Wow, this news couldn’t come at a better time…
After navigating the congested roads and waterways of Miami Beach the past 4 days at the 2018 Miami Yacht Show, we’re thrilled to announce the show will relocate to the mainland – near downtown Miami, for the 2019 installment of the annual event!
Pending state and federal permits, the show will relocate to the Resorts World property (formerly the headquarters of the Miami Herald newspaper), just north of downtown Miami next to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the Sea Isle Marina.
The show is managed and co-owned by Informa and IYBA, the International Yacht Brokers Association (our company President, Jana Sheeder is a member of IYBA). The event runs concurrently with the Miami International Boat Show, which is owned and operated by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
This year, as in years past, our biggest challenge in inspecting the luxury yacht charter vessels participating in the show is the lack of timely access. Some yachts are docked along the Indian Creek waterway, in front of the iconic Eden Roc and Fontainebleau hotels. Scenic? Yes. Accessible? Hardly… There’s only one road running north to south (Collins Avenue) and it can easily take 1 hour to traverse the mile-long row of yachts docked along Collins Avenue.
Further adding to the time constraints, the largest yachts (like 213 foot Codecasa superyacht Double Down, and 180 foot Heesen yacht Quite Essential) can’t fit at Indian Creek, so they are moored at the Island Gardens marina on Watson Island – about 5 miles away. Traffic congestion and a woeful lack of parking near the show locations exacerbates the access problems.
At 1-800 Yacht Charters, President Jana Sheeder and her team mitigates these problems by moving between the locations by boat. It helps – but still involves a loss of time traveling between locations, as low bridges force us to cruise a long circuit between Collins Avenue and Watson Island. Yes, it’s faster than traveling by car, but still far from ideal…
Other transportation options:
-Shuttle buses, but their schedules are irregular
-Bicycles for rent, but not ideal when with clients
-Skateboards, but those were used by crewmembers to zip back and forth between nearby hotels (too far to skateboard between marinas)
-Uber and Lyft – a good option, but inconvenient when only going a block or so
^ Resorts World LLC Miami Yacht Show location ^
The new site on the mainland offers ease of access, ample parking, and Miami’s rapid transit Metrorail and Metromover trains. This is prime waterfront property – located between the Venetian and MacArthur Causeways. Whereas the Collins Avenue location had minimal space for on-land exhibits, the new location will include exhibition space for compatible luxury products such as:
Most importantly for our team, water taxi transportation will connect the primary show site to Islands Gardens superyacht marina on Watson Island, where some of the largest charter yachts in the world will be berthed. Even cruising at 5 knots in a watertaxi should take no more than 5 minutes to shuttle between these two locations.
The new yacht show venue also has the added benefit of proximity to the Miami International Boat Show (MIBS) at the Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key (Key Biscayne).
[Side note – did we mention dozens of great international-fare restaurants located in downtown Miami?]
We’re extremely excited about the future of the Miami Yacht Show. With better parking, greater access to the charter yachts, luxury product vendors and restaurants, the 2019 show is an event not to be missed!
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There was a big surprise waiting for us last week as we headed to the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show to inspect several private yacht charter vessels for our clients planning vacations in the Caribbean this winter. Our professional organization, the Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA) had sent out an email teaser to the membership regarding “big news” to be announced at the show.
It certainly was big news: Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA) rebranded as the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA)
On Friday, November 4th, Cindy Sailor, our FYBA Executive Director, held a news conference at the FYBA display booth to announce the change.
“When we mapped out the FYBA membership, it reinforced what we already knew, that FYBA is truly an international organization with members operating in popular yachting areas not just in Florida but around the globe,” said Sailor. “Our new name, ‘International Yacht Brokers Association,’ better reflects who we are — the largest and most prestigious group of professional yacht and charter brokers in the world.”
When asked to comment, our own company head-honcho, Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, expressed her support of the change.
“The 1300-plus members of our association are dedicated to raising the standard of professionalism in our industry. While many of us have home offices here in South Florida, the yachting capital of the world, many of our member’s sales and yacht charter private vacations take place in other parts of the world. This rebranding better portrays the diversity of our global reach and the impact our members have on the overall yachting industry.”
Founded nearly 30 years ago, the members of the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA) representing more than 400 businesses, and are responsible for 20 percent of all international yacht sales, 50 percent of all U.S. domestic yacht sales, and a staggering 80 percent of all yacht sales transactions in the state of Florida.
The world’s leading charter brokerages, such as Fraser Yachts, Camper and Nicholsons, Northrop and Johnson, and boutique independent agencies like our own 1-800 Yacht Charters are all IYBA members.
The influence of IYBA extends well beyond yacht sales and luxury yacht charter services. The IYBA Public Affairs Committee is charged with the responsibility to lobby the U.S. and Florida legislation for the benefit of the yachting industry as a whole, regarding issues of boating safety and regulations, financial affairs, and environmental matters.
Sailor believes our members and our Association have earned the recognition of our peers around the globe. “As we go into the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, an event that also started out as Florida-specific and grew into the world’s largest in-water boat show, our new brand positioning will help IYBA members to command the respect from our domestic and international colleagues that they deserve” said Sailor.
Here, here, Cindy – we couldn’t agree more!!! (The similarity of IYBA’s new corporate logo to our long-established 1-800 Yacht Charters logo shows the kindred spirit of the yacht charter and brokerage industries!)
For more information about the International Yacht Brokers Association, visit www.iyba.yachts.