The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

This weekend, a lady friend of mine was headed to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. I went along for the ride. Larger crafts interested her, things from fifty feet and up. So we spent the day touring the bigger boats.

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

I love things you row, paddle or pole. So these fabulous fiberglass hulls were well out of my league. No question. Ranging from used vessels at a mere $750,000 to new ones topping the 4 million mark, the mega yachts were impressive. Interiors were spacious, comfortable, and beautifully designed.  The workmanship, furniture and fittings were all top notch too. One boat had 8 toilets for Pete’s sake. Their helms hold ever technological gizmo know to the planet. Even the engine rooms were neat as a pin, some boasting over 3000 horsepower.

A lot of though has gone into these floating palaces. Believe me. Yes, the rich and famous demand, and can afford, first class. Nothing déclassé or bush league for these noble folks. And the boat manufacturers know exactly how to cater to them. Everywhere beautiful young women in short, tight, cocktail dresses, smiled you aboard. It felt like you were on a TV game show. King for a day.

No, I’m not thinking of trading in my kayak. Hell, what good would it do me? But I sure would love to attend the parties these yachts host. From the Riviera and Amalfi Coast, to Tahiti and French Polynesia, I know those shindigs would blow your mind!

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