The 10th annual Southeast Florida Marina and Boatyard Study Tour by the Association of Marina Industries is scheduled to take place Nov. 1-2 between Dania Beach and Miami.
The study tour is a mobile classroom that takes participants on private, exclusive tours of southeast Florida marinas and boatyards just a few days ahead of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Each day of the tour closes with a facilitated discussion and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analyses on each property.
Included in the study tour is a two-night stay at the host hotel, Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, two breakfasts, two lunches, on-site transportation to and from each marina and eight site visits to tour and analyze each marina and boatyard, with a SWOT analysis collaboration at the conclusion of each day.
The price starts at $1,195.
The study tour will visit Crandon Park Marina; Rickenbacher Marina; Island Gardens Deep Harbour Marina; Haulover Marine Center; Harbour Towne Marina; Port Condominium and Marina; and the Lauderdale Marine Center.
There also will be a Marina 101 course, a four-hour “Walk the Docks — First Impressions” introduction course geared to people who have little or no marina experience and are looking to enter the industry. The course will be held Oct. 31 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay. It costs $100 for those who are registered for the study tour and $250 for those who are not.
Marina 101 offers two sessions within the course, each about two hours long. The first session will look at the here and now of marina operations, and the second will look into the future and what people need to know about being a part of a marina for the long term.