The Palm Beach International Boat Show gives you a choice: You can chill, wander and browse the big boats, or you can really jump in and make it a long weekend of adventure and experiences.
The 32nd annual event, along the Flagler Drive waterfront in West Palm Beach, begins Thursday, March 23, and stays through the weekend. (Our insider secret? In the days leading up to the show, camp out at the North Bridge for a little bit. Last year, we saw a breathtaking parade of show boats, not a one under 120 feet, all in a magnificent row.)
Here’s what’s on offer:
IGFA School of Sportfishing Seminars
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is hosting 14 seminars, free with show admission, featuring instruction by South Florida captains and anglers. For more information, please visit the IGFA website.
Kids’ Fishing Clinics by Hook the Future
Interactive instruction in selecting tackle and lures, casting a rod and reel, reeling in a fish and fishing ethics. Upon completion of all learning stations, participants are eligible to win special prizes. Clinics are free with show admission and take place in the Meyer Amphitheater Field at noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Presented by PassageMaker magazine, CruiserPort offers free boating seminars taught by industry professionals. It’s the direct portal into the cruising lifestyle! For more information, visit PassageMaker.com.
The AquaZone’s 60-foot by 30-foot, 40,000-gallon demonstration pool (atthe Meyer Amphitheater area) will be home to in-water demos and hands-on testing. Expect to see live paddle boarding, SUP Yoga, Hobie kayaks, hovercrafts, life rafts, Lehr propane outboards, the Evinrude G-2 outboard, a WaveJet self-propelled SUP, and VersaDock modular docking systems.
Hands-On Boat Handling Classes
Basic and advanced docking skills, open water boat handling, anchoring and multi-vessel rafting techniques, and more. Space is limited; advanced registration recommended. Visit the show website for the full schedule of classes.
2017 Show Schedule: Thursday, March 23: Noon-7 p.m.; Friday, March 24: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, March 25: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 26: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.