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Walk the docks at the Lauderdale boat show

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The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Oct. 27-31 will feature a larger lineup of big catamarans this year than it has had in previous shows, says Show Management, organizer of the annual fall event.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Oct. 27-31 will feature a larger lineup of big catamarans this year than it has had in previous shows, says Show Management, organizer of the annual fall event.

By popular demand, Cats at Las Olas, the catamaran show at the Las Olas Marina, will be bigger than ever, with both power and sail catamarans 37 to 80 feet, organizers say. At the nearby Hall of Fame Marina, the phalanx of luxury superyachts and brokerage yachts will be flanked landside by a display of “million-dollar” exotic cars.

Megayachts, the show’s eye catchers, will include Trinity Yachts’ 180-foot Mia Elise, a 165- and 154-foot sailing yacht by Perini Navi, the 156-foot Camper & Nicholson yacht White Lie, and a 108-footer by Broward Marine, which is coming back under new owner Tom Lewis.

The sprawling superyacht builders’ and designers’ tent will cover 60,000 square feet, and the 15,000-square-foot International Yacht Builders Pavilion will feature displays by Australian, German, British, French, Dutch, New Zealand and U.S. boatbuilders.

This year’s special events are adult and children’s fishing clinics at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center, where most of the fishing boats, center consoles, trailerable and sportboats are.

The 3 million-square-foot show will be at six venues — Bahia Mar Yachting Center, the convention center, Marriott Portside Marina, Hyatt Pier 66 Hotel and Marina, Hall of Fame Marina and Las Olas Marina — and offer $1.6 billion in boats, engines and accessories.

Show-goers can get from venue to venue by free shuttlebus or pay $10 for an all-day water taxi pass.

Prime Time Preview for those who want to see the show before the crowds is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Prime Time tickets are $30. General admission Oct. 28-31 is $16 a day; $25 for a two-day pass, and $60 for five days. Tickets for children 6-12 are $5 (children under 6 are free). Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 28-30; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 31.