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42nd Annual Fort Myers Boat Show

November 13-16, 2014

Widely considered the premier boat show on Florida’s west coast, the 42nd Annual Fort Myers Boat Show will feature boats of just about every type imaginable, marine products and services for both enthusiasts and novices alike. Now in its 42nd year, the show will include seminars on fishing and boat safety. Local guides will be on hand to answer questions and present instruction about fishing in Southwest Florida. The show will also include a large kayaking section with daily seminars, products displays, and information about Lee County’s Great Calusa Blueway paddling trails. The U.S. Coast Guard will return this year with their interactive boating safety trailer displaying a variety of safety equipment.

The Boat Show is located in downtown Fort Myers. The main entrance is at the corner of Bay Street and Dean Street. The show is spread out through the Harborside Event Center, along Edwards Drive and Centennial Park to The Fort Myers Yacht Basin.

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Event Details

Event: 42nd Annual Fort Myers Boat Show

Dates: November 13th – 16th, 2014

Times:

Nov. 13th THURSDAY 10AM – 6PM
Nov. 14th FRIDAY 10AM – 6PM
Nov. 15th SATURDAY 10AM – 6PM
Nov. 16th SUNDAY 10AM – 5PM

Admission: $10.00 per person. Children under 16 free with paid adult admission. Tickets only available for purchase at the door.

Venue: Harborside Event Center & Yacht Basin

Address: Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901

Phone: 239-656-7083

Directions: From I-75, take Exit 138 (MLK Boulevard). Head west into downtown (about four miles). From U.S. 41: If you are coming from the south, watch for signs leading you into downtown just before crossing the river. From the north, take the first exit over the river and head east on 1st Street. Once in the downtown area, there are several cross streets, between Lee Street and Monroe Street, that lead to the show.

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Show attendees can tour a large assortment of boat types both in, and out of the water. Visitors can check out luxury yachts and off-shore fishing boats, plus dinghies and kayaks. Resorts and marinas will also be on hand to help guests plan waterfront trips, and vendors will display the latest in boating accessories, electronics, marine financing and insurance, motors and fishing gear from manufacturers all over the world.

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Boat Lines

Action Craftt — SAN CARLOS MARINE — L/408,409
Apex Marine “Quest” Pontoons — SW FLORIDA MARINE WHOLESALE — L/111-113
Aquasport — SPORT BOATS MARINE — L/407, 411
Avalon Pontoons — SUN SPORTS CYCLE & WATERCRAFT — L/101
Bayliner — YORK ROAD MARINE — L/219,220
Beneteau — VIAGE — W/C-13-15
Bennington — MARINA MIKE’S — L/320
Blue Wave — MARINA MIKE’S — L/320
Boston Whaler — BONITA BOAT CENTER — L/410,412
Boston Whaler — MARINE MAX — W/FDB, C-10&11, H-17&18
Bulls Bay — BOAT HOUSE OF CAPE CORAL, THE — L/401-406 & 206-208, F/02
Carolina Cat — BOAT HOUSE OF CAPE CORAL, THE — L/401-406 & 206-208, F/02
Carolina Skiff — MARINA MIKE’S — L/320
Century Boats — SHIPPEY MARINE — L/223
Chapparal — FISH TALE SALES AND SERVICE — L/429-431; W/H 33-38
Chris Craft — WALKER’S MARINE — W/C-32-40 & L/433
Cobalt — BOAT HOUSE OF CAPE CORAL, THE — L/401-406 & 206-208, F/02
Cobia — WALKER’S MARINE — W/C-32-40 & L/433
Contender — MARINA MIKE’S — L/320
Crest Pontoons — BONITA BOAT CENTER — L/410,412
Crevalle — NAPLES MARINA SALES — L/426-428; W/C-25
Cruisers — GALATI YACHT SALES — W/C-05-09
Cutwater — NAPLES MARINA SALES — L/426-428; W/C-25
Edgewater — SPORT BOATS MARINE — L/407, 411
Epic — MARINA MIKE’S — L/320
Escape Pontoons — ABEL’S MARINE — L/311,312
Everglades — NAPLES MARINA SALES — L/426-428; W/C-25
Everglades — BOAT HOUSE OF CAPE CORAL, THE — L/401-406 & 206-208, F/02
Formula — GULF COAST BOAT SALES/FORMULA — W/H-19-25
Four Winns — BOATER’S LANDING — L/209-218
Gheenoe — SAN CARLOS MARINE — L/408,409
Glacier Bay — BOAT HOUSE OF CAPE CORAL, THE — L/401-406 & 206-208, F/02
Grady-White — FISH TALE SALES AND SERVICE — L/429-431; W/H 33-38
Hewes — FORT MYERS MARINE — L/422, 423
Hurricane — BOAT HOUSE OF CAPE CORAL, THE — L/401-406 & 206-208, F/02
Hydra Sport — HYDRA SPORTS CUSTOM — W/C-12
Jeanneau — INTERMARINE — W/C-41-44
Jupiter — WALKER’S MARINE — W/C-32-40 & L/433
Key West — BOATER’S LANDING — L/209-218
Livingston Cats — BOAT HOUSE OF CAPE CORAL, THE — L/401-406 & 206-208, F/02
Maritimo — GALATI YACHT SALES — W/C-05-09

