The 2010 International Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show is finally upon us. The show starts October 28 and runs through November 1. Tickets are $32 for “Preview Thursday” and adult general admission is $18 on site, while online tickets are $16 and only $5 for children. It is by far the largest boat show in the world and quite a spectacle.  Buyers come from all over the world to see new product as well as discover deals, and sellers bring their boats from remote locations for exposure and the hope of a possible sale. I had the privilege of attending some of the European shows this year, and if they are any indication of how the Ft. Lauderdale show will be in terms of quality buyers on the dock, then I think we have a lot to look forward to. The Cannes show was busy every day, while the Monaco show was also a big hit. I would expect a busy Ft. Lauderdale Show with buyers on the docks searching for that smoking deal!

Ocean Alexander will have a large presence at the Ft. Lauderdale Show. We will have a large display at Bahia Mar featuring our new product, with some of the industry’s most amazing new vessels. We will have an 88’ MY Skylounge 2011, 74’ MY Flybridge 2011, 68’ MY Flybridge 2010, 68’ MY Flybridge 2008, 62’RPMY Flybridge 2010 and possible a 60’ Trawler 2010.  These crafts will all be at our new boat display at Bahia Mar. 

Now that we have moved into the Pier 66 location on the ICW and 17th Street bridge, we will have a large selection of brokerage boats. Some of the boats on display will include the following: 80’ Azimut 2006, 74’ Fairline 2004, 64’ Hatteras 2007, 62’ Ferretti 1999, 61’ Viking 2003, 55’ Azimut 2005 and a 50’ Cranchi 2004. Although Pier 66 is not considered to be a part of the show, we will have brokerage boats at the marina for display to the public. Feel free to stop by both of our displays and take a tour of our new Ocean Alexander product or some of our quality brokerage boats. 

If you are seriously considering purchasing a boat in the near future and plan on attending the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show, make sure you contact and have a broker accompany you. It will be much easier to get on the vessels you have an interest in. Also, when accompanied by a broker, other salesmen will typically not approach you and try and sell you on anything. Your broker will be able to get you on all the boats you wish to see and lead you through the boat without the pressure of another salesman following you. You will also be able to board most vessels immediately as opposed to making appointments to view boats for later that day or even the following day. He or she can also help you gather all the info and specs on the boats you visit and handle follow-up and hopefully future offers.  With a broker you will also save precious time by not wandering around these massive shows aimlessly. Your broker should know the layout of the show and can escort you directly to the boats you wish to view to maximize your time. Just like a realtor, your broker should have an intimate knowledge of the market and be able to show you everything within your necessary parameters and budget.  Boat shows are an opportune time to see everything you are interested in. Whether you are looking for a 21’ Sea Ray, 190’ Trinity, are just a boat enthusiast or simply want to see the spectacle that is the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show, I would encourage you to come by and spend the day walking around. It is certainly worth the price of admission. 

If you have an interest in financing, here are the current rates: 5.75% fixed for 20 years with 20% down. There is also a 5.50% fixed 35% down. Adjustable is at 4.26%. I work with the best funding agent in the business and if you have an interest in speaking with him, feel free to contact me.

If you ever have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at: grant@oceanalexander.com or 786.390.2782. Have fun! And happy and safe boating!! Keep it between the channel markers!!

prma