Thursday, October 26, 2006

Weekend: FLL, here we come

Today marks the first day of the 47th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. With the weather starting to chill in most parts of the country and an extra hour to kill this weekend, why would you go anywhere else?

The event is being billed as the world’s largest boat show, but I thought that as such it would contain more than 1.6 billion dollars worth of boats, yachts, superyachts, electronics, engines and thousands of accessories from every major marine manufacturer and builder worldwide. I wouldn't be surprised to see that number advertised as $2 Billion by the time the 50th annual comes around given the recent trend towards bigger and bigger mega yachts.

Still not convinced? What if I told you that Ft. Lauderdale liked to call itself the Venice of America? I'm serious.

If you are planning to go to the Ft. Lauderdale show this weekend, you can check it out at six different venues, all of which are connected by a very complex-looking bus and boat system shown here. The venues are:
Bahia Mar Yachting Center
Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel and Yacht Club
Hyatt Pier 66 Hotel & Marina
Hall of Fame Marina
Las Olas Marina

Boat Show Dates Hours:
Thursday, October 26 (Prime Time Preview) - 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, October 27 - 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 28 - 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 29 - 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, October 30 - 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Prices range from FREE for children UNDER SIX YEARS OLD to as high as $60 for a five day pass.

Whether you are going or not, at least check out the event's website - it is a show in itself.