Maverick — FORT MYERS MARINE — L/422, 423
Monterey — SPORT BOATS MARINE — L/407, 411
Nautic Star — FORT MYERS MARINE — L/422, 423
Nauticstar Bay — BONITA BOAT CENTER — L/410,412
Parker Boats — BONITA BOAT CENTER — L/410,412
Pathfinder — FORT MYERS MARINE — L/422, 423
Pioneer — NAPLES MARINA SALES — L/426-428; W/C-25
Prestige — GALATI YACHT SALES — W/C-05-09
Princess — GALATI YACHT SALES — W/C-05-09
Pro-Line — YORK ROAD MARINE — L/219,220
Pursuit — WALKER’S MARINE — W/C-32-40 & L/433
Rampage — GALATI YACHT SALES — W/C-05-09
Regal — WALKER’S MARINE — W/C-32-40 & L/433
Regulator — BOAT HOUSE OF CAPE CORAL, THE — L/401-406 & 206-208, F/02
Release Boats — SW FLORIDA MARINE WHOLESALE — L/111-113
Rigid Boats — RIGID BOATS — L/104
Robalo — FISH TALE SALES AND SERVICE — L/429-431; W/H 33-38
Sabre — YACHT REGISTRY — W/H-16
Sailfish — BOATER’S LANDING — L/209-218
Scout — WALKER’S MARINE — W/C-32-40 & L/433
Sea Doo — SUN SPORTS CYCLE & WATERCRAFT — L/101
Sea Fox — MARINA MIKE’S — L/320>
Sea Hunt — INGMAN MARINE — L/424, 425
Sea Ray — MARINE MAX — W/FDB, C-10&11, H-17&18
Sheerwater — FORT MYERS MARINE — L/422, 423
Skeeter — INGMAN MARINE — L/424, 425
Southwind — BOATER’S LANDING — L/209-218
Splendor Boats — SPLENDOR BOATS, LLC — L/411A
Sportsman — BOAT HOUSE OF CAPE CORAL, THE — L/401-406 & 206-208, F/02
Sterling — FORT MYERS MARINE — L/422, 423
Sun Dance Skiffs — INGMAN MARINE — L/424, 425
Sweetwater — BOAT HOUSE OF CAPE CORAL, THE — L/401-406 & 206-208, F/02
Tiara — GALATI YACHT SALES — W/C-05-09
Tide Water — SAN CARLOS MARINE — L/408,409
Triumph Pontoons — ABEL’S MARINE — L/311,312
Vanducth — BURKARD YACHT SALES — W/H-28-30
Veranda — YORK ROAD MARINE — L/219,220
Wellcraft — SPORT BOATS MARINE — L/407, 411
World Cat — BOAT PLACE, THE — F/07, 08
Yamaha Jet Boats — SUN SPORTS CYCLE & WATERCRAFT — L/101
Yamaha Waverunners — SUN SPORTS CYCLE & WATERCRAFT — L/101

