By the start of November, much of the country is awash in fall foliage—with some states already seeing their very first flurries. But even as its northern counterparts cool down, the boating scene in Fort Lauderdale can’t help but heat up.
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show cruises into town on November 1st, and it’s the epitome of boat show season done right. Take a look below as we share five of our favorite ways to explore the event!
Get hooked on fishing know-how
Learn something new this season! Whether you’re an experienced angler or are just starting out, this year’s boat show is back with fishing seminars that are chock-full of helpful information. Hook the Future is presenting kids’ fishing clinics for younger anglers who are keen to learn. For you, there’s the School of Sportfishing presented by the International Game Fish Association! The wide array of seminars spans from “Secrets for Dolphin” to “Winning with Wahoo” to an Offshore Masters Panel that’s sure to offer some invaluable insights for your next angling adventure.
Perfect your on-the-water technique
The lessons don’t stop with fishing. We know that every boater is always looking for a chance to improve their craft—and you can do just that at this year’s show. You can register in advance for courses like Basic Docking or Open Water Boat Handling Skills… or opt for Powerboating Made Easy, a comprehensive three-hour course that promises to help you feel “capable, confident, and safe” on the water! Refine your on-the-water skill set with these handy courses and more.
Embrace your artistic side
Boating isn’t all about technical know-how, of course! You can embrace the artistic side of life on the water by visiting the show’s Blue Wild Watersports and Marine Art Expo, where celebrity speakers Gator Boy Chris Gillette and Manny Puig will be showcasing their work. You can also browse through a variety of artwork, including marine photography, playful paintings and more.
Get the lux treatment
Fort Lauderdale is known for its effortlessly lux lifestyle. Why not indulge in a bit of that glitz and glamour with the Windward VIP Club Experience? This ultra-luxurious way to experience the show provides guests with beautiful dining and lounge areas, gourmet dishes, and more “VIP” touches that are sure to please.
Browse for your new boat
Of course, we can’t forget about the main attraction of any boat show: the boats themselves! There are more than 1500 in store, including the latest Monterey models for all your adventures ahead. Even if you’re just looking, there’s no better place to browse than the paradise of Fort Lauderdale and its bustling boat show.
Whether you’re in search of a new Monterey, or simply want to learn what’s new in the world of boating, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has you covered. We’ll see you there November 1st through the 5th, and make sure to visit with our dealer Bob Hewes Boats while you're there too!