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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Got an extra $20 mil for a new yacht? Miami Boat Show

Jim and I were excited at the opportunity to attend the Miami International Boat Show. We had talked about flying down to attend in the past, but somehow it never worked out ....until now!

Our boat was in Key West and as I wrote earlier, BooBoo was living the life of luxury with Sharon and Steve - so off we went to Miami. Not to buy a boat, of course, but there are all those accessories! We must certainly need something!

We met up with Charlie and Brandy, from Bama Belle and off we went. The Convention Center is loaded with vendors and boats of every make. Oh, those new Chris Crafts are amazing. Reminds me of my childhood and "oohing" over the new Chris Crafts out in the yard on Ottawa Beach Road, though they are much smaller and about the same price!

We looked at the Formulas, Sea Rays, Tiaras, Beneteaus and then the accessories. Did you know you can have teak everywhere on your boat without really having teak? The options are unlimited and Hobie - the kayaks are amazing.

We left the convention center with a bag full of literature, weighing 20 pounds and headed on the bus to the Brokers Yacht Show along the ICW. Amazing! The number of boats is beyond counting as we walked and walked along the ICW. We never got to the end, but we did tour a few "big" boats.

Thousands of people attend this show and we very coincidentally ran into an old friend of mine, Rick Lueders. Rick and his wife Susie have a home in Coral Springs as well as Grosse Pointe Park and Rick was walking the show, when we ran into each other. So nice to see him!

You'll be glad to know we did not buy a new boat and Crawdad remains safe in the hands of Jim & Glo with Boo and sometimes Buddy in tow.

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