LOCATION KEY
BOOTHS: B/C Outdoor, B/H Harborside Event Center,
B/H-TA Table Displays Harborside Event Center
F/ – INDOOR BOAT & BULK ACCESSORY DISPLAYS
L/ – LAND DISPLAYS (Boats & Accessories)
W/ – NEW & BROKERAGE BOATS IN-WATER
CPB – CITY PIER BUILDING

Exhibitor List

1 SOURCE PUBLICATIONS - B/H-037
ABEL’S MARINE – L/311,312
ACE BOAT LIFTS – B/H-090
ACTION WELDING - B/H-086, 087
ALLSTATE CATHY SINK AGENCY - B/H-023
AMERICAN MARINE MARKETING - W/H-03
ANDROS BOATWORKS, INC. – L/102,105
ASM INC/ DUO-GARD INDUSTRIES - B/H-009
BARNACLE ZAPPER, LLC – B/H-120
BATH PLANET OF S.W. FLORIDA – B/H-110
BAY WATER EXCLUSIVE BOAT CLUB – B/H-116
BEAVERTAIL SKIFFS - L/224
BECKER SALES – B/H-017,018
BETTER OFF WET MAGAZINE - B/H-062
BOAT HOUSE, THE - L/401-406 & 206-208, F/02
BOAT HOUSE, THE – W/C-16 FD
BOAT PLACE, THE - F/07, 08
BOAT SHOPPER - B/H-111
BOATER’S LANDING - L/209-218
BOATIQUE GRAPHICS - B/H-001
BOATMASTER TRAILERS - L/603,604
BOB AND ANNIES BOATYARD - B/H-082,083
BONITA BOAT CENTER - L/410,412
BOOMERANG - B/T-02,03,04
BOSTON GLOBE – B/H-092
BRAD MICHAELS - B/T-09
BROWARD CASTING FOUNDRY – L/611
BSJ ENTERPRISES, INC – B/H-063
BURKARD YACHT SALES – W/H-28-29
CALI OPTICS – B/C-14
CALOOSA DIVE CLUB/SCUBAVICE - CPB
CALUSA CERTIFIED MARINE - F/03
CAPE COASTAL DESIGNS INC. – B/H-084,085
CAPE CORAL BOAT CLUB – L/202-204
CAPE CORAL CRUISE CLUB - B/H-056
CAPE CORAL SAIL & POWER SQDN – B/H-100, 101
CAREFREE BOAT CLUB SW FLORIDA - B/H-106
CENTURY 21 SUNBELT VINCENT BUENFIL – H-12
CHIEFY, LLC - CPB
CLASSIC YACHT EDITIONS - B/H-064
CLASSIC YACHT SERVICE INC. - B/H-015, 016
CMCS – B/T-08
COAST GUARD AUX 9-4 – L/317
COAST GUARD AUXILLARY FLOTILLA 9-10 – B/H-105
COASTAL DECKS & DOCKS- F/09
COASTAL PROP TECHNOLOGY INC. - B/H-040, 041
COASTLINE BOATLIFT COVERS – B/H-075
COOPER CANVAS & BOATWORKS - B/T-07
COTTONSEED, INC. - B/H-019,020
CROWN INTERNATIONAL YACHT SALES - W/H-12,13
CURTIS STOKES & ASSOCIATES, INC. - W/H-04,05
CUSTOM STAINLESS & ALUMINUM PRODUCTS, INC. - W/H-32
CUTTING EDGE BOAT TOPS - B/H-113,114
DESTINATION BOAT CLUBS - B/H-089
DIVERSIFIED YACHT SERVICES, INC. - F/04
DOLPHIN BOAT LIFTS, INC. – B/H-031, 032
DQ SALES – H-03,04
FANTASEA SCUBA - L/315
FATHOM IT DISTRIBUTING - B/C-123
FELIX MARINE - B/H-047, 048
FISCHER MARINE – B/H-060 FISH FACE CHARTERS - B/T-06
FISH TALE SALES AND SERVICE – L/429-431; W/H 33-38
FISHIN’ FRANKS - L/314
FLITZ INTERNATIONAL, LTD - B/H-061
FLORIDA MARINE TIMES – B/H-111
FLORIDA MARINER, THE – B/H-033
FLORIDA SPORT FISHING MAGAZINE - B/H-073
FORT MYERS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY – L/313
FORT MYERS MARINE – L/422, 423
FREEDOM BOAT CLUB – B/H-080
GALATI YACHT SALES – W/C-05-09
GASPARILLA MARINA - B/H-045, 046
GOLDEN BOAT LIFTS- B/H-050, 051- 052
GRASS FLATS ANGLER – B/T-01
GREAT CALUSA BLUEWAY – CPB
GULF COAST BOAT SALES/FORMULA - W/C-19-25
GULFSIDE MARINE SERVICE INC. - B/H-067,068
HYDRA SPORTS CUSTOM - W/C-12
IBERIABANK – H-09
IMM QUALITY BOAT LIFTS – F/01
INFLATABLE BOATS OF FLORIDA – L/309,310
INGMAN MARINE – L/424, 425
INNOVATIVE MARINE COATINGS, INC. – B/H-074
INTERMARINE – W/C-41-44
IRELAND YACHT SALES – W/C-26,27
JOHNSON OUTDOORS - H-15,16

