South Florida Boat Show

South Florida Boat Show returns after short hiatus

After the sprawling, glitzy Miami and Palm Beach international boat shows in February and March comes the smaller, revived South Florida Boat Show from Friday to June 2 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Free to consumers, the show — now in its 19th year — will feature 150 to 200 new boats ranging from eight-foot rigid inflatables for a couple thousand dollars to center-console fishing boats under 50 feet priced in the mid-six-figure range.

Show manager Shawn Carroll said the recreational boating market has improved a lot during the show’s three-year hiatus, with exhibitor space in Hall C of the convention center nearly sold out.

“This is the working man’s show, the affordable show,” Carroll said. “The dealers are hungry. They want to sell boats at the show.”

With exhibit space priced lower than at the big international boat shows, he said, dealers can pass those savings onto consumers.

And, Carroll said, buyers can obtain financing on the spot at interest rates comparable to the low single-digit rates now in the housing market.

“There’s something there for everyone in the boat market,” he said.

In addition to watercraft, exhibitors will offer fishing gear, electronics, outdoor furniture and nautical-themed clothing and jewelry.

Show hours are 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 1; and 11 a.m. to6 p.m. June 2. Parking at Miami Beach’s 17th Street garage is $1 per hour; preferred and valet parking cost $15.

For more information, visit www.southflaboat

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