Fort Lauderdale show unveils 2011 additions

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Organizers of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which runs Oct. 27-31, announced new features they said will create a more convenient and exciting visitor experience.

Greeters and information centers: Show attendees will not need to look far to find strategically placed and uniformed boat show greeters who will answer questions about navigating the largest boat show in the world. Twenty-two specially trained greeters will be stationed throughout the show each day during show hours.

Captain's Den and Trawler Port: Show-goers also can expect to see an even larger display of some of the largest yachts in the show; there will be a new megayacht layout at the north end of Bahia Mar, the show's central location. Additional enhancements include a new Captain's Den at the Hall of Fame Marina that will offer captains of boats in the show a place to meet and relax. Trawler Port, a show-within-a-show of long-range cruisers, will offer an impressive display of these specialty vessels, along with seminars supporting the long-range cruising lifestyle.

Other show activities include marine seminars, fishing clinics, live musical entertainment and an International Food Garden. Back again is the Drop N' Go dock, where boats as large as 40 feet can drop off or pick up guests at the Atlass Dock at the Hall of Fame Marina on the Intracoastal Waterway.

The show is produced by Show Management, a division of Active Interest Media, which owns Soundings Trade Only.

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