KAYAK EXCURSIONS - L/316
KIRKWOOD ELECTRIC, INC. - B/H-028
LAZY BUNZ - B/H-069
LEE COUNTY MARINE LAW ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE - B/H-102-104
LEGACY HARBOUR MARINA - B/H-039
LUKE BROWN YACHT SALES – W/H-02
MA-BRI, INC. - B/H-025
MARINA MIKE’S - L/320
MARINE MAX – W/FDB, C-10&11, H-07-15,17,18
MARINERS LEARNING SYSTEM – B/H-070
MARKER 5 – B/C-10
MASSEY YACHT SALES & SERVICE - B/H-026,027
MASTRY ENGINE CENTER - B/H-108,109
MATTOS MARINE DIESEL – F/06
MAXIMIZED LIVING FORUM CHIROPRACTIC - B/H-107
MERCURY – L/221
MILEY’S DIESEL SERVICE, INC. - B/H-059
MOLLY’S MARINE SERVICE, LLC – F/05
NAPLES MARINA SALES – L/426-428; W/C-28
NATURE CRAFT - H-01,02
NAUTICAL DESIGNS BY MARY ANN INC – B/H-066
NAUTICAL MILE – B/H-002
NEPTUNE BOAT LIFTS - B/H-057
NEW WORLD MARINE INC. - B/H-042
OFFSHORE PERFORMANCE SPECIALTIES – B/H-076, 077, 078
PARADISE GRILLING SYSTEMS – H-07,08
PARADISE MARINA – B/H-115
PIER ONE YACHT SALES - B/H-035, 036; W/H-19-26
PINELAND MARINA - B/H-081
PINK SHELL BEACH RESORT AND MARINA – B/H-049
PIRANHA ROD RACK – B/C-13
PORT SANIBEL MARINA - H-10
PORTA-BOTE - B/H-007
PRECISION TRANSMISSIONS - B/H-058
REGATTA POINTE MARINA - B/H-117
RHINELAND CUTLERY - B/H-088
RIGID BOATS - L/104
RIVER FOREST YACHTING CENTERS – B/H-038
SAILING SINGLE CLUB – B/T-05
SALTY SAM’S MARINA – B/H-071,072
SAN CARLOS MARINE – L/408,409
SAN CARLOS RV RESORT & MARINA – B/H-079
SCOTTIES CANVAS & MARINE OUTFITTERS – L/307, 308
SEA RAYDERS – CPB
SEA SCHOOL – B/H-034
SEA TECH MARINE ELECTRONICS – B/H-121-123
SEA TOW - L/306
SEAGATE MARINE SALES - L/400A
SEAHORSE MARINE YACHT SALES – W/H-33,34
SHARK TESTED OPTICS - B/C-11
SHIPPEY MARINE - L/223
SHORELINE LUMBER, INC. - B/H-053, 054
SLIDEMOOR – B/H-021,022
SOUTH SEAS ISLAND RESORT – B/H-112
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA MARINE TECHNOLOGIES – B/H-043, 044
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA YACHT CLUB – CPB
SPLENDOR BOATS, LLC – L/411A
SPORT BOATS MARINE – L/407, 411
ST. CHARLES YACHT CLUB - B/H-010
STAR GLOW PRODUCTS - B/H-055,065
STOKES MARINE - B/H-050, 051, 052
SUN SPORTS CYCLE & WATERCRAFT – L/101
SUNGLASS HAVEN – B/H-012
SW FLORIDA MARINE WHOLESALE – L/111-113
TEES BY BO – B/H-029,030
THE CAPTAIN SCHOOL – B/H-024
THE MARINA AT EDISON FORD - B/H-011
TOW BOAT U.S. CAPE CORAL - L/601
TRAE ZIPPERER/JOHN R. WOOD PROPERTIES - B/H-003
TRAPPER CUSTOM MARINE – L/201,205
TROPICAL MARINE CONSTRUCTION – B/H-008
ULTRA-SONITEC, LLC - B/H-004,005
UNCOMMON USA - B/H-006
UNDERWATER FISH LIGHT, LLC – B/H-013, 014
VERSADOCK – B/H-125,126,127
VIAGE - W/C-13-15
WAGNER STEVENS YACHTS – W/H-27
WALKER’S MARINE – W/C-32-40 & L/433
WATERPROOF CHARTS - B/H-118
WATERWAY BOAT LIFT COVERS - L/400
WELLS FARGO ADVISORS- KARON RATHGEBER - B/H-119
WILSON YACHT SALES – W/H-30,31
XTREME FISH LIGHTS - H-11
YACHT REGISTRY – W/H-16
YORK ROAD MARINE – L/219,220

