Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fort Lauderdale is the place to be this weekend

The boating world invades Fort Lauderdale today through Monday for one of the biggest boat shows in the world

Biggest boat ever built in the US, by Derecktor in CT
Today is the first day of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show... so if you want to go to a boat show this weekend, you're going to have to head to south Florida. There is plenty happening at this year's show, with the boating industry hoping for a recovery sometime in the near future. This year's event boasts approximately 1,000 vessels on display, from personal watercraft to super yachts over 280 feet - including at least 120 vessels over 100 feet long.

Keep reading for free ticket and other discount offers and tips for navigating the show.

Speaking of big boats
We're proud of the fact that the yacht that was named the "Queen of the Show" hails from our home state of Connecticut. At 281 feet and 2,950 tons, Cakewalk is the largest yacht built in the U.S. since the 1930s, and possibly the biggest ever built in the States when measured by volume. And after a few sea trials in Long Island Sound (so that's why the tides were so high on the CT shore last week!), she motored from Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport to Fort Lauderdale to receive her proverbial crown.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Limited amount of free tickets for captains, engineers
The Triton is offering a limited number of tickets for yacht captains and engineers to the show, but you have to act fast (more info.)

Discounts for the rest of us
Save $2 on tickets when buy them online here.

Parking, Transportation, and Must-See's
The show organizers sent us this link just yesterday with latest information about parking and shuttles, as well as all the fun things to do at the show this year.

You can find links to the official websites, maps, and more for other upcoming events on our calendar of boat shows.

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