Palm Beach International Boat Show March 25-28
The Palm Beach International Boat Show marks its 35th anniversary this year as it returns to an in-person format with Covid-19 safety protocols in place. These include mandatory masks, an open-air layout, an increased number of entry and exit points, and a limit on how many guests will be allowed to board the boats and exhibits at any one time. With limited international travel, organisers are expecting a more regional show.
The show’s expected to feature more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts and maritime accessories. Superyachts confirmed to be present this year include the 42-foot award-winning Amels Plvs Vltra and the Lürssen 279-foot ACE. The Princess X95 will make its world debut at the show. Palm Beach typically attracts around 53,000 visitors but attendee numbers are expected to be down this year, says Robb Report.
“This year’s event is open-air thanks to our updated layout, and the show will be entirely ticketless,” says Andrew Doole, president of Informa Markets US Boat Shows. “We bring experience from having successfully hosted the St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show earlier this year and, prior to that, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in the fall of 2020.”
Doole anticipates the US show to be a more localised event, made up of visitors and exhibitors mostly from South Florida.
“Historically, the majority of exhibitors have been local to the tri-county region, and we expect this year’s show to be similar in that respect,” he says. “While we would normally have a wide listing of international exhibitors, as a result of continued Covid-19 restrictions on travel to the United States, we anticipate a limited number of international exhibitors and visitors to be in attendance this year.”
One of those international visitors will be Fairline Yachts, as its Targa 45 Open makes its Palm Beach debut.
As well as the 45, the company’s displaying the Targa 65 GT and the F//LINE 33.
Image courtesy of Informa, taken at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2020.