November 19 - November 22 , 2015
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Harborside Event Center, Fort Myers
The 43rd Annual Fort Myers Boat Show will take place Nov. 19 through 22 at Harborside Event Center, located at 1375 Monroe Street, and the City Yacht Basin, located at 1300 Lee Street.
Organizers say this year’s event is shaping up to be the biggest show in the last several years with new features and more manufacturers and boats on display than ever before.
New this year is the “Be A Diver” pool (beadiver.com) located in the boat ramp area. This unique, interactive display allows show visitors to get in the 20-foot by 30-foot, 15,000-gallon mobile pool with certified instructors and experience the basics of scuba diving. Dressing rooms, towels, the newest diving equipment including wetsuits and fins, air compressors and a registration pavilion are included in this new attraction.
More than 500 boats, 160 accessory booths, 100 different boat lines and a variety of how-to and boating information displays will be present at this year’s show.
Boat types will include inflatables, personal watercrafts, skiffs, bay boats, flats boats, center console boats, pontoon boats, deck boats, cruising boats, performance boats and more. In water at the City Yacht Basin will be both new and brokerage boats of every description to nearly 80 feet in length.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U.S. Power Squadron, Homeland Security, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Lee County Marine Task Force will also have displays and be sharing information on boating safety, regulations and how to make the most of one’s time on the water.
In Centennial Park, the expanded “Fishin’ Frank’s Fishin’ Village” will have its own mini-fishing show. Highlights will include tackle displays with factory representatives on hand, a seminar area with local charter captains talking about inshore and offshore fishing, a casting tank and the popular fishing simulator, which gives visitors a chance for a virtual battle with everything from bass to marlin.
Numerous food and drink options will also be available throughout the show from barbecue and seafood to the “Yacht Basin Pub.” Each paid admission to the show includes a “Buy One, Get One Free” drink coupon at one of five different downtown restaurants.
The Fort Myers Boat Show runs Thursday, Nov.19 through Sunday, Nov. 22. Hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, and children younger than 16 are free with a paid adult admission. A variety of parking options are available throughout downtown.
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.
For more information about the Fort Myers Boat Show, call 239-656-7083, [email protected] or visit http://goboatingflorida.com/fort-myers-boat-show