Boat shows underway in So. Fla.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- One of the biggest events in South Florida is underway. Boats of every shape and size have taken center stage and like every year, they're ready to draw a huge crowd.
Three fabulous floors of fun and formable luxury. Onyx bar tops, mahogany paneling and high tech toys are all included in one of the luxury yachts at the Yacht and Brokerage Show. "It's 150 feet," said Captain Jason Tellinghuisen. "It's a tri-decker."
In the ten-person dining room you can set the mood and you can also set the music. "This is a touch lighting system," said Tellinghuisen, "where you can control all the different mood lighting on here."
But the real party happens one deck up. "This is the sky lounge here," said Tellinghuisen. "This is the second salon." The sky lounge includes a sitting area, card table, wine cooler and yellow onyx bar that opens up to an outdoor deck. "This is where the wild stuff happens," said Tellinghuisen.
If you want more wild in your weekend at sea, way up, things get wet. "The focal point is the hot tub that we have up here," said Tellinghuisen. Then there are the toys, tenders, personal water crafts, and personalized towels for when you're all done. I
It's exhilarating exhausting, but when exploring the wood panels and marbles halls, you'll find five state rooms with on-suite heads - that's bathrooms for you non-boaters.
You don't have to worry about the clean up. The staff of eight will take care of those details.
There are hundreds of boats just like Carpe Diem. More than 500 yachts, 30 to 200-feet priced from $250,000 to more than $60 million all at the Yacht and Brokerage Show along the Intercoastal.
But it's not the only show in town, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Miami International Boat Show, also displayed some eye-catching boats. "You've got drawer refrigerators," said Tiara Yachts Vice President George Herzel, "Just like you'd have at your home."
There are also hair-raising, howling cigarette speedboats.
Mega yachts and stylish speedboats are all under one roof but if you want something that's not that much of a gas guzzler, you've got to head outside.
Outside to the MIA Marina at Bayside to be exact. "People are looking for ways to get outside and go sailing or go boating where they don't have to spend so much on gas," said Strictly Sailing Boat Show Manager Kevin Murphy.
How about a wind-powered sailboat? A Beneteau Oceanis will cost you $700 thousand but you'll save on the gas.
The Carpe Diem is being sold for $15.5 million. Daily gas for the mega yachts will cost you about $10,000.
Both shows open up Thursday. The Yacht and Brokerage Show is free to the public. The Miami International Boat Show has a small fee.
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