A Schooner is a Sailboat, Stupidhead

This year’s incarnation of the esteemed Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show promises to be bigger and, er… boatier than ever, with what flacks call “$2 billion worth of runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, cabin cruisers, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts.” That’s quite a list, but we’ve got a bone to pick with you Boat Show boys: What is there to see for the fervent dinghy enthusiast? Are dinghies to be left out, as always, in the damp cold as these so-called superyachts (80-foot-plus behemoths of the seas) steal away all the glory? Typical.

Dinghies aside (that’s thrice we’ve said dinghy in one article – oops, four times!), the 48th version of the show, happening Thursday through Monday, will be spread across six locations full of freshly-waxed, floating goodness. Bahia Mar will play host to the Superyacht Showcase and the Yachtbuilder’s Tent, where visitors can step aboard multi-million dollar mammoths and chat with the folks that build them. The Hall of Fame Marina will host a brokerage show and Exotic Car Showcase, while Las Olas Marina shows off a collection of sleek catamarans. Finally, the Broward Convention Center will have a huge assortment of watercraft and nautical goods on display, and the Fort Lauderdale Grand and Hyatt Pier 66 will alternate showings of the “Queen of the Show,” the 223-foot superyacht, Kismet. Tickets run from $5 to $30, and transport between sites is available for $10 per day. Visit www.showmanagement.com.
Oct. 25-29, 2007

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