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Boats.com signs on as CruiserPort sponsor

Boats.com said it is the official sponsor of the CruiserPort seminar series at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which opens Thursday.

Boats.com said it is the official sponsor of the CruiserPort seminar series at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which opens Thursday.

The series, set to run from Thursday through Saturday during the five-day boat show, features cruising powerboats and seminars designed for buyers and owners who want to adopt the power cruising lifestyle, including technical classes and briefings on destinations.

Boats.com, which said it focuses on connecting boating enthusiasts researching their passion through editorial content with boats for sale, said the sponsorship is a perfect fit. Sponsoring the CruiserPort Seminar Series provides boats.com with the opportunity to deliver this experience in person.

Boats.com said it provides boating enthusiasts with more than 230,000 boats for sale online and more than 20,000 pieces of editorial content.

“As the leading lifestyle and content site in the boating industry, boats.com’s mission is to be the go-to resource for every level of boater, from first-time buyers to lifelong boaters. We’re thrilled to be sponsoring CruiserPort, as it allows us to deliver that experience in person and to connect on an individual level with the people who are at the heart of what we do,” Boats.com brand manager Katie Jackson said in a statement.

“The partnership between AIM and boats.com is a natural one,” CruiserPort organizer Will Carlsen said. “In addition to their extensive database of boat listings, boats.com is the go-to resource for boating news, DIY tutorials, blog posts, videos and reviews, so it’s a very comfortable fit with the CruiserPort philosophy.”

Highlights of the seminar series include “Confident Boat Handling in Close Quarters” with Bob Sweet, author of Powerboat Handling Illustrated and The Instant Handbook of Boat Handling; “Offshore Cruising,” with famed circumnavigator Bruce Kessler; and “Cruising the Keys,” with nationally recognized instructors Capts. Chris and Alyse Caldwell.

The seminar series will take place in a tent on the B dock. Series attendees automatically will be entered in a prize draw, courtesy of boats.com. The winner will be announced during each seminar.

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