Imagine it: about 3½ miles of docks filled with more than 1,400 boats from 10 to 100 feet length overall, surrounded by all the newest helm electronics, safety gear, water toys, fishing tackle and everything else you could even possibly imagine needing for a day of fun out on the water. That will be the scene at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, which is scheduled to run February 14-18 on Virginia Key, at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin. More than 500 exhibitors are signed up to participate, with land-based booths and in-water displays showcasing the latest marine products and technology.

And speaking of technology: New this year will be the Miami Connections App—available for download in the App Store and on Google Play—and big screens at the show, all displaying arrival and departure times for water taxis. The idea is to give show-goers more control over their time, with fewer minutes wasted standing in line for a water taxi (minutes that could be used to, say, check out just one more boat on the docks).

Which boats are expected to have the most buzz at the 2019 Miami International Boat Show? Let's find out.

Miami Boat Show 2019

With more than 1,400 boats present, you'll have a lot to look forward to—what are you most excited to see at this year's show? Photo Credit: Miami Boat Show.

New Releases

Rivera Yachts is hosting the premiere of its 72 Sports Motor Yacht, an enclosed-flybridge model with a sports-minded cockpit, a covered mezzanine, an aft galley on the main deck, and each owner’s choice of a three- or four-stateroom layout.

Technohull is expected to thrill the speed-loving crowd with its new Omega 45 flagship, which can be ordered with 300-, 350- or 400-HP engines—including a “radical” quad 400 HP package that reportedly will deliver a cruising speed of 55 MPH and a top speed faster than 85 MPH.

For those seeking more safety features, electronics manufacturer Raymarine and boatbuilder Prestige Yachts will be joining forces to show off the new Raymarine DockSense system aboard a Prestige 460. DockSense creates a zone around the boat that Raymarine calls a Virtual Bumper, with auto-correct steering and throttle commands to help the boat avoid hitting docks, pilings and more.

Boaters who love to cruise in the islands may want to check out the display from Aquila Power Catamarans, which will be hosting the debut of its Aquila 30 with Mercury Marine outboard engines and a wraparound swim platform for water access.

Scout Boats is bringing its new Scout 530 LXF to the Miami International Boat Show, with an interior by Fort Lauderdale-based Genesis Interiors. The idea is to combine an elegant interior of bleached oak woodwork, leather detailing and more with the go-anywhere cruising and fishing capabilities of a Scout build.

And for sailors, Hylas Yachts will have the new Hylas H48 on display. Created in collaboration with Dixon Yacht Design, the H48 is an ocean-ready cruiser that can be ordered with two or three staterooms and a host of semi-custom options.

Learn more by visiting the Miami Boat Show's official website, and be sure to read our Ultimate Boat Show Guide.

Written by: Kim Kavin
Kim Kavin is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer who specializes in marine travel. She is the author of 10 books including Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Vacations, and is editor of the online yacht vacation magazine