Well...the docks are almost in place.  Later this week boats will start moving in to the Miami International Boat Show that opens Thursday February 16th.  I'm including photos of the Virginia Key Site from Saturday 2/4 where the new boat and equipment displays will be located.  The white display tents stretch over a half mile long just behind the old Miami Marine Stadium.

The view of the Miami Skyline from the Virginia Key location is Awesome!  And they cleaned up the old stadium grandstand a little this year.

And I'm told the Water Taxi issue should be much improved from last years show.  The Miami International Boat Show is spread out over 4 locations.  New Boats and equipment displays at Virginia Key.  The Mega Yacht Show at the new marina on Watson Island.  The Yachts Miami Beach Display in front of the Eden Roc Hotel along Collins Avenue.  AND the Sailboat show at Miamarina/Bayside.  The water taxi's are the only viable transportation between show sites as each display is miles away from the other.   

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Aside from Miami Boat Show preps underway.  This past Saturday was another "dead of winter" chilly February day for boating in South Florida... It was only 80 degrees.  I was surprised that no one was wearing long pants!

I think the people in the picture below may have consumed too much alcohol to realize their risk of frostbite!

For those of you at home with the heat on... Wouldn't you rather be doing this???

Anyone planning to visit South Florida this winter...make sure you go boating while you are here!  You'll be glad you did.

I think my favorite thing about boating is that I always find something worth checking out.  Everything from a still afloat old Elco 42...

All the way to the Mega Yacht owned by Dallas Mavericks Owner and Shark Tank Super Star Mark Cuban.

You never know what you're going to see while boating...Saturday's Sunset was really cool...

 Thanks for letting me share a tiny slice of South Florida Winter... 

Any time, brother Paul. (expecting more snow in NH tomorrow). but hey, our guys won the Super Bowl last night. What a game!

Paul, thanks for posting pics. I was wondering how it was coming together. I am heading down to help set-up and then work at the IMTRA marine products display during the Miami Show. Tent C, booth C340. Stop by if anyone is wandering the show and seeking shelter from the harsh Florida winter weather.

Paul, thanks for the pictures, have tickets in hand, and plan to attend the show Fri & Sat. Monday to Friday morning the wife and I are turning over the crew duties to Carnival. Last year was good, I am expecting this show to be better. Paul, I will stop by the Imtra booth and say hi. Dan Stokely

Paul I spend a lot of time down in Miami and would love to connect. I will be aboard the 100ft Cheoy Lee "Lady Pegasus" we have listed at the Miami show from Feb 14th- 22nd. Hope to connect. Would love to see your boat. 

Hi Hunter.  I will visit Yachts Miami Beach either Thursday or Friday...and will look you up.  Unfortunately,  I sold my 41 Commander almost a year and a half ago.  I am currently boatless.   Luckily,  I have friends with boats who have helped me not go bonkers yet...   

Hey Hunter...I'll be doing the yachts Miami Beach display today.  Hope to see you there.

Yo Hunter!  I was delighted to meet you.  I could talk old boats all day.  Never even got to the story about my old 27 Commander...  And would love to find out more about your bullnose 42.  I agree with you...the 27 Commander was one extraordinary little boat.     

I'd love to hear what you big-boat owners liked about the 27?

Hey Jim...what's not to like?  While a 31 Commander is the Holy Grail to me (owned 3 of them),  my 1966 27 express was the one boat I owned the longest, 8 years.  I preferred the single inboard model.  It was a mini-Commander in every respect.  I think 27s are super cool with the lowest ownership cost of anything out there. I could go on and on about how great they are!      

I agree totally. I'm so glad I found the one we have! Almost perfect for what we use it for, day trips in the river and to ocean beaches, and the occasional overnight at the marina. I want to add some fuel capacity so we can go a bit farther up and down the coast without having to worry about running out of gas. I lust after a 31, but as you said, the costs grow exponentially with a bigger boat.

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