Each year in mid-February Miami becomes the boating capital of the world during the Miami International Boat Show, “an annual can’t-miss nautical showcase known as the five biggest days in boating,” as Carl Blackwell, President of Discover Boating, the lifestyle hub for all things boating and life on the water, puts it.
With more than 1,400 boats on display and 3.5 miles of docks hosting 100,000 attendees, “this is the venue for new boating tech and design innovations, as well as hundreds of product launches and debuts of the latest in boats, engines and marine gear from around the world,” Blackwell notes,
The whole shebang spans 90 acres with demo docks featuring 200-plus vessels available for sea trials, meaning you can try before you buy. We checked out this year’s show in person and scoped out the five coolest boats on display, which can easily run $1 million-plus. Here’s the scoop:
A true work of art, Adrenaline’s ZRX47 Carbon Series features an all carbon fiber epoxy-infused build with twin Mercury racing 1100 turbo engines and comes in at 47 feet in length. Reaching top speeds of 135 mph, the ZRX47 includes fully-designed and developed in-house touchscreen controls exclusive to Adrenaline, allowing for intuitive touch screen interaction with all boat functions. The vessel is also equipped with a full cabin including access from the tilt up center console and forward entertainment hatch. MSRP starting at $1 million
A Miami boating staple and local South Florida manufacturer, Cigarette Racing Team kicked off its 50th Anniversary celebration with a trio of exquisite new creations. Powered by six Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines for an eye-popping total output of 2,400 hp, the largest is the 59-ft. Tirranna, “equal parts luxury sport yacht and performance-oriented super console.” The design includes skylights created by glass panels mounted on a carbon fiber structure, LED lighting, and a Poltrona Frau leather-finished interior. It can reach a top speed of 72 mph – impressive for its 40,000 pounds. Price upon request
The brand new Midnight Express 60′ Pied-A-Mer is a center console game changer. With 60 feet of fiberglass, it offers completely customizable design and power options. Integrated sun loungers, pop-up tables and a full captain’s helm, along with a cabin including twin 30-foot long master suites, a full couch and galley, provide plenty of choices for personalized finishes and layouts. The 60′ Pied-A-Mer reaches speeds of 70+ mph when powered by four 627 hp outboard motors, and inboard diesel options matted with surface drives can bring speeds well into the 90 mph range. MSRP starting at $2 million
Technohull’s flagship Omega 45 is a performance luxury mega rigid-inflatable boat that combines the concepts of versatility, performance, high quality details and finishes all in a single model. Cutting-edge technology meet comfort and design with a modern center console sheltered by a T-top that protects the four wrap-around shockproof seats and a full wide gunwale over the tubes decorated with high quality, sleek teak wood. Made in Greece, Omega 45 reaches top speeds that can exceed 90 mph and a has a cruising speed of 60+ mph, with a length of 45 feet. Price upon request
Mystic Powerboats, located in DeLand, FL, has been producing the finest offshore powerboats for more than 25 years and is known for the fastest offshore catamarans on Earth with multiple boats exceeding a 200-mph top speed. Its new C3800, with a top speed of 100+ mph with Mercury Racing 400R engines and a 38-foot hull, is its first outboard-powered offshore catamaran and features the fantastic handling and ride characteristics of its racing catamarans with the reliability of Mercury Racing outboard engines. MSRP starting at $493,000