 

LOCATION KEY
BOOTHS: B/C Outdoor, B/H Harborside Event Center,
B/H-TA Table Displays Harborside Event Center
F/ – INDOOR BOAT & BULK ACCESSORY DISPLAYS
L/ – LAND DISPLAYS (Boats & Accessories)
W/ – NEW & BROKERAGE BOATS IN-WATER
CPB – CITY PIER BUILDING

Seminars

Fishin’ Frank will be back again throughout all four days of the show with several local guides to discuss inshore and offshore fishing techniques, tides, species, and the best areas of Lee County for tight lines.

Terry Fisher from Fish Face Charters will also return with seminars each day on Trout, Redfish, Snook, and back country fishing techniques.

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Jim “Chiefy” Mathie has spent a lifetime diving the waters of South Florida spearfishing and catching spiny lobster. He will be hosting multiple Spearing and Bug Catching Clinics on Saturday and Sunday of the show which are sure to be an attraction for all ages.

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Mike Hammond, the Blueway Paddling Trail Coordinator, will discuss the beautiful 190-mile marked canoe and kayak trail that meanders through the coastal waters and inland tributaries of Lee County, Florida.

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Welcome to the Water

You sure do not want to miss this area.  There will be a variety of seminars on fishing, boat safety and more.  There will be tackle displays and local guides will be on hand to answer your questions about fishing in Southwest Florida. There will be a kayaking Section, with daily seminars (including fishing from kayaks), products displays, and information about local trails will be featured.  You can throw a kayak on your boat and open up a whole new world of ways to enjoy the water. The U.S. Coast Guard will again have their interactive Boating safety trailer displaying a variety of safety equipment and PFD’s (life jackets).

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Things To Do

This is far more than just a display of boats.  We have the largest display of accessory items of any Boat Show on Florida’s west coast including displays of electronic equipment, motors, fishing equipment, accessories and other items from manufacturers all over the world.  Plus you will find a wide variety of service companies and educational information to help you get the most out of your time on the water.  And, with nautical clothing and gift items, this is a great chance to kick start your Christmas shopping for your family and friends who enjoy the boating lifestyle.

There are a wide variety of food and drinks available.  Inside is the new “Harborside Café” with food and drinks, relaxed seating and a couple of TV’s to catch weekend sports.  In Centennial Park is the popular “Everglades Barbecue” Tent.  The “Yacht Basin Concessions” overlook the beautiful new basin and features a variety of both seafood and traditional items. And right next door, the “Yacht Basin Pub” is a real crowd pleaser with cold beer, wine and cocktails.

Of course, there are are many restaurants within an easy walk of the show.  If you have not been in downtown Ft. Myers lately you will be surprised at how the area has come alive.

