VIP Boat Show

An Inside Look at the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Victoria Barnett

By Victoria Barnett

September 17, 2015

Why did the fish cross the road?

Because it was hooked!

And now we are about to get you hooked on the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which is without a doubt going to be one exciting event. It will be fully packed with educational, fun and informative events on everything from fishing to navigation to photography.

Here’s an inside look at the seminars you can participate in all weekend long! We’ve broken them down by topic so you can quickly find what would interest you the most. Take a look!

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Photography

INTRO TO UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY

When: Friday, November 6, 2015 | 4 pm AND Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Noon AND Sunday, November 8, 2015 | 1 pm

Where: Lobby B/C Convention Center

Fishing

KINGFISH STRATEGIES AND SECRETS: HOSTED BY IGFA SCHOOL OF SPORTFISHING

When: Friday, November 6, 2015 | 3:30 pm

Where: Convention Center - Rooms 124 - 125

MASTERING THE CAST: HOSTED BY IGFA SCHOOL OF SPORTFISHING

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015 | 12:30 pm

Where: Convention Center - Rooms 124 - 125

LIONFISH - HOW TO CATCH, CLEAN, EAT!

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015 | 1 pm AND Sunday, November 8, 2015 | Noon

Where: Lobby B/C Convention Center

OFFSHORE MASTERS PANEL: HOSTED BY IGFA SCHOOL OF SPORTFISHING

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015 | 1:30 pm

Where: Convention Center - Rooms 124 - 125

SPEARFISHING TIPS, BEGINNER TO ADVANCED

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015 | 4 pm

Where: Lobby B/C Convention Center

Who: Sheri (Freedive Spearfishing National Champ, multiple world record holder and host of “Speargun Hunter” on Outdoor Channel)

Focus: Learn a variety of spearfishing tips and tricks, from beginner to advanced, whether scuba or freediving.

LOBSTERING, BEST METHODS

When: Sunday, November 8, 2015 | 4 pm

Where: Lobby B/C Convention Center

Water Activities

BECOME A PRO WITH A GOPRO!: A BLUE WILD EVENT

When: Friday, November 6, 2015 | 5 pm AND Sunday, November 8, 2015 | 3 pm

Where: Lobby B/C Convention Center

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Be Entertained

BIKINI FASHION SHOW

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015 | 3 pm

Where: Lobby B/C Convention Center

Who: Island Water Sports

Focus: Relax and enjoy an exciting fashion show featuring different makes and models of bikinis and board shorts.

SAVAGE WILD

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015 | 5 pm AND Sunday, November 8, 2015 | 5 pm

Who: Manny (appeared on many TV shows and movies)

Focus: Manny continues to educate and entertain audiences with his primitive approach to interacting with sharks, black bears and American alligators.

Navigation and Boat Controls

CRUISERPORT: TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR ANCHORING WITH NEW GENERATION ANCHORS - SPONSORED BY ROCNA ANCHORS

When: Friday, November 6, 2015 | 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Where: Bahia Mar

Who: Mark Pocock of Rocna Anchors

Focus: Learn a variety of anchoring techniques, the benefits of New Generation Anchors and a few tips on maximizing performance from these highly engineered designs.

CRUISERPORT: TIPS ON USING RADAR AND AIS - SPONSORED BY OCEANGRAFIX

When: Friday, November 6, 2015 | 2 pm – 2:45 pm

Where: Bahia Mar

Who: Author of "The Weekend Navigator"

Focus: Learn how to best select and use Radar and AIS such as how to control it and how to interpret what you see.

CRUISERPORT: CLOSE QUARTERS MANEUVERING SKILLS FOR EVERYONE ABOARD - SPONSORED BY OCEANGRAFIX

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015 | 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Where: Bahia Mar

Who: Author of “Powerboat Handling Illustrated”

Focus: This seminar explains in simple terms why a boat does what it does and how to control it.

CRUISERPORT: QUICK START GUIDE TO NAVIGATION FOR ALL ABOARD - SPONSORED BY OCEANGRAFIX

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015 | 1 pm – 1:45 pm

Where: Bahia Mar

Who: Author of “The Weekend Navigator”

Focus: Receive a simple overview of navigating with electronics and charts. Learn how to plan and track your voyage and keep the boat on course in safe waters.

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Something for the Kids

THE KIDS' FISHING CLINICS: PRESENTED BY HOOK THE FUTURE

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015 | 11 am and 1 pm AND Sunday, November 8, 2015 | Noon and 2 pm

Where: Convention Center

Who: Captain Don

Focus: This clinic is perfect for kids to learn basic fishing techniques, tackle and safety. Learn more.

Exploring

CRUISERPORT: CRUISING THE FLORIDA KEYS - SPONSORED BY CAPTAIN CHRIS YACHT SERVICES

When: Friday, November 6, 2015 | 1 pm – 1:45 pm

Where: Bahia Mar

Who: Captain Chris Yacht Services

Focus: Plot your course for exploring the Florida Keys, where you’ll find clear water, a tropical climate and an “island” attitude.

CRUISERPORT: CRUISING AMERICA'S GREAT LOOP - SPONSORED BY CAPTAIN CHRIS YACHT SERVICES

When: Friday, November 6, 2015 | 3 pm – 3:45 pm

Where: Bahia Mar

Who: Captain Chris Yacht Services

Focus: Learn more about The Great Loop - the 7000 mile year long journey cruising around the waterways of eastern North America.

THE WATERWAY GUIDE SEMINAR

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015 | 4 pm

Where: Convention Center

Who: Wally Moran (writer and cruising sailor) and Ed Tillett (Editor-in-Chief of Waterway Guide)

Focus: Hear about the must-see locations and stops in the Bahamas as well as the ins and outs of cruising to and from Cuba. Learn provisioning, navigational concerns, sail and power, and highlights of the destinations.

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Laws

STAYING TWO STEPS AHEAD OF THE TAX MAN: HOSTED BY YACHTS INTERNATIONAL

When: Friday, November 6, 2015 | 1 pm

Where: Hilton Marina Hotel

Who: Maritime attorney Todd Lochner

Focus: If you’re from a low-tax state and plan to cruise the East Coast of the United States aboard a U.S. flagged yacht, this seminar will help you learn how to protect yourself from back taxes and penalties.

HOW TO HIRE A CAPTAIN AND CREW: HOSTED BY YACHTS INTERNATIONAL

When: Friday, November 6, 2015 | 1 pm

Where: Hilton Marina Hotel

Who: Maritime Attorney Todd Lochner

Focus: If you are a yacht owner who needs to hire a crew, this seminar will help you understand maritime employment law including the importance of contracts and the elements of a good contract.

Safety

SEARCH & RESCUE STORIES/ADVICE

When: Sunday, November 8, 2015 | 2 pm

Where: Lobby B/C Convention Center

Who: United States Coast Guard Pilots and Rescue Swimmers

Focus: Be educated on safe boating practices. Hear stories about water rescues, medevacs and law enforcement interdictions throughout South Florida and the Bahamas.

To learn more details about the seminars, click here.

For directions and maps, click here.

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Attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Did you find a seminar that interests you? There are so many good ones to choose from! Now that we’ve piqued your interest and gotten you pumped up about the Boat Show, it’s time to start planning your trip.

Be a part of the excitement and experience the “Greatest Boat Show in the World” like you never have before. With an Official VIP Boat Show Experiences Ticket Package, you will enjoy access to the
2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show plus exclusive amenities throughout the weekend. See you there!

Attend the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show!

 

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