Plenty of eye-catching exhibits at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show


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WHEN: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Broward County Convention Center, Hall of Fame, Las Olas, Hilton, and Sails marinas.

ADMISSION: $22 at the door for adults; $7 for children 6-15; free for children under 6.

MORE INFORMATION: www.showmanagement.com or call 954-764-7642


The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show continues Sunday and Monday at six sites, with more than 1,000 vessels from kayaks to megayachts on display, along with every accessory that goes with them.

Here is a sampling of some of the exhibits likely to catch your eye as you tour the show:

• Midnight Express 39 S Open, docks H, I, slips 46-50, Bahia Mar Yachting Center, about $585,000.

Painted a gun-metal gray to match the owner’s Lamborghini, this speedy center-console stands out on a dock crowded with boats of every shape and size. With a twin-stepped hull and powered by four 300-horsepower Mercury Verado outboards, the boat can reach speeds of up to 90 mph, according to salesman Tighe Estes. With patented spray reduction system, seating for 15 and stand-up clearance in the head, the new model provides a comfortable, fast ride. No surprise that it’s a favorite patrol boat among federal and state law-enforcement officers.

• 60 Sunreef Power, dock G,H, slip 23, Bahia Mar Yachting Center, about $2.7 million.

This luxurious, wide, 60-foot power catamaran can sleep up to eight guests and three crew and cruises at up to 25 knots with twin 800-horsepower diesels. It’s equipped with a full galley, Jacuzzi tub and storage for personal watercraft, diving gear, and a tender. Buyers can choose among different layouts depending on whether they plan to cruise themselves or charter. With a range of 4,000 nautical miles and a draft of only six feet, the Sunreef can cross oceans and anchor in the shallows for island-hopping.

• Poseidon Inflatables, docks F,G, slip 1-A, Bahia Mar Yachting Center, $10,000 to $45,000.

If you are lucky enough to own a superyacht with a crane, you can build your own playground at sea with Poseidon Inflatables — water slide, swimming pool, personal watercraft dock, climbing wall, and trampoline. Fill up the modules in just over a minute with the RapidFlate pump. When you’re done, deflate them and retrieve with your crane.

A portable water amusement park would sure do a lot to break up those long ocean crossings.

• Dragonfly Boatworks, booth 1003, Bahia Mar Yachting Center, about $50,000.

Once upon a time, a yacht owner decided he wanted to transport a flats skiff on the transom of his 65-foot Rybovich. But at 16 feet, the skiff was just a tad too long to fit. So Dragonfly Boatworks president Mark Castlow devised a folding bow, reducing the skiff’s overall length to 13 1/2 feet when stored. Now the yacht owner can carry his flats boat around and deploy it wherever he thinks there might be a bonefish. Of course, Dragonfly makes non-folding flats boats as well.

• The Club at SeaFair, face dock, Bahia Mar Yachting Center.

The largest yacht on display at the boat show is the only one not for sale. And unlike other superyachts that require financial qualification before you set foot on board, this 228-foot long, $40 million vessel welcomes all visitors.

A floating art gallery with five decks that also has two restaurants and bar, SeaFair is making its Fort Lauderdale debut. Normally docked at Miami’s Bayfront Park, it is available for weddings, corporate events and private charters.

For boat show schedule, locations and ticket information, visit showmanagement.com or call 954-764-7642

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