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Local Area

If you have not been in downtown Ft. Myers lately you will be surprised at how the area has come alive. There are many restaurants within a very easy walk of the show. Whether you are looking for Italian, Sushi, Casual or Fine Dining, you’ll find them right near by. For a list of restaurants in the downtown Fort Myers area, click here.

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Boat Show Parking

  • There is limited on-site parking at Bay Street and Dean Street.
  • There is a parking garage across the street from the show at Bay Street and Monroe Street.
  • There is parking under the U.S. 41 bridge, two blocks west of the show entrance.
  • There is parking in the Jackson Street Garage (Jackson and Main).  This is only two blocks from the show entrance at the Yacht Basin and Lee Street.
  • Over the weekend there is also plenty of street parking available throughout downtown.
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Additional Information

The Fort Myers Boat Show is owned by the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association.  The association, whose membership includes virtually every boat dealer and marine related company in Southwest Florida, has protected the rights of boaters and promoted boating and the marine industry in Southwest Florida for more than 40 years. The association also owns the BONITA SPRINGS BOAT SHOW, held at the Naples Ft. Myers Greyhound Track in March and the CHARLOTTE COUNTY BOAT SHOW, held at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds in January. The Fort Myers Boat Show is managed by: Good Event Management, (239) 656-7083, info@swfmia.com

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE IS THE BOAT SHOW?

The Boat Show is located in downtown Fort Myers.  The main entrance is at the corner of Bay Street and Dean Street. The show is spread out through the Harborside Event Center, along Edwards Drive and Centennial Park to The Fort Myers Yacht Basin.

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND HOURS?

NOV. 13TH THURSDAY 10AM – 6PM
NOV. 14TH FRIDAY 10AM – 6PM
NOV. 15TH SATURDAY 10AM – 6PM
NOV. 16TH SUNDAY 10AM – 5PM

HOW DO I GET THERE?

The physical address of Harborside is 1375 Monroe Street, Ft. Myers, FL 33901.

From I-75, take Exit 138 (MLK Boulevard). Head west into downtown (about four miles).

From U.S. 41: If you are coming from the south, watch for signs leading you into downtown just before crossing the river. From the north, take the first exit over the river and head east on 1st Street. Once in the downtown area, there are several cross streets, between Lee Street and Monroe Street, that lead to the show.

WHERE DO I PARK?

  • There is limited on-site parking at Bay Street and Dean Street.
  • There is a parking garage across the street from the show at Bay Street and Monroe Street.
  • There is parking under the U.S. 41 bridge, two blocks west of the show entrance.
  • There is parking in the Jackson Street Garage (Jackson and Main). This is only two blocks from the show entrance at the Yacht Basin and Lee Street.
  • Over the weekend there is also plenty of street parking available throughout downtown.

