It’s hard to believe that Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the “Venice of America,” wasn’t really developed until the 1920s. Now the capital of yachting in the United States, and arguably the world, Fort Lauderdale beckons the avid boater with about 300 miles of navigable waterways, and 23 miles of Atlantic coastline. So, it’s natural that this city with a human population of roughly 150,000 — and a boat population of 40,000! — is home to one of the premiere boat shows in the world, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
This year marks the 51st Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which runs from October 28 to November 1, 2010. Covering more than 3 million square feet of space across five locations, the show’s transportation network of bus shuttles and water taxis is designed to help attendees travel between sites.
Exhibitors include yacht builders and designers, electronics manufacturers, refrigeration, generator, and engine dealers…You name it, if it belongs in a boat, it’s here. There are brokerage yachts on display for those in the market for used vessels and the show is an excellent place to pick up runabouts, and dinghies, or talk to someone about financing that pretty boat that just caught your eye.
Even if you’re not in the market for a yacht right now, the FLIBS is a great family day out. There are diving clinics, as well as fishing clinics for parents and kids. For more information, go to www.showmanagement.com.