Who doesn’t love a boat show? The 2016 Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show / Strictly Sail Miami is happening from February 11 – 15. Winter shows in warm locations are the best, so we decided to do a top 5 reasons for checking this one out! This list is completely skewed towards ASA because we will be there and want you to visit us!
With two locations and free water-taxis & shuttle busses to help you discover more than 1,200 boats on land and in the water with 400+ slips. Wear a pair of shoes you can kick off easy so you can check out all these cool boats. There’s also vendors everywhere showing off new gadgets, electronics, outboards and everything else under the Miami sun. Take a look at the comprehensive Miami Boat Show Guide.
ASA Sailing Simulator
Our Sailing Simulator, located at space 1370, is always a hit at the boat shows. ASA instructors are on hand to teach the basic concepts of sailing using a small sailboat and a large fan to generate wind. Boat show goers new to sailing can get a hands on feel for sailing without the annoying feeling of crashing into a bulkhead. People always have fun with the simulator and it’s a great way to dip a toe in the water without actually being in the water…does that make sense?
The Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition
ASA has been partnering with Beneteau Yachts for years so when cool things happen with them, we get excited. At this show they will be showing off their new First 35 Carbon Edition developed in collaboration with Farr Yacht Design. It really looks like an amazing boat. Apparently it’s so light, two elderly women in their 80s recently picked one up and spun it around while a crowd gathered in amazement… that is extremely untrue, but it is very light, fast and gorgeous to look at.
Top level instructors from the American Sailing Association ranks will be on hand to give interesting sailing seminars and workshops. Introduction to Sailing, Performance Sailing, Anchoring & Mooring, Docking Under Power & Precision Boat Control, and Intro to Cruising Catamarans are just some of the seminars that will be going on.
- Saturday @ 9:00 – Two Can Sail Couples Cruising Seminar by Jeff Grossman and Jean Levine
- Sunday @ 11:45 – Sailing the Southern Caribbean by Chrystal Young
- Monday @ 11:45 – The Dalmation Coast of Croatia by ASA Instructor Jean De Keyser
- and many more…
On-Water Sailing Workshops
Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to improving your skills and learning new ones. This year’s show features a full schedule of three-hour on-water sailing workshops that will to add fun and excitement to your boat show experience…and take your sailing skills up a notch. There’s something for everyone, from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers! Sign up today!
Boat Show season has just begun… check out this list of upcoming boat shows that ASA will be at – http://asa.com/2016-winter-boat-shows/