There is a downtown locator map on our website.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND WHERE CAN I ENTER THE SHOW?

Admission is $10.00 per person, with children under 16 free with paid adult admission. We do not have advance ticket sales. It is fast and convenient to buy tickets at the main show entrance (Bay Street and Dean Street) or at the Marina Entrance (Lee Street and Edwards Drive).

WHAT KIND OF BOATS WILL I FIND?

Visitors to the show can leisurely stroll along the docks and board everything from off-shore fishing boats to luxury yachts to dinghy’s to kayaks. There is no other show on Florida’s west coast with a more complete lineup of boats. In-water are both new and Brokerage boats. Indoors and outdoors are hundreds of trailerable boats of every style imaginable.

WHAT IF I ALREADY OWN A BOAT?

This is far more than just a display of boats. We have the largest display of accessory items of any Boat Show on Florida’s west coast including displays of electronic equipment, motors, fishing equipment, accessories and other items from manufacturers all over the world. Plus you will find a wide variety of service companies and educational information to help you get the most out of your time on the water. And, with nautical clothing and gift items, this is a great chance to kick start your Christmas shopping for your family and friends who enjoy the boating lifestyle.

“WELCOME TO THE WATER” BOATING LIFESTYLE AREA

You sure do not want to miss this area in Centennial Park. There will be a variety of seminars on fishing, diving, boat safety and more. There will be tackle displays and local guides will be on hand to answer your questions about fishing in Southwest Florida.

There will be a kayaking Section, with daily seminars (including fishing from kayaks), products displays, and information about local trails will be featured. You can throw a kayak on your boat and open up a whole new world of ways to enjoy the water.

There will be a Boat Maintenance Area, manned by the Ft. Myers Institute of Technology Marine Instructors who can answer questions on motor repair, electronics, and just about every regular maintenance tasks you may be trying to tackle.

The U.S. Coast Guard will again have their interactive Boating safety trailer displaying a variety of safety equipment and PFD’s (life jackets).

WHAT IF I DO NOT OWN A BOAT? ARE THERE OTHER ITEMS?

There will be one-of-a-kind products such as apparel, sun glasses and boat shoes or you can plan your next fishing trip by obtaining information on resorts and marinas. It’s a great opportunity for some early Christmas Shopping.

DO YOU HAVE FOOD AND DRINKS?

There are a wide variety of food and drinks available. Inside is the new “Harborside Café” with food and drinks, relaxed seating and a couple of TV’s to catch weekend sports. In Centennial Park is the popular “Everglades Barbecue” Tent. The “Yacht Basin Concessions” overlook the beautiful new basin and features a variety of both seafood and traditional items. And right next door, the “Yacht Basin Pub” is a real crowd pleaser with cold beer, wine and cocktails.

Of course, there are are many restaurants within an easy walk of the show. If you have not been in downtown Ft. Myers lately you will be surprised at how the area has come alive.

WHO PUTS ON THIS SHOW?

The Fort Myers Boat Show is owned by the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association. The association, whose membership includes virtually every boat dealer and marine related company in Southwest Florida, has protected the rights of boaters and promoted boating and the marine industry in Southwest Florida for more than 40 years. The association also owns the Bonita Springs Boat Show, held at the Naples Ft. Myers Greyhound Track in March and the Charlotte County Boat Show, held at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds in January. For more information, visit www.goboatingflorida.com.

Southwest Florida Marine Industry Association Boat Shows are managed by:

Good Event Management, (239) 656-7083, info@swfmia.com

Other Upcoming Boat Shows:

14th Annual Charlotte County Boat Show
January 15-18th, 2015
Charlotte County Fairgrounds

Bonita Springs Boat Show
March 5th-8th, 2015
Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track

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