I spent five of the greatest years of my life in Marblehead, Mass., in the mid-1980s. During my stay there I finished my journalism degree, got married, worked in a boatyard, sailed, ate lobsters, tended bar and nailed down my first job at a newspaper.
But I was restless. Sailing had been my primary passion through my 20s, and I was burning to work for a boating magazine.
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is a feast for the senses, a nautical extravaganza unlike any other. Here’s a sampling of boats that’ll be part of the festivities.
It’s boating’s Super Bowl. The grand affair. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show stands out as one of the biggest marine events in North America, presenting a wide range of boats, from 10-foot dinghies to 200-foot superyachts. If you’re passionate about boats — and perhaps in the market for a new one — this is the show to attend.
The Fort Lauderdale boat show gets bigger this year with the addition of SeaFair, a 228-foot megayacht showcasing art, jewelry and collectibles paired with water-view fine dining.
Oil painting by Donald Demers
Don Demers was working on a little seascape, a painting of the Maine coast around Boothbay, with the sea, a tree-covered island and a picture-perfect sky. Then something happened.
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