Fall Boat Shows

The latest press release says that Fort Lauderdale Boat Show (FLIBS) will be held this year. Informa, French owner of the show, says it is making plans to keep sanitation under control. They just sent out a generic press release that was long on generalities and short on specifics. Based on years of going to FLIBS, preventing the spread of corona in this environment is mission impossible. I have contacted a number of electronics manufacturers and they are not even attending. No booth. No personnel. No exhibit. Indeed, major electronics manufacturers have cancelled travel for the rest of 2020.

The Lauderdale show is usually as much fun as you can have with your clothes on. but this year is going to be problematic. The show is a crowd scene, lots of rubbing elbows, drinking and partying. We have decided to skip the fun and stay in Port Charlotte. Corona is making itself known even in our area and the consequences can be crippling as well as deadly. I walked into a boatyard yesterday and got into the reception area before a voice from the back office yelled to stop. Turns out the yard owner and his wife have been exposed and they are not interacting with anyone.

No word yet on the St Petersburg Boat Show scheduled for first weekend in December. This show is usually a lot of fun, nice people, nice exhibits, and not jam packed so it may happen.

Professionally, the National Marine Electronics Manufacturers Association (NMEA) convention scheduled for September in Orlando is cancelled. International Boatbuilders Exposition and Conference (IBEX) is off too. IBEX is a huge deal for everyone who is serious about any aspect of the boat business. Both shows are planning "virtual" events but have yet to say what form that will take.