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2021 Palm Beach Boat Show...

Discussion in 'Boat Shows & Yacht Watching' started by YachtForums, Mar 9, 2021.

  1. YachtForums

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    The 2021 Palm Beach Show starts March 25th - 2 weeks from now.

    As I run errands around the Palm Beach and Martin County areas, it's hard to believe we're in the midst of a pandemic. Restaurants and bars are packed. It's not a stretch to predict the PB show will have a decent turnout. If nothing else, the see & be seen crowd (aka: the credit questionable) will be in attendance.

    I'm still a few weeks away from getting vaccinated. Hate to put a year of isolation at risk to attend a boat show.

    I'm not going. Are you?
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  2. AnotherKen

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    Nope, I don't normally go anyhow. I just like to see the pictures shared here by the people who do go :)

    If nobody goes, I don't mind. It might be not be responsible to go there this year.
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  3. NYCAP123

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    I got my first shot yesterday. What a long frustrating journey. Won't be there, but wouldn't be anyway. At this point very few will get sick out of ignorance. So if it's ok by them it's ok with me. Shot or no shot I'm staying safe though. 2021 will be baby steps. I'm glad to see people making a living though. Hopefully they can do it safely.
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  4. captainwjm

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    We’re vaccinated but won’t attend. Just not ready to accept the idea that it’s ok to be in crowds. Maybe we’ll be ready for FLIBS.
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    There are certain areas that I find disgusting right now in the blatant disregard for the health and safety of their fellow citizens. South Florida is one of those areas. Spring Break is in full force. It worries me greatly as I think of our employees and the risks but we'll continue to enforce compliance with masks and distancing and temperature checks and then just hope we can continue to avoid major problems. While we're boating now in the Bahamas, we won't consider public gatherings such as a boat show. We feel so much safer in the Bahamas than in South Florida right now.
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    Wife and I have had both vaccine shots. Feel pretty safe now, at least fairly confident I'll survive a bout with Covid. So odds are I'll get to the show. I enjoy looking at new boat models and revisiting boats I'm partial to.

    The return to some sort of "normality" has been wonderful -- dinner at restaurants with friends, raft-ups with members of a local YC, flights booked to see grandkids we haven't hugged for more than a year -- just great.
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    Just be careful. It's not over by a long shot. There's still thousands dying and being hospitalized every day. A lot of politicians (and probably the CDC) are caving to economic and political pressures. We still DK how effective the vaccine is against the different strains nor how long it lasts. For us this next year (once wife and I have both shots) will be a series of baby steps, lunch out with the wife in an uncrowded restaurant, road trips, vaccinated friends over with distancing, etc. DK if I'll ever feel comfortable in a crowd again, but I never much liked crowds anyway. Hug and kiss greetings are gone, but then it was never the hot young thing that wanted to hug anyway. It's always the old lady with too much makeup and perfume so Covid makes a good excuse.:rolleyes:
  8. Pascal

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    Glad the Palm Beach show is on.

    as to the fear mongers... we ve both had the red flu last year, pretty much everybody I know got it as well. Unpleasant but no reason to stop living. Those at risk because of age or medical conditions are another story and indeed should take precautions.
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    Unfortunately it has been a reason to stop living for more than a half-million people and millions more hospitalized in this country alone, and that's people of all ages with or without medical conditions, etc. I know several people who have had mild cases, and good for them. I also have a friend who had 7 people in his office die from it. Personally dying from this scares the c--p out of me because of how you go, but whether it scares you or not only a fool doesn't take precautions against known dangers. I too am happy to see the show on and hope they'll be successful, but I hope they and the attendees will be smart and responsible and take appropriate precautions. The one good thing is that most of the people who get sick or die from Covid these days will have brought it on themselves. So their deaths will just amuse me.
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    Changed my mind. After watching news coverage this morning of spring break activities in So. Florida I wouldn't go anywhere near Florida, especially for any kind of gathering. I have no faith this show will be handled safely.
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    Thank You, one less New Yorker we have to deal with.

    Feel free to hide under your bed wearing your double masks listening to fake news on main stream media.

    Maybe your buddy Cuomo will reserve a bed for you in one of his nursing homes.
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  12. Pascal

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    Yeah... the wild ones twerking on top cars in the middle of streets are mostly your fellow new Yorkers and various other inner cities resident from Chicago, Baltimore etc. cops are afraid to do anything and loose their jobs
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    For better or for worse, S. FL has become a diverse demographic. You can find me at the front of the complaint department line when it comes to rude, inconsiderate, self-absorbed types, but it's not necessarily from a specific geo-local. S. FL has its share of natives that are short on manners too.

    Yesterday I was in the grocery store eyeing a pint of ice cream inside a freezer door. I always stand back so others can pass by, but inevitably someone will stop right in front of me, as if I'm invisible, blocking my decision between super-fudge chunk or cookie dough. I generally smile and wait for the oblivious to move along but part of me is wishing them an early transmission failure.

    Let's all be respectful of fellow forum members. In a world divided, we share a common interest.
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    I know of several manufacturers that will be in the show. I am running a yacht to the show. I never attend boat shows unless a customer asks me to accompany them. I see all of the yachts I ever want to see before they get to the show........
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    You betcha, I'm going. I have, as they say, had the jab and I'm rarin' to see the show. In the absence of Miami, I think this is going to be a great show. That said, I'm not stupid and I don't believe Covid is a hoax. I'm going to follow all the mask and distancing protocols, and just stay away from any crowds. I have a quote on my bulletin board: "I don't like how my chances of survival are linked to the common sense of others". That goes for a lot of things in life besides boatshows, and it works.
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    I went and it was awesome! It was amazing to see so many people who already had their vaccine out and about enjoying life and not governed by fear.
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    I would venture to guess half those people weren't vaccinated. They weren't old enough to qualify for a shot yet.

    I walked the docks with Tom Serio on Friday and it was busy. The show had a smaller footprint this year so it made the docks look busier than a normal size PB show. Attendance was probably less than previous years, but considering we are still in the midst of a pandemic, the turnout was quite good.

    It was a warm show for March. Highs in the mid-80s. With long pants, long sleeves and a mask, it felt much warmer. There is no question Florida's winter season is getting shorter.
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    We did a float by viewing and with the reduced space, it was definitely busy. I do fear the covid cases resulting as distancing and masks were not being practiced by all. Obviously nothing like the beaches and bars however. There likely would have been a larger show, but several brokers simply had nothing to show. Attendance down but still impressive in the circumstances. I think there was a lot of built up desire to attend a boat show, any boat show. Now, translating that to business, my initial conversations indicate, for good reason, not a big show for sales. First, boat show sales are always publicly exaggerated. Second, the available inventory of boats for immediate delivery is low due to the very good sales over the past year and the reduced production. Third, those who haven't bought already are hesitant right now. Basically, those inclined to spend, did so. Those hesitant remain hesitant.

    Still I think it would be labeled a successful show.
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    Agreed. A contributing factor was the number of out-of-state attendees that came down to Florida this year because their own states are still in lockdown. I would be interested in seeing attendance numbers for the show. I just looked at the AdminCP for YF and our attendance during the PB show was about 20,000 visitors a day; normal for this time of year. We float up around 30,000 daily in the summer months.
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    my wife and I attended Friday and I never felt at risk it was a reasonable crowd but having just bought a boat I was able to make a few purchases prior to my trip North to VA.. I thought it was light enough Crowd and people were generally careful never felt at risk...lots of nice boats.....and of course the necessary accessories...