Hosted by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, the event typically draws about 40,000 visitors and generates an estimated $15 million. But for all the vendors camped out at the boat show along Flagler Drive, it's just a game of waiting and seeing whether the local boating community is willing to spend money for their boats.
Tents will cover 100,000 square feet to house everything from boat accessories to cars, clothing, jewelry, home goods and fishing equipment. Exhibitors are expected from all over the world, including China and Europe. The middle yacht below is called "Never Enough".
There's a waiting list for exhibitors, some of which have been hoping for years to get into the show, said Emily Schaper of Haber & Quinn Inc., a public relations firm in Fort Lauderdale.
The showcase vessel will be the Casino Royale, a $38.5 million yacht designed with James Bond in mind. It includes frosted-glass panels etched with the silhouettes of Bond girls lighted by LEDs on the central staircase, a handcrafted marble roulette wheel in the deck of the main salon and a figure of Vesper Lynd, the fictional heroine from the 2006 Casino Royale movie.