|46th Annual Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
November 3-6, 2005
Bahia Mar Marina
|To say it was an INTERESTING lead up to the Fort Lauderdale Boat show reminds me of the ancient Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times”. That is the best way to describe experiencing Hurricane Wilma and rescheduling the Boat Show.|
As to the number of boats in the show, show management has not told us how many came. It was evident that quite a few vessels that were originally going to be there could not make it, but over all there were a good number of boats in attendance. As you might expect the volume of people at the show was way down, quite a number of brokers reported that clients had cancelled their plans to come.
The big surprise for me was even with the shorter show and the smaller attendance, IMPETUS the Inace Yachts 95 I had on display at the barge was SWAMPED! Two out of the four days of the show I was so busy I did not have a chance to eat lunch, the other two days I dashed off for a 15 minute bite to eat at the YACHTS INTERNATIONAL PAVILION.
Ok, back to the show, the other good thing about the show was all of the people who came by the boat were genuinely interested in EXPLORER YACHTS, quite a few were “big white yacht” owners that had their boats in the show and are interested in doing more long range yachting. I had a number of cases where someone saw the boat and went and found their friends and brought them back to see IMPETUS. I also had a large number of professional Yachtsmen aboard; captains, engineers and project managers, all of which were favorably impressed with the boat and INACE YACHTS SHIPYARD.
As a result of the show myself and INACE SHIPYARD are now working with several designers on some new designs in the 150’ to 180’ range and are finishing up details on a new Jon Overing raised pilothouse design at 93’.
I will not bore you with more but if you would like more information about how the show went or some of the new designs, please drop me a e-mail.
Warmest regards and may all your passages on the water and in life be pleasantly uneventful,
|Broker John DeCaro|
|Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA|