On March 26-29, an armada of the latest and greatest in the boating world will be setting anchor along Flagler Blvd. for the thirtieth annual Palm Beach International Boat Show. From inflatable dignhies to superyachts, and just about every other seafaring vessel in between, the tranquil Intracoastal Waterway and the streets of downtown West Palm Beach will play host to more than a billion dollars in boats on display.
Hosted by Show Management—the same group behind the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, considered one of the best boat shows in the world—PBIBS ranks as one of the top five international boat shows. Attracting the biggest names in the industry, from boat builders to boating accessories, the show acts as a stage to show off the latest designs, technological development breakthroughs and products dedicated to the boating life.
More than 200 boat manufactures will be on hand this year, while hundreds of exhibitors—boater services, fabrication, accessories, construction material, publications, fashion and more—will dot the stretch of Flagler Avenue and the floating docks bobbing in the Intracoastal. This will amount to nearly 600 boats for perspective buyers and boater enthusiasts to drool over. To celebrate 30 years of the boating lifestyle in Palm Beach County, we’re giving a shout out to a couple local boat builders that will be on display at the Palm Beach International Boat Show. So be sure to check them out as you peruse all that floating horsepower.
- The Palm Beach International Boat Show will March 26, 12-7 p.m.; March 27-28, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; March 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission costs $20 for adults, $10 for kids. For more information, click here.
Albury Brothers Boats | Land 105-106 and 763-764
The Albury family has been in the business of building boats for generations in Man O’War Cay, Abacoa. From the smacks, sloops and schooners of the 1950s, to the outboard runabouts and center consoles of today, Albury Brother Boats are designed for the very waters we call home. Moving main production from the Bahamas to Riviera Beach in 2003, the vessels coming from the Florida boat yard still maintain the same handcrafted quality instilled by Willard Albury back in 1952.
For the Palm Beach International Boat Show, Albury Brothers will have two boats on display: their 27’ and 33’ offerings. The 27’ center console (pictured above) boat is a true open-fishing beaute, with a hull shape based off their iconic 23-foot superstar. Topping out at 53mph when rocking twin 250s, the handcrafted hull offers superb stability and ability to hold the plane, even when cruising at a mere 17mph.
Boosting the hull of the 27 footer, the 33’ behemoth, Albury Brothers largest sea-whip, is another center console cruiser that was designed for performance and comfort in mind. The 11-foot beam gives this boat plenty of room, for storage, seating, and movement—there is plenty of space for people and their stuff.
Photo provided by Albury Brothers
Bahama Boat Works | Land 728
Don’t let the name fool you, the sportfishing monsters from Bahama Boat Works are born and raised right here in West Palm Beach. Designed for performance, speed and comfort, Bahama Boats are a thing of true beauty, with every piece, part and component meticulously over-thought and over-engineered—from pop-up bow cleats and blind fasteners to the vinylester resin matrix, when stepping aboard one of these center console missiles, one can see the painstaking work that went into the design and construction of these boats.
For the off shore fisherman looking for speed and performance, Bahama will have their massive B41 on display at this year’s boat show. Weighing in at 41’3” long, 11’ beam, 9,500 lbs, an engines-up draft of 1’11”, and an engine capacity of up to 1700 HP, just looking at the B41, even when stationary, screams speed. Ample deck space makes this as functional a sportfishing boat as it is an engineering marvel. Simply put, this is rocket is the Ferarri of fishing world.