Skip to main content

The Show Goes On in Miami and France

The Miami show is a great venue for multihulls

The Miami show is a great venue for multihulls

If you’re looking for a new boat this winter, you should start making travel arrangements to visit one or both of the best displays of new multihulls in the world.

Although it’s not billed as a multihull show, February’s Miami International Boat Show has become probably the best venue in North America to check out the latest offerings from the world’s catamaran builders. Over the last 10 years, the ratio of cats to monohulls has increased dramatically, and along with the Annapolis show in October it has become an essential showcase for builders. Each show sees several new models debut, and there is plenty of opportunity for test sailing after the event.

It doesn’t hurt that southern Florida is ideal multihull country, and its proximity to the Caribbean islands and growing markets in Central America is another bonus—as is the February warmth that attracts hundreds of visitors from the frigid North.

If you want to scope out boats in a more exotic setting, you shouldn’t miss the world’s sole multihull-only show—the International Multihull Boat Show in La Grande Motte, France. If anything, this show, now in its 11th year, is an even better bet than Miami if you’re a serious boat buyer, as it attracts a more focused crowd, making it easier to get face time with the builders and designers.

La Grande Motte is on the Mediterranean coast, near Montpellier airport. Access is easy by air or train, and for international visitors there is the attraction of spending a few extra days sampling the culinary delights of the region or heading to Paris, just a few hours away by TGV.

Walking the docks, you hear a dozen languages spoken, with visitors coming from all over the world and a much wider selection of brands than you’ll see at any show in North America.

The Miami International Boat Show (miamiboatshow.com) is held at Virginia Key, Florida, from February 13-17. The International Multihull Boat Show (multicoque-online.com) is held in La Grande Motte, France, from April 15-19. 

MHS Winter 2019

Related

Alexforbes Archangel1-1 (14)

Cape2Rio Draws to a Close

With just four boats still on their way, it has been a long road to Rio for the fleet competing in this year’s Cape2Rio. Larry Folsom’s American-flagged Balance 526 Nohri took line honors and a win in the MORCA fleet, finishing with a corrected time of 18 days, 20 hours, and 42 ...read more

_01-Steve-and-Irene-1

Close Encounters: A Star to Steer By

I first met Steve and Irene Macek in the proper way—in an anchorage full of bluewater cruising boats. This was in St. Georges, Bermuda, in the spring of 2019. Theirs, without doubt, was the most distinctive boat there—an immaculate, three-masted, double-ended Marco Polo schooner ...read more

14_01_230123_TOR_JOF_0414-2048x

The Ocean Race Leg 2 Kicks Off

After a trial by fire start to the race and only a brief stop for limited fixes, the five IMOCA 60 crews in The Ocean Race set off for Cape Town, South Africa, early on January 25. Despite arriving somewhat battered in Cabo Verde, an African island nation west of Senegal, the ...read more

Lead

Cruising: Smitten with a Wooden Boat

I was sailing down the inner channel of Marina del Rey under a beautiful red sunset when Nills, one of the crew members on my boat, pointed out an unusual and unique-looking 40-foot gaff-rigged wooden cutter tied to the end of a dock. Its classic appearance was a stark contrast ...read more

Screen-Shot-2023-01-23-at-12.03.19-PM

Racing Recap: Leg One of The Ocean Race

New to spectating The Ocean Race? Managing Editor Lydia Mullan breaks down everything you need to know to get started. ...read more

image00001

From the Editor: Keeping the Hands in Hands-On

SAIL Editor-in-Chief Wendy Mitman Clarke enjoys a sunny autumn cruise in her Peterson 34 on the Chesapeake Bay. It was late afternoon just after the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis when I climbed aboard the last boat on the schedule. I and others who review and sail boats for ...read more

P1580711

B&G Announces New Zeus S Chartplotter

B&G has long been putting out top-of-the-line electronics, but the new Zeus S Chartplotter is a new take on the best way to give sailors the exact information they need, when they need it. “So many more people sail shorthanded these days, whether as a couple or when they’re ...read more

00-LEAD-DSCF1601

Charter: Mission to Mars

In the wake of the pandemic, many sailors are seeking adventure and grabbing onto a vision of their best lives. For some, that may mean sailing across the Atlantic with the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) while for others, it could be a yacht charter in the Caribbean. The ...read more