Virtual Palm Beach International Boat Show
View of West Palm Beach downtown waterfront marina near the usual site for the PBIBS every year (Photo Pedro Penalver, WPB Magazine)

No music, no sports, no festivals…

Since March, this has been the new normal in the world as public events from music festivals to sports contests to conferences have been canceled due to the coronavirus disease outbreak. The closures were needed in order to contain the virus.

But as businesses are adapting and for the first time in the Palm Beach Internation Boat show’s 35 year history, the show is moving off the docks and on to digital screens.

As one of the top five boat shows in the country, the now Virtual Palm Beach International Boat Show will feature nearly 450 exhibitors and more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts and accessories, setting the stage for one of the largest virtual boat shows.

To register, visit www.virtualpbboatshow.com. Visitor registration is free.

The Virtual Palm Beach International Boat Show will launch May 14 and exhibitors will showcase the most exciting new boats and the latest in cutting-edge marine gear and technology. Products range from the latest boat models and the most extraordinary yachts and superyachts to stand-up paddleboards and inflatables.

The PBIBS has an extremely engaged following with a large audience of passionate marine enthusiasts during its 35 years of consecutive shows. But due to safety concerns and the latest restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers could not proceed with the live event. While the show will no longer take place in its original form, “we wanted to provide our loyal audience the opportunity to still experience the boat show, albeit virtually,” said George Gentile, President of the Marina Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc.

Through the Virtual Palm Beach International Boat Show, viewers will be able to “shop” for the best in marine gear to kick-off their summer as well as tour hundreds of new and used boats while connecting directly with brokers and manufacturers. To help viewers navigate the show, a virtual shopping guide will be available listing exhibitors by category such as Yachts, Trawlers / Down East, Cruisers, Center Consoles, Sport Fishers, etc.

The show will also feature enhanced video content, including hundreds of video walk-throughs highlighting new products, as well as educational videos and web-seminars led by industry experts, including the youth fishing clinics by Hook The Future and IGFA School of Sportfishing seminars.

Virtual Palm Beach International Boat Show