Boaters' Paradise


The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opened yesterday, offering boat lovers a chance to see some of the newest vessels and gear to hit the market.

The show, which runs until Nov. 5, covers more than 3 million square feet of space at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach and Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, the Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Marina and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

More than 1,500 boats, including 8 miles of yachts, are on display, and attendance is expected to exceed 100,000.

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In addition to boats, show-goers can check out new electronics, gear and other equipment, and attend one (or more) of the many seminars offered.

Take the Helm, hosted by the Carefree Boat Club, is a hands-on training session for boaters of all experience levels. Courses include Basic Docking Skills, Anchoring and Multi-Vessel Rafting Techniques, Open Water Boat Handling Skills, Advanced Docking and Precision Boat Control, and Powerboating Made Easy.

If you can’t make it to the show, you’ll find some of the new boats making their debuts in Fort Lauderdale in the October issue of Soundings.