Coming to Fort Lauderdale, "Yachting Capital of the World," for the 54th year in a row is the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on October 31 through Nov 4, 2013, at various Fort Lauderdale sites. Less than three weeks from now, organizers say they've welcomed visitors aboard with new and unique exhibits, revamped and bigger exhibit layouts, and more food and beverage options.
"We've picked up a lot more exhibitors this year," said Andrew Doole, a senior vice president with Show Management, the manager and producer of the 54th annual event. "From small-boat to midrange to superyacht, every segment has increased its presence at this year's show." A wide variety of boats and sea vessels will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts.
"We expect the 2013 show to be bigger than it's been in the last few years," said Mark Gatley, the convention center's general manager. Organizers say a certain head-turner this year will be SeaFair, a 228-foot, $40 million luxury "exhibition yacht" that will be docked at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center. SeaFair, which visits cities in Florida and elsewhere along the East Coast, will feature fine art and jewelry displays, and designs for yachts and homes in a club-like atmosphere. It will also offer a 120-seat restaurant and several cocktail lounges. The yacht will be the centerpiece of The Club at SeaFair, a venue sponsored by Yachts International magazine. The five-story yacht will host the show's kick-off parties, daily receptions and other events for special guests and VIPs.
Conveniently, the show's transportation network of bus shuttles, water taxis, and riverboats ensures attendees can easily navigate the boat show and its expansive waterways system, which covers six locations and over 3 million square feet of space.
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