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Miami Boat Show Cancelled for 2021

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by toddh, Oct 29, 2020.

  1. toddh

    toddh Member

    115
    Jun 23, 2009
    Southern Indiana
    260 Sundeck
    350 MAG
    I just bought airline tickets. :(
     
  2. mnm99

    mnm99 Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2015
    Long Island
    2004 340 SeaRay Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Merc
    Darn. Do you think there will be any online deals? I always buy electronics and it's around a 30% discount. Looking to get a Garmin 7608 this year.
     
  3. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    I wonder if they waited to see how many people showed up at FLIBS before making the final announcement.

    Have not seen any mention of FLIBS on CSR, not sure if anyone is going.
     
  4. FastMarkA

    FastMarkA Active Member

    323
    Jul 12, 2010
    Chicago
    2015 Sunseeker Portofino 40
    Volvo Penta D6-330
    Just because there's no physical boat show doesn't mean the electronics manufacturers can't/won't discount their products.

    Make sure you're signed up for their emails/follow their social media, I'm sure you'll see the usual rebate programs. (In fact, they could even be more generous now that they're not spending several thousands on show space, booth assembly, travel, etc.)
     
  5. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    New England & South Florida
    None!
    None
    I was thinking about it - but the timing didn't work out for me this year - decided to do Miami instead.......oh well, i'll be down there anyway - I wonder if palm beach is still on for March?
     
  6. FastMarkA

    FastMarkA Active Member

    323
    Jul 12, 2010
    Chicago
    2015 Sunseeker Portofino 40
    Volvo Penta D6-330
    I just took a look at FLIBS' social media properties, and while there are two sides to every story, there seem to be a lot of folks disappointed with the show and its $55 ticket.

    Seems that there is undoubtedly a reduction in exhibitors, and from what I can gather, the more "affordable" boats and vendors are lacking.

    I'm sure the row of superyachts are still there (in fact I can see them on AIS), and from photos it seems the bigger European brands are on display, but if you're after a 20'-30' center console or cruiser, it might not be the place for you.

    I've never paid for FLIBS entry thanks to my broker, but I feel like $55 was the price last year with a full show.
     
  7. Air O'Nautical

    Air O'Nautical Well-Known Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Stamford CT
    1995 400EC. Raymarine E80,4kw dome, Garmin 235 gps,
    2013 7.4L Mercruiser Blue water.
    Hurth straight shaft 630's,
    Westerbeke 7.0 BCG
    Tickets are $35 and free parking at the galleria mall.
    I’ll go Sunday if the weather nice.
     
  8. Zach312

    Zach312 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    691
    Jan 23, 2011
    St. Paul, MN
    2008 Sea Ray 48 Sundancer
    Cummins QSC 540's
    We got in last night. Spent the last two days looking at Marlow and Nordhavn. We have never been to the show and since everything else in '21 is canceled I guess I am happy we are here.
     
  9. nealtrombley

    nealtrombley Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    139
    Apr 7, 2016
    Sw Fl Ft myers
    1988 Sea Ray Laguna
    2002 Sea Ray 410 Dancer
    2002 Yamaha 250OX66
    twin Cats 350hp
    Lots of quality traffic at FLIBS this year,, NMMA is being very cautious possible Insurance is making the decision easier
    As a person in the business that has attended 25Plus years in a row FLIBS and MIBS this has been a strange year
    you will still see super deals on boating items and electronics... black friday should be good this year.
     
  10. FastMarkA

    FastMarkA Active Member

    323
    Jul 12, 2010
    Chicago
    2015 Sunseeker Portofino 40
    Volvo Penta D6-330
    I agree.

    The exhibitors will still want to sell product, show or not.

    I daresay I begrudgingly have attended a few shows to get the rebate form stamped for the extra $200 off; in most cases, I would have much rather received the same discount while sitting in my PJs at home on the laptop. :D
     
  11. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    The brokers are playing it like it was a super show and sales, sales, sale....I'd sure like to know what's the true story....

    Are people still spending like there is no tomorrow?
     
  12. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    AB Ventus 9VL
    Looking for next big ride
    2019 Mercury 15 OB
    I’m personally looking for a Back Cove 37. They are in short supply on the used market, along with the 41. I talked to my dealer about a new one; their first available slot was for delivery in August 2021. The factory is going full-tilt.
     
  13. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    AB Ventus 9VL
    Looking for next big ride
    2019 Mercury 15 OB
    That would be awesome. I’m likely to be looking for a Garmin 8616.
     

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