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post #4 of Old 12-09-2009
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It is a very good show, especially if you like catamarans. If I compare it to Newport, its not quite as good, but only because its really spread out. The Strictly Sail portion of the Miami Boat show is a self-contained event, but is part of the much larger Miami Boat Show. The rest of the boat show is at two or three other locations, one large in-water exhibit, and one very large indoor exhibit. Your ticket to Strictly Sail will get you in to any of the venues, and free shuttle buses run continuously among the locations. If you just want to see sailboats, you never have to leave Strictly Sail (which has been located at Bayside Marketplace for the past several years, a nice outdoor mall). However, if you want to buy accessories, you will want to take a side trip to the Miami Beach Convention Center. That's where the indoor portion of the Miami Boat Show takes place. There are some vendors at Bayside, but the majority of the guys who sell binoculars, electronics, clothing, or anything that power boaters also use will be at the Convention Center. Enjoy.
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