One of the Southwest Florida's most highly anticipated events is just on the horizon.
The 41st annual Fort Myers Boat Show at Harborside Event Center and City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin is coming Thursday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Widely considered the premier boat show on Florida's west coast, the event features even more boats of just about every type and size imaginable. Show attendees can tour a large assortment of boat types both in, and out of water, luxury yachts and off-shore fishing boats to dinghies and kayaks.
New to the show this year guests can discover how easy it is to get into boating at the "You Can Afford to Go Boating" area in Centennial Park. This special section includes a display of boats that can be purchased on a budget of $250 or less per month. Informational signs accompany each boat allowing visitors to gather more information at their leisure.
Resorts and marinas also will be on hand to help guests plan stays and waterfront trips. Vendors will showcase the latest in boating accessories, electronics, marine financing and insurance, motors and fishing gear.
Now in its 41st year, the show includes seminars on fishing and boat safety with local guides on hand to answer questions and present instruction about Southwest Florida fishing.
The show also features a large kayaking section with information about Lee County's Great Calusa Blueway paddling trails and returning is the U.S. Coast Guard with their interactive boating safety trailer displaying a variety of safety equipment.
"Our show continues to grow and this year's promises to be the best yet. There will be a large selection of boats, accessories and activities, all situated around the beautiful new downtown river basin and Harborside Event Center," said John Good, event manager.
Food and beverages will be available inside the event as well as several new downtown venues. Admission is $10 per person, per day and free for children under 16 with a paid adult admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
For more information about the show, visit www.goboatingflorida.com/41st-annual-fort-myers-boat-show.
The Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association plays an active role in the local community, working to protect the rights boating consumers and member businesses. They operate the website www.goboatingflorida.com, for the latest news, resources and advice from industry experts.