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2020 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show: POLL

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Will you attend the 2020 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show?

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  1. Capt Ralph

    Capt Ralph Senior Member

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    Who is it pushing for the show and why?
    The county, tax revenue?

    The dealers, just to show some boats to some people?

    The marinas forcing the dealers to make a show?
    Docks, people and lots of other equipment is not free and I'm sure contracted years in advance.
    Cancellation penalties are must be expensive also.
  2. Capt J

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    The county gave it a whole hearted approval. BUT, I believe Show Management are the ones pushing hard for the show. Keep in mind they delayed Palm Beach once to a later date before cancelling. From what I hear from the grapevine, a good number of yacht manufacturers are not going.
  3. olderboater

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    The show managers who need it to take place to be able to retain the money they've been paid. If you paid for a slip and the show takes place and you don't show, that's your problem. If the show doesn't happen, then the promoters have the problem.
  4. Capt Ralph

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    There ya go.
  5. bayoubud

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    FLIBS is definitely important to the boating industry. If Marine Industries is willing to make the investment to put the show on, then good luck...hope it goes well. It might turn out to be a good show without the usual huge crowds. If in a buying mode we would go if there were boats of interest to look at.
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    The car shows are important to that industry, electronics, jewelry, etc. etc. Everybody wants to make money. We get that. Sturgis did the same thing. Hear all the stories of fun that was had? No, you're hearing how infections spiked on all the states surrounding it where the riders came from. This could backfire on the industry and the city.
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    We haven't decided on whether or not to go.
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    Yes, we will go .
  9. olderboater

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    And how long will it take you to make the 6 mile drive? lol
  10. bayoubud

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    Still don't think it will be crowded as usual. So, on a smaller scale a safer environment for those that attend. Florida's industry is tourism and boating. Go for it and stay safe!
  11. Capt Ralph

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    How do you go for it and stay safe at the same time.
    Going for it puts you at risk around other people you do not know.
    Staying safe is not going around people you do not know.
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    I think most people that attend feel ok with the exposure. I would not go unless feeling comfortable with the rules they are setting up. Supposed to be similar to Disney. My point is if they are going to have the show there will be people attending. We will have to wait and see how many attend. I hope they have a successful show for all of the vendors, local businesses, and employees.
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    More important will be how they feel about the exposure about 3 weeks after.
  14. olderboater

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    I believe the show can be relatively safe for those who attend. Note, I said "can be" as I don't know whether it will be or not, how strongly they will enforce the protocols established. However, I do not feel it can be a successful show and most definitely not a successful international show. I don't see those with spaces rented getting their money's worth. Perhaps brokers and others will get the equivalent of a Palm Beach show at FLIBS prices. Local brokers will likely show, but many builders have already said they will not be there and international customers and builders just cannot make it.

    I still don't personally think it will happen, put odds at less than 50%, but it may. May even be successful for some, but not for others. May be a spreader event but doesn't have to be.

    The show taking place will be very inconsistent with everything else scheduled and cancelled in Fort Lauderdale.
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    The problem isn't the rules. It's people from all over the world/country bumping elbows with you. Then someone has it, they spread it to 4 people who take it to 4 different places in the world. This is how it spread in the first place.

    Who wants to go to the show when half of the vendors and manufacturers won't be there? I can name half a dozen main stream yacht builders that everyone knows, that won't be there.
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    Yes, what is interesting is all the FL people coming and one exhibitor from California has said he is, but no foreign customers or builders have posted here or been mentioned as coming and no others flying in, just driving, outside of Mag Bay.

    As to people from all over the world bumping elbows, I see no indication people from all over the world will be there.
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    IF it happens, I'm sure there will be some vendors from various countries and their employees. I'm sure there will be some foriegn buyers/lookers at the show.....perhaps even ones that have been here a while but then will go home to another country. Who knows.
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    I called people out as Less Than Smart in an early post (sense deleted).
    No matter what you do for your self, There are others out there that will get under the fence and carry a cloud of exposure with them.
    SPS is what brought the bug to us and keeps it around now.
  19. bayoubud

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    Could be the people that show up are buyers.
  20. Capt Ralph

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    Hope so. Wish them well.

    Who knows if the buyers, sellers, gaukers are safe or not is my query.

    You think you are going to get quality time to look around and somebody else has cleaned every surface, hand hold, door knob and hatch latch well before and after your short visit?

    Buyers can find lots of pictures and comparables on line for near any model boat. The listings at the dock, I am sure are already on line.
    Any broker worth a dime, has hundreds more pictures to e-mail you.
    If you are still interested, make a private appointment with the boat and lower the SPS ratio.
    These appointments will also allow you more time to examine the boat.
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