The 72nd Annual Boat Show Cruises into Town

Stylish Yachts, Boating Tech Toys, Celebs and On-the-Water Adventure Highlight the 2013 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail.

Showcasing the best of the boating industry, with thousands of the newest boats, marine gear and accessories for sale, on top of five days of on-the-water entertainment and education. From hundreds of boat debuts and thousands of cutting-edge technologies on display, to appearances from local and national celebrities and on-the-water action, the world’s premier boating event will provide every visitor a chance to discover the fun of the boating lifestyle.

The 72nd annual Progressive Miami International Boat Show returns President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 14-18, 2013 for five days of nautical fun. This colossal event draws more than 100,000 boating enthusiasts from around the world to explore the best of boating, and generates big business in Florida and for the U.S. recreational boating industry.

As Miami’s premier boating event, the 2013 show delivers attendees an all-access pass to discover the boating lifestyle and a chance to shop the newest boats and marine accessories. An annual tradition for new and seasoned boaters, the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show provides deals on hundreds of boats, gear and accessories from the region’s premier dealers and retailers, interactive courses covering all-things boating, and attractions for all ages.

The show features more than 2,000 local, national and international companies showcasing more than 3,000 of the newest boats, many making their world debuts, plus thousands of new gadgets, engines, gear and marine accessories. Be one of the first to board, review and report on the newest boats and more!

Bear Grylls, Star of Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated Man vs. Wild – Bear is making an exclusive first-time appearance at the boat show to meet with fans and show visitors and announce the launch of his new range of extreme RIBS (Rigid Inflatable Boats) on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Tred Barta, fishing & outdoor legend – The star of The Best and Worst of Tred Barta on NBC Sports Outdoors will be at the Sea Isle Marina to meet fans and foes, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Meet History Channel/A&E’s Shark Wranglers – Chris Fischer, Expedition Leader and Captains Brett McBride and Jody Whitworth of OCEARCH, who have been featured on HISTORY/A&E’s Shark Wranglers, will share firsthand how they catch, tag, study and release great white sharks! They will be speaking in the Big Game Room on Thursday at 4:15pm; and on Saturday at 5:00pm in the Convention Center to meet fans, take photos and sign autographs.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2012 Indy Car Series Champion – Ryan will be signing autographs on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Honda Marin Booth starting at 2:00 p.m., and on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Garmin Booth starting at 2:00 p.m.

Experience complimentary on-water sailing and power boating classes through the Discover Boating Puts You at the Helm program at Sea Isle Marina and Miamarina.

Big Game Room – Celebrating ten years, the world’s largest sport fishing expo returns with the latest in blue water fishing gear, charters and sport fishing destinations, plus seminars, demos and MUCH more!

FREE Sailing Lessons – Experience how a boat reacts to wind & waves, and learn how to use a tiller – without even getting wet! This sailing simulator is fun and instructional for sailors of all abilities.

Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center – Learn how to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat and motor at Fred’s Shed DIY seminars, clinics & interactive workshops.

Meet Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer – Don’t miss the girl that’s determined, positive, helpful, caring and ALWAYS ready for adventure. Dora the Explorer will be at the show on Saturday, Feb. 16 from Noon to 3:00 p.m.

Cruiser’s Outpost Cruiser’s Party – Join the party Saturday, Feb. 16 at 6:00 p.m. for an evening of fun hosted by Cruiser’s Outpost with live music by Eric Stone, free beer & pizza. Cruiser’s Outpost is a new boating lifestyle website and quarterly magazine, from the former LATS & ATTS group.

Vacation Basin at Strictly Sail Miami – Stop by to learn about some of the most exotic charter destinations in the world. Book a trip to a place only seen in pictures and see the boats that will lead the journey, plus enjoy special island drinks and music by one of the most well-known steel drummers in the world, Frankendread!

 Show Details:

Each of the three Miami Boat Show venues features different experiences for attendees:

New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina Located at 1635 North Bayshore Drive, Miami

· See and board hundreds of power boats in the water

· Discover Boating puts you At the Helm—Clinics and seminars offering hands-on, on-the-water boating instruction, presented by the Recreational Powerboating Association (RPBA). Due to popularity, advance registration is encouraged.

Progressive® Insurance Strictly Sail® Miami at Miamarina at Bayside, located at 400 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

· Enjoy touring the vast sailboats—including an unbeatable selection of catamarans

· Shop for sailing gear and accessories from around the world

· Attend seminars and enjoy the sailing features and attractions

Miami Beach Convention Center, located at 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

· There are boats for every activity and budget, from personal watercraft to luxury cruisers, marine engines, electronics and accessories, nautical gifts and apparel, services and more!

· Experience the world’s premier sport fishing expo, the popular Big Game Room—Celebrating its 10th year

· Enjoy Dive & Travel Harbor showcase for diving gear, travel resorts and boating destinations

· Meet celebrities,including famed sailor Jimmy Cornell

TO?GO:?Thursday, Feb. 14 through Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

Thursday, Feb. 14 (Premiere Thursday): 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission: Premiere Day (Feb. 14): $35

Adults (16 and older): $20

Five-day adult pass (Good all five days of the show): $85

Two-day adult pass (valid Feb. 14-18): $35

Youth 15 and under get in FREE (must be accompanied by an adult)

One ticket good for all sites (including free access to shuttle bus & water taxi)

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