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FLIBS. Insight

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by MBevins, Oct 26, 2021.

  1. MBevins

    MBevins Senior Member

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    Heading to the show tomorrow for 2 days. I've not been to this show before so I'm looking for some insight on best locations.

    I'm not looking for a Large boat , or any boat for that matter, I plan on hitting the convention hall as I'm contemplating a new bow thruster. I figure one day there, that leaves me the second day to dock walk. Question is which dock?
  2. Ken Bracewell

    Ken Bracewell Senior Member

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    You should go to Bahia Mar. It's centrally located, all the contractors and manufacturers displays are around, and that's where the food trucks and beer tents are located.
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  3. MBevins

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    Thanks, that's very helpful.
    Based on weather prediction I guess I'm doing that tomorrow.
    I'm assuming that there's a bunch of display/booths in the convention center as well so want to do that on the crappy weather day.
  4. olderboater

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    Chamber of Commerce for Fort Lauderdale: We have no crappy weather days. Only some slightly less perfect than others.
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  5. MBevins

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    LOL we say the same thing on this side.
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    Seriously though as nearly perfect weather for FLIBS this year, only spotty showers one day and spotty showers are normal, here briefly and quickly all memory of them gone.
  7. MBevins

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    Having finally found a show layout I'm now of the opinion there in nothing at the convention center other than parking. Can someone confirm this?
  8. YachtForums

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    Checking the latest forecast, best to be outside tomorrow and inside on Thursday. Friday should be cool and dry. The show will have a smaller signature this year due to reduced inventory. Categories may be shuffled to different locations because of this.

    I was going suggest looking at the FLIBS website for vendor location but instead, it’s now on my blacklist. The blatant collection of personal data, requiring you to accept their terms to proceed is wrong on every level. They have no regard for user or attendee privacy. I stopped registering for media credentials because you are soon bombarded with spam.

    Couple years ago I took a picture of a billboard outside the entrance to FLIBS that required attendees to scan their drivers licenses. Is that information really any of their business???
  9. captainwjm

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    No need to do the convention center, a waste of time IMO
  10. MBevins

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    What's in there?
    I can't find anything in that venue
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    The Convention Center is typically trailer boats, mostly center consoles flanked by outboard motor manufacturers. They may have a couple halls open upstairs for smaller vendors of marine products.
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    For a bow thruster, I highly recommend looking at Side Power.
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  13. olderboater

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    You can pull up many useful maps on FLIBS website and if you select "Convention Center" get a good idea of who is showing. Similarly, lots of information on who is exhibiting and on boats being shown. Website greatly enhanced from prior years. They also have mobile applications for both iPhones and Android.
  14. MBevins

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    I got the app, I'll have to dig a little deeper
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    A lot easier on the web site where you can go around convention center and see who each exhibitor is. I'd have to imagine on the app it's a bit small if there at all.
  16. MBevins

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    I agree, used both to find the information.
    Thanks everyone for your input.