Oceans cover nearly three-quarters of the planet’s surface, but some people still don’t have enough places to look at boats. Fortunately, Miami is about to get a bit more boaty. No, we won’t be drowned by rising seas for another decade or so — it’s time again for the Miami International Boat Show.
The boat show washes ashore at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach) this Thursday. In addition to the main show, there are two other sections of the fair: Strictly Sail Miami at Miamarina at Bayside (500 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) and the New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina (1635 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami).
Aside from its more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors, the five-day show features workshops such as the Advanced Docking & Precision Boat Control in Tight Spaces, perfect if you have a boat but live in a studio apartment. There’s also a Big Game Room that includes talks, seminars, and the Chair Fighting Challenge; it’s probably a fishing simulator, but remember that man is the most prized catch of all and someone might attack you with a chair at any time.
A ticket for Thursday costs $35, but after then, adults pay $20 a day and children under 15 get in free if accompanied by an adult. A five-day pass costs $85. The shows are generally open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., but check the full schedule because hours change each day at each part of the show. Call 954-441-3231 or visit miamiboatshow.com.
Feb. 13-17, 2014