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Old 13-02-2015, 07:07   #1
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Strictly Sail Miami impressions

Went to opening trade day show yesterday. Glad I did but it's not the same as the last two shows. Lots of major dockside construction and I estimate 1/3 less manufacturers and boats.

Hunter is just showing the 31. Beneteau has everything except the Oceanis 41, actually the model I wanted to see. Jeanneau has the full lineup. Hake is there. Solana has the 41 and the 44. Hanse and Bavaria has 1 or 2 models. Island packet is no show. Catalina is showing the 38 and the 44(?). Be prepared for a number of empty slips and some ticketing confusion leftover from opening day.

Oh, and then there's the Maui-like Florida in February weather and the culture rich city of Miami framed by spectacular Biscayne Bay that is worth the trip in itself. I lived down here for 23 years and never enjoy it more than I do now as an occasional tourist.
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Re: Strictly Sail Miami impressions

Island Packet is a no show and Hunter is only showing one boat in their own back yards? That doesn't look good for those two domestic builders. I would have thought both of companies would have their entire line up there for inspection. Or, at the very least the flagship model of their fleet.

Boat shows sell boats. We sold our Hunter at a small boat show in Dana Point a few years ago, and purchased our Oyster as a result of attending the Newport, RI boat show. How do these two companies expect to sell any boats?
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For gear and equipment only, how the Miami boat show compares with Annapolis?
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Island Packet is a no show and Hunter is only showing one boat in their own back yards? That doesn't look good for those two domestic builders. I would have thought both of companies would have their entire line up there for inspection. Or, at the very least the flagship model of their fleet.

Boat shows sell boats. We sold our Hunter at a small boat show in Dana Point a few years ago, and purchased our Oyster as a result of attending the Newport, RI boat show. How do these two companies expect to sell any boats?

Interesting views Ken. I'd interpret this as a balance of builders opting out of Strictly Sail Miami venue due to one of three variables: (1) they knew the construction would dampen the venue, (2) the booming economy = why spend precious capital on promo when their build list is growing, and (3) loss of confidence generally with the Strictly Sail event value story.

From my needs perspective, I'd favor a show that delivered what you suggest in your post, a combo new build and broker show. I say this as I am in a category which probably has big numbers: buyers looking for not new but three year old boats who want to know what's fresh from the builder of choice and how that relates to target older boat that already went down the depreciation curve but Still fresh from a systems perspective.
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For gear and equipment only, how the Miami boat show compares with Annapolis?

SV, that could be a value rich story but I did not spend any time in the tent.
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I bought my boat at the show two years ago. The ongoing construction certainly put a dampener on the event in many ways. Ticketing and gate administration was not well organized and confusing to many folks familiar with previous shows at this venue.
The star of the show for me was Jimmy Cornell's boat Aventura at slip B11 and the seminars he presented. The tents where the seminars are held are not suitable for a quality presentation with noise, traffic and daylight interfering with the presenters efforts. I did not get the feeling that the event is "managed" but rather organized and the left on auto pilot.
Hopefully, the construction will be completed and an improvement to make next years show much better and more enjoyable.
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I spent most of a day at the show on late Thursday and early Friday. According to the industry, the show had approximately 100 boats in the water and that was as large as in recent years. As usual, it was dominated by multihulls to 75'LOA, and the major charter companies had their new models on display. Large Beneteau and Jenneau displays. Catalina showed something in the mid-30s and their 445, which has an interesting aft cabin that is very versatile.

The tent was in an entirely different location (near Biscayne Blvd) and had the normal complement of vendors under a single tent. There was pretty good foot traffic on Friday morning, and perhaps 100 people in line as I left around 11:30.

You may have heard that the powerboat show is moving to an entirely new location for a few years (at least) at Virginia Key. This leaves the Broker's Show sort of in a funny situation, since it will be so far from the Strictly Sail show and the rest of the powerboat vendors and accessory companies.

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Not even close..mthe strictly sail portion of the Miami show is 1/4 Annapolis!
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Not even close..mthe strictly sail portion of the Miami show is 1/4 Annapolis!

I confirm that.
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I spent most of a day at the show on late Thursday and early Friday. According to the industry, the show had approximately 100 boats in the water and that was as large as in recent years. As usual, it was dominated by multihulls to 75'LOA, and the major charter companies had their new models on display. Large Beneteau and Jenneau displays. Catalina showed something in the mid-30s and their 445, which has an interesting aft cabin that is very versatile.

The tent was in an entirely different location (near Biscayne Blvd) and had the normal complement of vendors under a single tent. There was pretty good foot traffic on Friday morning, and perhaps 100 people in line as I left around 11:30.

You may have heard that the powerboat show is moving to an entirely new location for a few years (at least) at Virginia Key. This leaves the Broker's Show sort of in a funny situation, since it will be so far from the Strictly Sail show and the rest of the powerboat vendors and accessory companies.

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Hmmm, if that's true (similar numbers of boats in the water this year to last), there were still many less builders on hand with brand new boats. Again, many empty slips in the middle of the show and I don't count fractional and charter company boats or brokers boats in that boat total. A show like this succeeds or fails based upon how many new boats are present. The analogy of staging the show and then letting it run its course is an accurate one, at least on Thursday it felt like that.
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Not even close..mthe strictly sail portion of the Miami show is 1/4 Annapolis!
Those that go to ONLY the Strictly Sail portion and skip the Convention Center are missing the other 3/4.
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Surprising that Catalina did not have (according to prior posts) their new 275 sport at the show. Were there smaller boats at the convention center?
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Surprising that Catalina did not have (according to prior posts) their new 275 sport at the show. Were there smaller boats at the convention center?
I wasn't looking for sailboats at the Convention Center, but I doubt any were there. If any, they would have been small trailerables.

I was responding to Rich's post that gear and equipment at Strict Sail Miami is 1/4 the size of Annapolis. While that's probably true (haven't been to Annapolis show for years), the Miami Convention Center has tons of accessories, all the major electronics vendors (IIRC, Garmin is the only one at Strictly Sail), electrical, generators, engines, dinghy, watermakers, galley, bedding, fixtures, etc., basically everything for inside and outside the boat. There are even sail rigging displays at the convention center.

What was curious this year is the separation of the show guides, a different one for Strict Sail vs. the Miami Boat Show. Hence, if you picked up a guide at Strictly Sail, you would have no idea who/what was at the Convention Center. I found this very unhelpful and could cause a newbie to forgo the free ride between them.
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Those that go to ONLY the Strictly Sail portion and skip the Convention Center are missing the other 3/4.

The other 3/4? What am I missing? I thought it was powerboats at the Convention center. A minute after this post I read the next post answering the question, it's anything other than sailboats. Also, for the past three years I have attended Strictly Sail Miami, there has always been a separation between the two shows. Am crossing Miami off my annual show treks. Beautiful venue but disappointing boat inventory. See you in Annapolis in the fall.
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