That's a fine mess, indeed. Of course, the marine industry has created a way around it: "There is an exception for boat shows because they bring in so much revenue to the individual states who host the boat show, and also to the federal government," says Butler. "There is what is called a boat show bond, that's issued by U.S. Customs. Prior to the boat show, the owner can obtain a boat show bond, which lasts for six months. Typically in Florida, since the Ft. Lauderdale show, the Miami brokerage show, and the Palm Beach show are within a six-month period, most owners purchase the bond right before the Ft. Lauderdale show and that covers them for that six-month period."