West Palm Beach looks set to be a hive of activity once more as boating enthusiasts and industry professionals flock to the 40th edition of the Palm Beach International Boat Show.
Running between 24-27 March along South Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach, the 2022 Palm Beach International Boat Show will feature “more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts and accessories”, alongside a number of exhibitors and manufacturers.
As the last Americana show of the season, it is a mainstay in the calendar for the global yachting industry, and provides an excellent opportunity for show-attendees to network and socialise, especially important after such a long lay off for many yacht shows globally during the pandemic.
This year is already shaping up to be a show to remember, promising a wide spectrum of vessels, ranging from sportfishers and pleasure cruisers to sailing vessels and luxury motor yachts.
As ever, the line-up will include a selection of superyachts available for charter. Here are a few of our top picks attending this year's show;
The largest yacht confirmed to attend is the Silverfast expedition yacht BOLD. Built in 2019, the impressive 83m (280ft) Australian-built vessel is the fastest explorer yacht in the world, capable of speeds up to 23 knots, and has been meticulously designed for the intrepid explorer.
She already wowed show-goers at the Monaco Yacht Show, and is sure to turn plenty of heads on this side of the Atlantic too, with her considerable size and rugged Espen Øino-designed profile, culminating in the large Heli landing deck on the aft deck.
The 63m/207ft Benetti yacht 11.11 is set to make her debut appearance at the show. Her iconic plumb bow and ice-white exterior is certain to draw admiring stares.
But it will surely be for her lavish Art-deco-inspired interiors that will stop lucky show-goers in their tracks. Featuring resplendent chandeliers, rich Italian marbles and artwork from the likes of Tracey Emin and Ben Sack, this yacht has aesthetic appeal in spades.
Also marking her debut at the show is the 68m (224ft) Abeking and Rasmussen superyacht SOARING. Delivered in 2020, she has already proven a popular charter platform. Boasting chic interiors showcasing subtle Art Deco accents along with an impressive selection of amenities, she’ll be crowd-pleaser for sure.
Stand out features include a sprawling sundeck replete with oversized Jacuzzi and swim up bar, as well as a large beach club featuring a tiled Hammam, beauty therapy room and well-equipped gym area.
Other stand-out superyachts attending the 2022 Palm beach show are Rossinavi's 49m/160ft motor yacht EIV, launched in 2020 and featuring a plunge pool, beach club with a wellness center, as well as another star turn from Benetti, this time in the form of the elegant 52m/171ft motor yacht VIANNE, who recently made headlines after it was announced that the owner would be accepting payment for sale or charter in Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and major cryptocurrency.
As well as touring boats and perusing exhibitors’ stands, show-goers will additionally have the opportunity to attend informative seminars and see water toy demos.
Seasoned sportfishers and those still getting to grips with the sport will find a number of sportfishing seminars useful and eye-opening, with boat captains and industry experts sharing tips and techniques. For younger attendees, a kid’s fishing clinic will also be held on Saturday and Sunday.
Back by popular demand, the Aquazone will once again bring some excitement to the show, with demonstrations of water accessories including paddle boarding, SUP Yoga, kayaks and hovercrafts, to name just a few.
Show-goers looking to enhance their time at the Palm Beach Boat Show should opt for the Windward VIP Club, now part of the show’s premium experience. Located within the Lakeside Pavilion, It is the perfect haven for those that want to enjoy the finer things in life whilst at the show.
As well as providing a relaxing sanctuary within the show with a premium open bar and gourmet hors d'oeuvres, the indoor/outdoor lounging area also makes a fabulous setting for socialising and networking.
Daily events are on the agenda, including wine tasting, complimentary massages and margarita mixing, as well as a VIP brunch event and pop-up boutique.
Nearby, the Culinary Experience is headed up by experienced Executive Chef Vagn Nielsen, where you will find a vast range of culinary delights to whet your appetite; from wood-fired pizzas to hand-crafted burgers, perfect for those who prefer not to stray too far.
The 2022 Palm Beach Boat will run between 22 - 27 March, with opening times between 10am and 7pm (with a 12pm start on Thursday and 5pm finish on Sunday).
If you would like to learn more about any of the charter yachts attending the event, please get in touch with a recommended yacht charter broker.
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