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Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Organizers Preparing for Stormy Conditions

The 53rd Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show kicks off today and runs through Monday, but Hurricane Sandy is threatening to make a mess of it.

C'mon, Sandy!

Buckets of rain and forecasted winds of up to 35 to 40 mph are looking to screw up plans. But organizers say that the event is built to withstand tropical storms and that Sandy isn't about to come in and ruin things with all her tropical stormy nonsense.

"Obviously, we continue to still watch the weather very closely," boat show spokesman Daniel Grant said. "But we're not seeing anything that the show can't handle."

Boats -- particularly the big ones -- are being reinforced, and Grant says that the boat show will be open for business and that nothing has changed on the schedule.

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Covering six locations and more than 3 million square feet of space, the show's exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts.

Pretty much if it floats and goes really, really fast, you'll be able to see it at the boat show: runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts.

And who the hell doesn't want to see a superyacht?

So things will go as planned, wind, rain, nuclear fallout, whatever. This is the Yacht Capital of the World, for crying out loud.


Well, except for maybe the aerial flyover and fireworks show, which are planned for 7 p.m. Friday.

The flyover was moved from 10 a.m. today to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The fireworks will be at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

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Chris Joseph
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