Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – Day 4

Some of the many guests aboard Allure Shadow for the Halloween Party

Sunday it might be, but as actors say between themselves, the show must go on and so it is with us and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and as specialist travel journalists who report specifically about super yachts we were working hard this Sunday as well.

With record breaking high temperatures for this time of the year in Fort Lauderdale it is important for showgoers to wear a hat and drink plenty of water and that is exactly what we did.

Our first act was to return to the scene of the crime, so to speak, in that we revisited Allure Shadow the toy carrying super yacht that was the scene of yesterday’s super yacht Buccaneers Bash, a Halloween party super yacht style. This time we were here not to party but to interview our hosts of last evening for a business to business feature which will be published in SuperYacht Business magazine.

Tom Gonzales who with his son founded the company that was to become Commerce One, the first to focus on selling office automation software to banks. He became the owner of a big white super yacht when he sold his company and then bought a Shadow Boat to carry the toys. He fell so in love with his shadow boat that he sold his white boat and created Shadow Marine to build Shadow Boats and Allure Shadow is the most recent incarnation of that process.

We then visited with the owner of Blind Date to get more information and personal input about this great Trinity yacht that we toured yesterday.

The docks are full of strollers and small children very few of who seem to be protected from the ravages of the Florida sunshine. There were so many that we have re named Sunday at the show and for ever more, we will call it Nappy Day.

We also spent time with Pendennis Shipyards, Camper & Nicholson Marinas and set up several interviews and site visits for the days that follow the show.