gear and marine accessories.
Highlights this year include appearances by Michael “Bear” Grylls, star of Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild, who will introduce the launch of his extreme boat line, and an 82-foot, double-decker catamaran—one of the largest sailboats in the show—that is making its way to Florida from the Caribbean.
As for Rick-Joule, who spends almost every weekend boating with her husband and their cocker spaniel, Gypsy, the joys of owning a waterborne craft speak for themselves. “All you need to do is spend an hour on the water and watch all the smiling faces of your fellow boaters go by,” she says. “Everyone waves—even the dogs are smiling.” 1901 Convention Center Dr.; 786-276-2628; miamiboatshow.com.