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Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2017

In case you didn't make it out to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, here's a recap.

It was what seems like a Suzuki takeover at the Convention Center, no engine seemed to have made a bigger impact.

The Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show keeps getting bigger, by that I mean, bigger in the average boat size than in the footprint of the show. The premier yacht show has always had the mega-yachts, but now it seems the show has all but excluded the average angler looking to find a trailerable, inexpensive center console. But, let the good times roll. And judging from the activity on some of the $500K+ center consoles, there are plenty of people who can play in this space.

With a little effort, especially at the Convention Center, you could find purpose-built fishing boats worth going to the show for. And several of them have show specials making it worth your while to go.

And if you're looking for boat accessories, electronics or just a fun day of people-watching, the show is worth the price of admission. . . and that's not cheap.

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