Charter One was fortunate enough to spend a few days in “sunny” Florida at the end of October at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. With over 200 super yachts spread out over three million square feet, it was a sight to see. Charter One assisted in hosting the event after being chartered by event organizers Marine Industries of South Florida. Our own super yacht acted as a hospitality suite for show attendees and to say the event was a success would be understatement. It was super! Okay the weather wasn’t great on the first couple of days of the show but Saturday and Sunday were spectacular!
Our hospitality suite was one of the most popular at the boat show probably because of our Aqualounge on the Floridian Princess. We were docked on the B/C dock and offered patrons a view of the ocean as well as wifi and coffee to keep them going as they wandered around the show. It was great to see so many people and have the opportunity to let them look around the yacht to see what we’re all about.
Besides the super yachts and our super hospitality suite, the boat show was full of water vessels of every kind. Visitors had the chance to see some of the latest trends in yachting and boating equipment from around the world. Our own Charter One crew took time out to enjoy the exhibition and were astounded not only at the variety of vessels but the mix of people the boat show attracted. It’s always good to remember that yachting isn’t just for the super rich. Charter Yacht rentals make the spoils of the sea available to everyone.
The 2012 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show brings in millions for the local Florida economy and we were happy to support the cause. Throughout the four days of the boat show in Fort Lauderdale, Hurricane Sandy tried to make herself known. But by all accounts she didn’t make much of a dent in vendor sales or visitor enjoyment.
The 53rd Ft. Lauderdale boat show was definitely worth our time and a great chance to show people the accessibility of the yachting world. Hope to see you out there next year!