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2012 Fort Myers Boat Show

JUST THE FAQS

(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 and along Edwards Drive to The Fort Myers Yacht Basin

 WHAT ARE THE DATES AND HOURS?

NOV. 8TH         THURSDAY                10AM – 6PM

NOV. 9TH         FRIDAY                    10AM – 6PM

NOV. 10TH       SATURDAY                10AM – 6PM

NOV. 11TH       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 that lead to the show, between Lee Street and Monroe Street.

WHERE DO I PARK?

  • There is 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. 
  • Only two blocks from the show entrance at Edwards Drive and Lee Street is the Jackson Street parking garage.
  • Over the weekend there is also plenty of street parking available throughout downtown  

There is a downtown locator map on our web site.  www.fortmyersboatshow.com

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Admission is $9.00 per person, with children under 12 free. 

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 outside are hundreds of trailerable boats of every style imaginable.  

WHAT IF 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 you 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”     You sure do not want to miss this area.  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.

Check out the latest in Diving equipment and talk to local diving enthusiasts from the Caloosa Dive Club.   Dive experts can give you loads of information about where to go or to help get started if you are a novice to the sport.

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).

 

BOAT BUILDING FESTIVAL

We are very excited that Sharon and David Bickel of the Shipwright Shop are bringing their Boat Building Festival to the Fort Myers Boat Show, November 8-11.  The first festival was held at our spring show and if you missed it, be sure not to miss it this November. 

Several teams of students each built a 12’ Bevin’s Skiff from scratch throughout the show.  They all started out a little skeptical but by the end, and with the encouragement of experienced instructors, everyone had a great time.   They start with no real knowledge of carpentry or craftsmanship and not only learn new skills, learn teamwork and the challenge of friendly competition, but feel the sense of accomplishment of building a fully seaworthy skiff .

They are still in need of team sponsors.  This is an opportunity for our member businesses to support a great project, increase exposure at the show and have some fun.  All of our sponsors from the spring show were very pleased that they had participated.

For information, contact Sharon or David Bickel.  The Shipwright Shop.  239-267-7526, or bickelsharon@gmail.com. www.theshipwrightshop.com.

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 is the “Centennial Food Court” with a wide variety of specialty themed food stations, thirst quenching drinks and ample seating. A great place to get off your feet and relax in the shade of an umbrella. Want a little more action and some music? Then check out the Yacht Basin Pub, a real crowd pleaser with cold beer, wine and cocktails.  And there are many restaurants within a very 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 FORT MYERS SPRING BOAT SHOW, held at the Lee Civic Center in March and the CHARLOTTE COUNTY BOAT SHOW, held at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds in January. 

For more information visit http://www.goboatingflorida.com.

The Fort Myers Boat Show is managed by: Good Event Management, (954) 570-7785,

john @goodeventmanagement.com

Updated Sept 7, 2012

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