Scenes from the 2016 Miami International Boat Show

SF commissioned professional photographer Jason Arnold to snap a few photos of scenes that caught his attention at MIBS in its brand-new location on Miami’s Virginia Key, and these 16 images are the result.

MIBS 2016: A New Backdrop
MIBS 2016: A New Backdrop
The skyline of downtown Miami looms behind rows and rows of docked boats during the 2016 Miami International Boat Show at the Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key.Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)
Iconic Relic
Iconic Relic
The old Miami Marine Stadium stands as an iconic relic in the midst of the boat show venue.Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)
The State of an Historic Structure
The State of an Historic Structure
While an active campaign to save the historic Miami Marine Stadium could see the iconic structure restored for future boat shows, so far it remains as for decades, unused and unusable, serving mostly as a palette for graffiti taggers.Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)

IN MOVING THE MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW FROM MIAMI BEACH TO VIRGINIA KEY, MANAGERS FACED ONE OF THE GREATEST CHALLENGES IN THE HISTORY OF THE EVENT.

In the Early Hours
In the Early Hours
Early on the morning of the show's opening day, the docks housing hundreds of boats sure to have anglers salivating are not yet swarming with show-goers as they'll soon be.Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)
The Spirit of Hemingway
The Spirit of Hemingway
A replica of Hemingway's boat, Pilar, adds some fundamental fishing history to docks filled with some of the fastest, most advanced fishing boats on the market.Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)
Under the Big Top
Under the Big Top
Replacing the Miami Beach Convention Center, that for decades housed the boat show, were huge tents. Here, folks stroll one of the marine accessory tents.Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)
Some Boats Look Fast Even When Sitting Still
Some Boats Look Fast Even When Sitting Still
Barker Boatworks' 26 Open bay boat powered by Seven Marine's 627 may be the fastest bay boat on the market.Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)
In the Marine Electronics Tent
In the Marine Electronics Tent
Checking out the Humminbird display, one of many other major marine electronics manufacturers represented at the show.Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)
Packed in Tight
Packed in Tight
Boats were lined up tight as sardines in a can along the docks put in at Virginia Key for the show. Here, in a short space — in front of part of Miami's skyline showing crystal clear in the bluebird morning — are many boat types including a cuddy, center consoles in monohulls and a catamaran, and a bay boat.Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)
Center Consoles Get Serious
Center Consoles Get Serious
While there were plenty of excellent smaller, single- and twin-engine center consoles at the show, boat builders are adding larger and more powerful boat packages to their lines. This 45-footer boasts 1,600 horses from a quad Mercury Verado setup.Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)
Walking the Docks
Walking the Docks
What seemed like miles of docks had been put in place to host hundreds of new boats, many available to test drive.Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)
Empty Docks
Empty Docks
The sun breaks through the clouds behind an Invincible 42 in the early hours before the show opens.Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)
I See Dead People
I See Dead People
It only appears, thanks to a slow shutter speed, that ghosts stalked the aisles of the boat show in a tent where standup paddleboards, kayaks and inflatables were on display.Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)
The Smiling Artist
The Smiling Artist
Marine artist K.C. Scott, whose work is displayed on much of Huk's apparel (and who has been featured by Sport Fishing) is all smiles at his booth in a marine accessories tent.Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)
An Inventor's Pride
An Inventor's Pride
Troy Faletra, inventor of the Throw Raft, shows off the first inflatable and throwable Coast Guard-approved flotation device.Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com_)
Undisturbed shoreline
Undisturbed Shoreline
Given environmental concerns, the boat show's promoters worked diligently to avoid any damage to Virginia Key's mangrove-lined shores.Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)