Riding The Wave: Largest Yachts at 2022 Miami Boat Show

By Heather Collier

In just a matter of days, Miami will be at the centre of the world stage once again for its annual International Boat Show. After its cancellation due to the ongoing global health crisis, Informa Market have announced that the event will now lie in situ with the Miami Yacht Show.

2022 will see its first ever collaborative show, where visitors will have over 1,000 exhibitors and hundreds of exciting interactive experiences to choose from over the course of the five-day extravaganza. “We are thrilled to offer our guests the largest boating and yachting event in the world, right here in Miami where it all began over 80 years ago,” said Andrew Doole, President of U.S. Boat Shows for Informa Markets.

Historically, the Miami International Boat Show and Miami Yacht Show has continued to be a major marine event in Greater Miami and Miami Beach, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to South Florida and generating an estimated combined annual economic impact of $1.34 billion.

Hosted predominantly in the stunning Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach Convention Centre, the show is back and bigger than ever. If you want to explore the event in ultimate style, you’ll be able to indulge in a collection of experiential boating lifestyle activations, entertainment, innovative cuisine, special activity zones, and a marine accessory pavilion. Additional venues for the show in Miami Beach include Pride Park, across the street from the Convention Centre, as well as One Herald Plaza, Island Gardens Deep and Harbour Sea Isle Marina.

One of the main spectacles that cannot be missed is the world-renowned SuperYacht Miami which showcases the largest vessels on display at the show. Dedicated exclusively to the largest and most opulent yachts, Superyacht Miami provides an unparalleled luxury experience, providing each guest with the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most luxurious world-class superyachts, including some exciting debuts from around the globe.

Some of the superyachts attending are Damen Yachting’s 55M Gene Chaser, 55M Gene Machine and IYC’S 50M Thunder. 

Gene Chaser and Gene Machine

Gene Chaser and Gene Machine, dubbed the “floating laboratories”, were revealed to have been built specifically for specialist scientists to undergo ground-breaking research. As Dr Jonathan Rothberg puts it, “to feed, fuel, and heal the world.”

It’s easy to spot Gene Chaser with its signature axe bow, large open deck and eye-catching symbols that mirror the nameplate on the side of Gene Machine. With their custom fleet colours, both vessels boast a stunning combination of design, technology, and science, and ultimately a huge milestone for Damen’s portfolio.


IYC’s Thunder more than lives up to its name. This impressive jet-powered superyacht built in Australia by Oceanfast was commissioned by iconic Italian designer Robert Cavalli and refuses to shy away from flamboyance.  “She’s now in amazing condition and ready for her next adventures,” says Mark Elliott, broker with IYC which has just listed her for sale at $8.8 million. With a surreal Alice in Wonderland interior, each guest will feel as mad as a hatter as they teeter on the edge of fantasy.

Cloud Yachts' NFT Superyachts

But that’s not all – this year’s show continues to welcome new twists and turns as Cloud Yachts has announced it is releasing a collection of NFT yachts exclusively for the show. Cloud Yachts, a digital yacht dealer, has joined forces with the world’s top superyacht designers to release NFT art collections. Contributing designers include Bannenberg & Rowell, Gregory C. Marshall, David Weiss, and Marco Casali.

Zach Mandelstein first founded Cloud Yachts in the heart of Silicon Valley and has been recognised as the first ever digital yacht dealer in the metaverse. Cloud Yachts will be releasing a limited series of 125 of NFTs which are expected to be rapidly snatched off the market.

NFT (non-fungible tokens) art, contain individual digital identifiers that cannot be copied, substituted, or subdivided; an NFT is recorded on a blockchain, which is used to certify the authenticity and ownership of a specific digital asset. In terms of character, each yacht is guaranteed to unlike any other in the world.

With Burgess’ recent sale of their 40.2M Benetti motor yacht ORYX, bought entirely using BitPay, it comes as no surprise that cryptocurrency and new technology are barging their way to the forefront and beginning to transform the future of the yachting industry.

After partnering with premium brands, owners of Cloud Yachts NFTs will be pleased to know that they will receive VIP access to exclusive events in the superyacht community including yacht shows, super yacht parties and other world-class benefits that ordinarily would not be possible without making such a purchase.

Additionally, a 63M new-build project will also be available for purchase as an NFT. Award-winning naval architect Gregory Marshall is pioneering the project, making it the first NFT superyacht priced at around 95 million USD or 30,148 ETH. Each client will be able to customise their superyacht to their own desires in the metaverse using the first-of-its-kind augmented reality technology.

Informa Market has proven its aims to capture a balance of opulence and grandiosity, whilst also demonstrating the monumental scientific and humanitarian projects that can be achieved onboard the likes of Gene Chaser and Gene Machine, along with ground-breaking new technologies that are reshaping the future of deals and partnerships.

If one thing is for certain, Miami is committed to evolving with the times.

The 2022 Miami International Boat Show will take place between the 16th and 20th of February. We look forward to its unveiling.

"“We are thrilled to offer our guests the largest boating and yachting event in the world, right here in Miami where it all began over 80 years ago.”"

Andrew Doole, President of U.S. Boat Shows for Informa Markets.


"“We are thrilled to offer our guests the largest boating and yachting event in the world, right here in Miami where it all began over 80 years ago.”"

Andrew Doole, President of U.S. Boat Shows for Informa Markets.
By Heather Collier
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