Media Reminders for Miami International Boat Show
| February 13, 2018

BWI's Annual Meeting

BWI's Annual Event and Writing Contest Awards breakfast will be Thursday February 15, opening day of the Miami Boat Show. Joining in the mix of events will be presentation of the Marine Marketers of America's Neptune Awards. Timing will remain the same, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Location is the same as last year, but the name of the venue has been changed to The Peroni Lounge, an on-dock restaurant on Pier 4 directly in front of the center of the Marine Stadium. Those planning to attend should take a cab or Uber or arrange to park on-site at the show. Buses and water taxis don't run until 9 a.m., an hour before show opens.

Media check-in will be located in the Registration area (there will be a dedicated lane marked with 'Media Check-in' signage) and will be operational at 7 a.m., according to show staff. The check-in process remains the same. Remember to bring an ID, business card and/or BWI member card. Advance registration is available at

To enhance the Meeting, the First (and hopefully annual) BWI Prize Raffle will be staged in three waves during the breakfast event. Prizes totaling $3,000+ include:

ACR Electronics - Locator Beacon $275

BoatUS - Lifetime Membership

Buoyweather - 1 year free subscription $80

NMMA / Discover Boating - 2 Miami Boat Show VIP Lounge Tickets $125 each

Freedom Boat Club - Patagonia computer bag

The GPS Store - Standard Horizon HX300 VHF Floating Radio $100

Home Port Global - Califamo Sirocco II cabin Fan $100

Interlux/Awlgrip - Choice of Gallon of Bottom Paint

Mercury Marine - Vessel View Mobile System $278

Protomet/PTM Edge - PCC-140 Pro ComboSki Mirror and Bracket $300

Rushton Gregory - Lowrance Link-6 VHF Radio $189

SeaTow - 2 Sea Tow Gold Card 1-year memberships $179 each

Home Port Global - LifeCell Marine Trailer Boat Safety Ditch Pack $299

Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation - $100 West Marine Gift Card

Star Brite - Certificate for Boat Care Kit

Thunderbird (Formula Boats) - $100 gift certificate for Formula wear

West Marine - Binoculars $200

Westerbeke Corp. - Three $50 gift cards

Winegard Co. Marine Div. - HD Antenna $429

Miami Yacht Show

The in-water luxury yacht exhibition during Miami's annual boat show week each February has received a new name and look. Formerly Yachts Miami Beach, the annual event is being rebranded as the Miami Yacht Show on Collins Avenue. Set to take place from February 15-19 in Miami Beach along Collins Avenue across from the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels, the show, now entering its 30th year, attracts a global audience to a display including more than 500 new and brokerage yachts and a wide array of marine technology and accessories.

Spanning more than a mile along the Indian Creek Waterway from 41st Street to 54th Street, the yacht show covers more than 1.2 million square feet of space. In addition to the display of yachts and accessories, the show features floating cocktail and VIP lounges, food and live musical entertainment.

Media registration is at Media contacts are Danny Grant,, Marielle Sologuren,, and Carlos Goycochea (en Espanol),

Wednesday February 14

5 - 8 p.m., Mercury Marine Media Event - Join John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president, Brunswick Chief Technology Officer David Foulkes and celebrity influencers and athletes for dinner, drinks as Mercury looks ahead to 2018 and beyond. Briza On The Bay (Inside the Doubletree Biscayne Hotel, 1717 N Bayshore Dr, Miami). RSVP to Lee Gordon, or 920-924-1808.

Thursday February 15

8:00 - 9:30 a.m., BWI Annual Meeting, Writing Contest Awards and Marine Marketers Neptune Awards; see details above.

2 p.m., Official debut of the all-new Hurricane line-up. Booth A 215. Contact Alyssa Gipson,

4 p.m., Join Hatteras Yachts for its Happy Hour, news of two upcoming models - the 105 Raised Pilothouse and GT45X Open - plus a new strategic partnership with private aviation company Wheels Up. Miami Yacht Show, Ramp 4, across from the Eden Roc. RSVP: Louisa Beckett, louisa@turnkeywords.com954-599-9355.

4:30 p.m., Suzuki Press Reception and New Product Announcements, Booth F246 in the Engines Tent. Refreshments followed by the 4:45 Press Conference focusing on the new DF350A, as well as several upgrades to the product line. Contact Rick Hauser,

6 - 9 p.m., Martin Flory Group Client Press Suite, at the Rusty Pelican Ballroom (2nd Fl.), adjacent to MIBS at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway on Virginia Key. Refreshments and a chance to meet new people, arrange meetings with clients at the show, and assistance with editorial projects. Contact Kelly Flory, kelly@martinflory.com847-662-9070

6 - 9 p.m., 2nd Annual Torqeedo Press Reception, Villa Valentino, 1855 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove (just over the causeway from MIBS). Free valet parking available. RSVP: to Jim Rhodes, jrhodes@rhodescomm.com757-451-0602.

