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February 17, 2012

Miami Boat Show 2012

By Jamie Wiebe | Travel, Festivals

Miami Boat Show 2012
Courtesy Miami International Boat Show

Boat aficionados of every stripe—sailors, fishermen, yachtsmen alike—will drop anchor in Miami this weekend for the 71st annual Miami International Boat Show, one of the most prestigious gatherings worldwide. In a rare U.S. appearance, Jimmy Cornell, the accomplished Romanian yachtsman and author, will teach a hands-on lesson and share tales from his three circumnavigations of the globe—once with his wife and children in tow. Miami will host more than 3,000 boats at three locations, including the cutting-edge Beneteau Sense 55, with an innovative joystick-maneuvering system ($2.2 million), and the luxurious custom-wood-hulled Maccarini Navegentes, a 95-footer crafted in Brazil by local artisans ($2.5 million). The five-day pass, which includes admission to Thursday’s VIP Premiere Day, is $80; single-day tickets cost $18; February 16–20; miamiboatshow.com.