The producers of the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show (Oct. 25-29) say they are planning to revive the performance-boating area of the show at this year's event, with Cigarette Boats as the "anchor" company for the revamped showcase.
Steve Sheer, director of marketing of Lauderdale-based Show Management, confirmed that the go-fast section of the show will be revamped, and that "we're promoting it heavily as a themed village inside the show. We're going to have accessory booths and decorate it with checkered flags."
The producers are currently seeking commitments from other builders to hop on the bandwagon, with Deep Impact already signed on. In addition, the popular Florida Powerboat Club, the high-performance poker-run group led by Stu Jones, will have its annual party as following Day #2 of the show on Friday night.
Sheer said that the layout of the show would be modified to lend a higher degree of visibility to the high-performance section. "We changed some land areas that lead out to that section," he explained. "Some canopy tents were actually blocking the view of some of the boats. We've changed that, so now it will be very wide open—you can walk out of one tent and see down onto the docks instead of looking at other tents. The high-performance boats are really going to stick out and look quite impressive, with a big Cigarette on a lift about 25 feet high, and another boat on a high lift over the water as well."
The Lauderdale show's first day will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display, and more plans are underway as well.