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Old 08-14-2016, 01:57 PM   #1
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FLIBS recommendations

Wife and I attending the Ft. Lauderdale show in Nov. Maps and website info not very effective for looking at Trawler type yachts. Anyone who's been have any tips on attending?

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Most all of the trawlers will be at B/C dock. Far left as you enter. Our new KK52 will be in the show so please say Hi when you come by.
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Awesome. Thanks for the info!

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Old 08-16-2016, 02:48 AM   #4
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Also looking for cool things to see and do besides FLIBS or anything we should be looking at and where as newbies to blue water cruising (electronics, anchors, radioa, emergency stuff etc)!

All input appreciated!

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Mr. mnb. Be prepared for sensory overload. There is SO much "stuff" there it boggles the mind. We've been several times and between battling the crowds and going on boats there seems to be little time to actually sift through the plethora of booths. Bring good walking shoes that can easily be slipped off for boat visits (keep an eye on them IF they're at all decent looking) and start at the north end above the Los Olas bridge-mostly boats there that could at least be worth a walk by. I'd plan on two days with adequate visits to the beer tents.
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Also looking for cool things to see and do besides FLIBS or anything we should be looking at and where as newbies to blue water cruising (electronics, anchors, radioa, emergency stuff etc)!

All input appreciated!

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How long will you be in town?
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:52 AM   #8
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Mr. mnb. Be prepared for sensory overload. There is SO much "stuff" there it boggles the mind. We've been several times and between battling the crowds and going on boats there seems to be little time to actually sift through the plethora of booths. Bring good walking shoes that can easily be slipped off for boat visits (keep an eye on them IF they're at all decent looking) and start at the north end above the Los Olas bridge-mostly boats there that could at least be worth a walk by. I'd plan on two days with adequate visits to the beer tents.
I'd plan on at least two days and if I was making the effort to come in for it, then I'd want to see it all. If you don't want to miss anything you're interested in, that's really the only way because although one area might be trawler heavy, that doesn't mean they aren't scattered elsewhere. I'd look at the map before hand and look at the exhibitors and plan the can't miss places.

Can't help you on parking as we walk there.
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Can't help you on parking as we walk there.
I've been there a couple of times now, and parking has always been a non issue.
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I've been there a couple of times now, and parking has always been a non issue.
We plan not to use a car during the show if we're home. Anywhere we go, we go by boat or on foot. Regardless, traffic is nothing like Miami.
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@Capt.Bill....we arrive Thurs evening and leave Sunday night. We are planning the show for 2 days...

Good tips all on the shoe watching etc..I believe we will stay at a hotel close to the show.

We are VERY interested in trawler type boats due to their go anywhere blue water capabilities and are anxious to get aboard a few different makes hopefully...I see KK is an exhibitor and we know that at least one Bering will be close as well.

Been looking at the maddening maps as we don't know the area...hopefully will have a better plan thanks to the info from folks here and more time assimilating maps and app..any and all info is appreciated

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We are VERY interested in trawler type boats due to their go anywhere blue water capabilities
What do you mean by that? When you say go anywhere and blue water, where are you thinking of going?
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@BandB...We are thinking the ability to do ocean crossings.

Our plan is to mostly retire early (work from home), live aboard and start somewhere. When we get bored...we'll pull up anchor or untie, fuel up if needed and go. We have places all over the world we'd like to visit on slow time..
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FLIBS is one of the largest boat shows in the world, 2 days is the minimum time to see boats. Unlike many other boat shows there are brokerage boats at this show. If you are looking at new boats then you can see used boats at the upper price ranges also. The cost to put a boat in the show is around $10,000 or more so older, low price boats are not there. There are also many boats in the area that are not in the show that will be available to be seen some before the show opens or after it closes. Many brokers will be too busy to show boats during show hours but can make arrangements.
The Show Management web site list of boats in the show will get more accurate as we get closer, as boats sell and new listing become available. Many boat owners do not commit until September.
There is parking in downtown lots with shuttle buses between the sites, they are too far apart to walk. They also have shuttle ferry boats which are fun to see the waterfront areas and multi million dollar homes.
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@yachtbrokerguy and CaptBill...looks like we will be staying either at a hotel with water taxi service or we will be able to Uber back and forth, also looks as if we will be extending our stay by a day or so as the flights are cheaper!

@yachtbrokerguy...please check your PM's...

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@BandB...We are thinking the ability to do ocean crossings.

Our plan is to mostly retire early (work from home), live aboard and start somewhere. When we get bored...we'll pull up anchor or untie, fuel up if needed and go. We have places all over the world we'd like to visit on slow time..
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Well, the only oceans I know near us are the Atlantic and the Pacific. I don't personally think of cruising to the Caribbean to be an ocean crossing, nor do I think of a trip to the Bahamas as one. That was what I was trying to get to with my question. If you're thinking of long crossings across the Atlantic or Pacific then you've greatly limited the boats you are looking for based on both range and safety.

Even a trip to the Eastern Caribbean can be done as "coastal cruising", just what I'd call cruising offshore or in the ocean. They require a good rough water boat but not the same one as ocean crossing.

Now others might define it entirely different than me, but what your definition is will be important to your choice.
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@yachtbrokerguy and CaptBill...looks like we will be staying either at a hotel with water taxi service or we will be able to Uber back and forth, also looks as if we will be extending our stay by a day or so as the flights are cheaper!

@yachtbrokerguy...please check your PM's...

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In that case if you want resturant recommendations and other things worth seeing/doing besides the show let me know.
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@BandB....yessir...we have a small but growing list of needs and wants in a boat..first and foremost is seaworthiness and redundant systems to make safe ocean crossings...it does seem to limit our boat type/manufacturer numbers....

I personally would love a sexy, fast, luxurious Hatteras fishing boat....but we'd be stuck cargo shipping it around the world and that's just not adventurous..I also like the idea of the Nordhavn 75EYF but few of those have been built and I've read there were inherent problems with that boat as compared to other Nordhavn models..Ultimately...we know that we have to tour some boats and get a feel for what we need and want vs. what we can give up..These forums have helped answer some of those questions for us already..

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@Capt.Bill...check your PM'S

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