Here’s the in­side scoop about ev­ery­thing that’s new at the Fort Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show.

Yachting - - CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS - By Kim Kavin

Up­grades for the Fort Laud­erdale boat show. A Hat­teras GT63 crosses the At­lantic. New launches. Must-have time­pieces.

The fort laud­erdale in­ter­na­tional boat show is­go­ing to look dif­fer­ent this year. In fact, it’s go­ing to look dif­fer­ent be­fore at­ten­dees even step in­side. ¶ “You’re walk­ing south to­ward the prop­erty, and there will be more of a plaza now, a wel­com­ing plaza,” says Danny Bule­more, se­nior as­so­ciate at EDSA, which is help­ing show owner In­forma change the old en­trance to ex­hibitor-only and cre­ate a sep­a­rate en­try­way for at­ten­dees. “We’re propos­ing a larger me­dia or info board — one that comes to mind is the mes­sage board at Dis­ney World, where it tells you how long the wait times are. It could tell you what’s go­ing on at the show, dif­fer­ent events hap­pen­ing at dif­fer­ent times at the show, ev­ery­thing that’s hap­pen­ing in­side.” ¶ Af­ter that, he says, show-go­ers will find them­selves im­mersed in a wel­com­ing scene en route to the boats and ex­hibitors. ¶ “We’ve also talked about bring­ing some of the kiosks out into the ar­rival area, beer and wa­ter, those types of things,” Bule­more says. “Nowa­days, with In­sta­gram and so much so­cial me­dia, we’re try­ing to make photo op­por­tu­ni­ties. Some of the char­ac­ter im­agery we’re look­ing at are things in­spired by ma­jor sport­ing events or con­certs, like big let­ters that peo­ple can stand on and take a pic­ture and use the hash­tag FLIBS with the view of the ma­rina be­hind them.” ¶ Also new at this year’s show will be biodegrad­able plates and prod­ucts, along with farm-to-plate food by At­lanta-based Proof of the Pud­ding. The idea, as with the new en­try, is to en­hance the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence. ¶ Of course, all the yachts will still be there, but boat lovers who’ve at­tended FLIBS for years may ap­pre­ci­ate Bule­more’s thought about the show’s changes: “It’s a fun op­por­tu­nity to change the per­spec­tive a lit­tle bit.”

At the Fort Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show, bro­kers and builder rep­re­sen­ta­tives are on hand for yacht tours.

The non­stop ac­tion on the wa­ter dur­ing the Fort Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show is a feast for any yacht-spot­ter’s eyes.

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