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Sail away: 6 yacht shows to catch in 2017

You can’t deny the popularity of yachts these days. No longer a practical mode of transport, the affluent are turning to floating spectacles to unwind out at sea and for special occasions. To cater to this influx of demand, yacht shows are popping up all over the world.

In Singapore alone, more than 10 charter firms are now available for your private yachting needs; an exclusive gateway to the life of the rich and often, infamous. Now that the year is almost over, we bring you six of the best shows you need to catch in 2017. Don’t forget to bring your life savings (unless you can actually afford it).

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Miami International Boat Show 2017

When: 16 — 20 February 2017

Miami’s favourite boat show will return next year, only it has a new home: the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, instead of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Held over the President’s Day Weekend, the event will see more than 1,300 boats on land and in the water, while tented exhibit spaces will showcase marine accessories, electronics, nautical gifts and apparels. Guests will have the opportunity to attend on-the-water boating workshops, as well as fun activities such as paddle sports demonstrations.

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Dubai International Boat Show 2017

When: 28 February — 4 March 2017

Held at the prestigious Dubai International Marine Club in Mina Seyahi, this boat show is one for everyone, from yacht enthusiasts and diving fanatics to those who simply love being on the water. Besides live performances at the accompanying private beach, expect displays of diving equipment at the Dive Middle East Exhibition (DMEX) and stop by the Super Car Promenade for a chance to view some of the fastest, and rarest supercars that ever existed. After all, we’re talking about Dubai.

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Singapore Yacht Show 2017

When: 6 — 9 April 2017

Some of the yachting world’s finest will soon dock on local shores come April. Held for only three days, One DEGREE 15 Marina Club at Sentosa Cove will play host to the event, which celebrates every aspect of the high life. Besides yachts such as the Lady Candy and Sunreef Supreme, some of the biggest names in the supercar, fine-dining and timepiece industry will also be in attendance, perfect for an indulgent evening by the marina.

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China International Boat Show 2017

When: 26 — 29 April 2017

Already in its 22nd edition, the China International Boat Show is slated to show at a bigger venue next year — at the busy Shanghai New International Expo Centre. As the country’s longest established and most comprehensive one to date, the show will be home to 550 exhibitors, with 38 new boat models set to be launched there. In addition to yacht and boats, you can also expect maritime equipment and luxury lifestyle goods, from jewellery and artworks to high-end furniture and even automobiles. Water sports enthusiasts will also find plenty of toys for their next venture out to sea.

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Monaco Yacht Show 2017

When: 27 — 30 September 2017

The iconic Port Hercules of the Principality of Monaco has been home to the Monaco Yacht Show since its establishment in 1991, and has been the quintessential show on every yacht lover’s and buyer’s itinerary yearly. Next year will see 125 super yachts and 40 luxury tenders at the event, making it one of the biggest in the industry.

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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2017

When: To be announced

As the “Yachting Capital of the World”, Fort Lauderdale’s International Boat Show is one of the most anticipated by owners and enthusiasts all over the world. The picturesque city on Florida’s southeastern coast is known for its vast expense of beaches and boating canals, and lined with outdoor restaurants, bars and luxury hotels, making it the perfect spot. 2016’s edition — the 57th show to date — saw a wide variety of boats on display, including sportfishes, cabin cruisers, sailing and motor yachts, catamarans and of course, superyachts.

Sail away: 6 yacht shows to catch in 2017

Shatricia Nair

Managing Editor

Shatricia Nair has a passion for motoring, beauty, and wellness, and is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, retinols, and latest fitness trends. She has nine years of experience writing for digital media, and her bylines have appeared in Prestige, and Augustman. She'll do (almost) anything for good chocolate chip cookies.

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