Threat of Hurricane Sandy has organizers and exhibitors preparing for high … – Sun

“Obviously, we continue to still watch the weather very closely, but we’re not seeing anything that the show can’t handle,” boat show spokesman Daniel Grant said. “The large boats are being reinforced, but the show’s been built to withstand tropical storm-force winds.”

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida owns the boat show, which attracts more than 100,000 visitors and has an economic impact of $500 million. The group, which is monitoring constant weather updates, released a statement Wednesday saying that the event “will be open for business and following all normal operational schedules … although preparations and precautions are being made and will continue to be made as necessary.”

One change because of high winds was to reschedule the aerial flyover and fireworks show, planned for 10 a.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday, respectively. The flyover will now be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday followed by the fireworks at 7. In addition, more pilings were driven into the bottom at some of the marinas so big boats could be battened down.

Some exhibitors were not taking any chances. Bob Crow, a broker with Denison Yacht Sales, said the lines that secure the company’s motoryachts to their docks were upgraded to ones that can better withstand the winds, which could gust to 60 mph, and the waves that result from the storm.

“It pays to be prepared, just in case,” Crow said.

That type of attitude is common, said Grant.

“Most of the exhibitors at the show are such experienced yachtsmen themselves, a little bit of foul weather doesn’t get them down,” he said, adding that “security and safety are priority No. 1.”

Among the precautions taken by Capt. Kelly Esser, the skipper of the 130-foot Mary Alice II, which is listed for $8.95 million and on display at the Las Olas Marina, was to put out the boat’s anchors once the motoryacht was secured to its floating dock, “which we normally would not do.”

The anchors will help keep the boat from moving around too much in the event of strong winds and waves, which reduces the pressure on the pilings to which Mary Alice II is tied.

“Otherwise, there’s not much more we can do,” Esser said. “We’ll make sure the fenders are tied down in case the wind is more than normal and we won’t have our exterior screens and cushions out.”

Other exhibitors, such as Harry Vernon III of Capt. Harry’s Fishing Supply, which has two booths at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, were not concerned about Sandy.

“It’s a hurricane?” said Vernon when told the storm had been upgraded from a tropical storm Wednesday morning. “Everybody here is setting up and it looks like everybody’s having a good time.”


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Threat of Hurricane Sandy has organizers and exhibitors preparing for high … – Sun

“Obviously, we continue to still watch the weather very closely, but we’re not seeing anything that the show can’t handle,” boat show spokesman Daniel Grant said. “The large boats are being reinforced, but the show’s been built to withstand tropical storm-force winds.”

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida owns the boat show, which attracts more than 100,000 visitors and has an economic impact of $500 million. The group, which is monitoring constant weather updates, released a statement Wednesday saying that the event “will be open for business and following all normal operational schedules … although preparations and precautions are being made and will continue to be made as necessary.”

One change because of high winds was to reschedule the aerial flyover and fireworks show, planned for 10 a.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday, respectively. The flyover will now be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday followed by the fireworks at 7. In addition, more pilings were driven into the bottom at some of the marinas so big boats could be battened down.

Some exhibitors were not taking any chances. Bob Crow, a broker with Denison Yacht Sales, said the lines that secure the company’s motoryachts to their docks were upgraded to ones that can better withstand the winds, which could gust to 60 mph, and the waves that result from the storm.

“It pays to be prepared, just in case,” Crow said.

That type of attitude is common, said Grant.

“Most of the exhibitors at the show are such experienced yachtsmen themselves, a little bit of foul weather doesn’t get them down,” he said, adding that “security and safety are priority No. 1.”

Among the precautions taken by Capt. Kelly Esser, the skipper of the 130-foot Mary Alice II, which is listed for $8.95 million and on display at the Las Olas Marina, was to put out the boat’s anchors once the motoryacht was secured to its floating dock, “which we normally would not do.”

The anchors will help keep the boat from moving around too much in the event of strong winds and waves, which reduces the pressure on the pilings to which Mary Alice II is tied.

“Otherwise, there’s not much more we can do,” Esser said. “We’ll make sure the fenders are tied down in case the wind is more than normal and we won’t have our exterior screens and cushions out.”

Other exhibitors, such as Harry Vernon III of Capt. Harry’s Fishing Supply, which has two booths at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, were not concerned about Sandy.

“It’s a hurricane?” said Vernon when told the storm had been upgraded from a tropical storm Wednesday morning. “Everybody here is setting up and it looks like everybody’s having a good time.”


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