The 2015 Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show marked the exhibition’s 30th anniversary and featured more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers. The boat show now ranks among the top five in North America and this year welcomed some of the most globally renowned names in yachting. The four day event held in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida ran from 26th -29th March and was host to hundreds of boats from inflatables to power boats and fishing boats to superyachts over 200 foot in length from the world’s top yacht manufacturers.
In commemoration of the boat show’s 30th year, 2015 included some special features such as an all new AquaZone where guests were able to enjoy live paddleboard and kayak demonstrations in a 15,000 gallon freshwater pool. Elsewhere, the Palm Beach International Boat Show hosted state-of-the-art swimwear fitting boutiques, sport-fishing seminars and some of the world’s most remarkable contemporary yachts in circulation.
Among the list of impressive yachts present at the 2015 show, one of the most highly anticipated was M/Y PAPI DU PAPI. The 142 foot vessel is an Italian made production, featuring a sleek exterior designed by Andrea Vallicelli and constructed by Italian yacht builders ISA Yachts with a stunning interior design to match by Francesco Paszkowski.
M/Y PAPI DU PAPI is distinguished by an elegant double staircase that grants access to each of her four tiers and her five staterooms that provide accommodation for up to 12 guests. Having made her debut at the Monaco Yacht Show 2011, M/Y PAPI DU PAPI has since appeared at several other of the world’s most important boat shows, including the recent Miami International Boat Show 2015, just a few kilometres from the sister event at Palm Beach.
Owned and sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, the show serves as the marina’s headline event promoting the local thriving boat industry. According to an official economic report in 2014, Palm Beach County’s marine industry contributes more than $1.8 billion to the local area as well as 18,220 jobs. The show’s continued success and consistent ability to attract thousands of buyers and sellers from around the world is testament to Palm Beach’s rising influence in American yachting which now claims 36,852 registered boats.