Just a few years ago, I laughed hard when folks in the high-performance marine industry and their customers asked me if I would be at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in South Florida. The last thing I needed was another trip across the country, especially to shamble through an event that catered almost exclusively to the yacht and sportfishing boat markets.
Once an afterthought for go-fast powerboat builders, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is now a can’t-miss event. Photo from the 2019 Nor-Tech dealer meeting courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Hell, even Cigarette Racing Team, once a reliable exhibitor at the annual Fort Lauderdale event, which opens in six days, had bailed on the show several years back.
Now, I actually have to consider attending the Fort Lauderdale show next year. Strike that, I need to be there.
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