6 - 8 p.m., Launch of GPDock, Delano Hotel, Doheny Room, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. RSVP to; contact Daniel Grant, dgrant@PiersonGrant.com954.684.5577. A shuttle from MIBS to the Delano Hotel will be available: Departs 5:15 p.m. from Lot C; contact 305 495 to schedule.

Friday February 16


8 a.m., NMMA Industry and Innovation Breakfast will be held in the Center Courtyard of the show. Tickets are sold out though media interested in attending may contact Sarah Salvatori at For questions about NMMA - BWI Innovation Awards, contact Rachel Harmon at  Given the pre-show start time of the breakfast, attendees must drive to the show and park in Lot A, valet park or take a taxi/Uber to Lot C as all other parking lots and transportation will not be running until 9 a.m. The breakfast opens at 7:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 8 a.m.

10 a.m., Special press briefing from U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) on why and how for the first time outdoor recreation is being included by the federal government as part of GDP. Newly-released data measures the economic significance of boating and fishing. At Whiskey Joe's, 3301 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149. Transportation provided from MIBS to the press briefing via the Show's complimentary Freebee car service. RSVP: to Sarah Salvatori,

10:15 a.m., Seven Marine, Press Conference, MIBS Booth F302. Maik van Zoggel, International Marketing & Sales Director, will unveil the firm's new innovations in luxury big outboards. Contact

11 a.m., Zodiac media event, MIBS Slip 240A. Dominique Heber-Suffrin, CEO and Gary Durnan Americas President will unveil and present the 2018 vision. Demo rides on the latest sports RIB boats are available during all the show. Confirm attendance to: Louisa Beckett, louisa@turnkeywords.com954-599-9355.

1:30 p.m., Nautic-ON, a new Brunswick brand, is making its first appearance at MIBS to showcase its smart technology and service platform. With general manager Adam Schanfield demonstrating and David Foulkes, Brunswick CTO sharing insights. Booth #C813. RSVP: to Shelley Nelson, shelley.nelson@nautic-on.com847.735.4015.

2 p.m., Survivor Club Stories. Meet Geoff Varell at ACR booth (C384) and his sons who recently survived what could have been their last day on the water, and the mom who recounts receiving notification that there was an active search for her family. Contact Nichole Kalil,

5 - 8 p,m., The Annual Suzuki Oasis, "At Our Miami Office - Mike's at the Venetia" (Next to the Marriott Key Biscayne). Contact Rick Hauser,

Saturday February 17

2 p.m., PrepLikeApro Fish with ACR Electronics (booth C384). Audience participation driven event about fishing, where boating safety information will also be discussed. It will be hosted by emcee Operation WetVet founder, Ozzie Martinez and feature a fishing panel and raffle drawings of over $2,500 worth of safety gear. Contact Nichole Kalil,


G Marine and Astondoa New Boats. Astondoa marks the American debut of a newly designed 80 Flybridge, shown for the first time in Cannes last September. Miami Yacht Show, Entrance 4-5 on Collins Avenue Ex 9A, 9T (across from the Fountainebleau Hotel). Contact

Marilyn DeMartini, 954-649-4904,

Home Port Global clients with products to see at MIBS. For more info, contact David Pilvelait,

- Armstrong Nautical, Tent E, Booth 350 - New outboard motor brackets designed to optimize the performance of today's larger, high performance outboards.

- Glendinning Products, Tent E, Booth 317 - ProPilot, allows a boat owner to control the engine propulsion and the bow or stern thruster with a simple joystick interface.

- Life Cell Marine Safety, Tent C, Booth 145 -  Buoyant, high-visibility floating cases to store essential safety gear together for quick and easy access in emergencies.

- TACO Marine, Tent C, Booth 199 - Introducing several new sportfishing products.

Suzuki Sea Trials - All Boats Located on MIBS Pier One. A wide range of Suzuki-powered boats several with multiple engines including the new DF350: Albury Brothers 33, Barker 26, Carolina Skiff Ultra Elite 24, Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 27 HFM, Dusky 33 Open Fisherman, Freeman BoatWorks 42, New Mares Catamaran 47, Sea Hunter 39, SeaVee 390Z, Tideline 235 Hybrid, New Twin Vee 310GF, New Twin Vee Ocean Cat 360, and the Cruisin' Tiki. To schedule a trial, call Rick Hauser, (805)


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