Show Management Technician David Paternina is the man with the plans.
During the week leading up to the Feb. 11 opening day of the Yachts Miami Beach boat show, dozens of dock crew and staff were carrying Paternina’s plans and referencing them in order to park yachts in the right spots and send exhibitors and deliveries in the right direction.
“If I measure from end to end, it’s 1.8 miles,” Paternina said about the length of space he fills using AutoCAD software.
Paternina said that length is misleading because it is only the distance that the docks span from north to south. The actual dockside measurement is more than five times that length.
“We have about 12,000 pieces of docks,” he explained. Some of those are 10 feet, others 40 feet, he added.
There are nine pages of 11 by 17-inch maps showing the master plan for the layout of the show, right down to the trees. “We try to make it to scale,” Paternina said about the layouts. “It’s 1/50th to scale, so people can still read it.”
Paternina starts his layout almost a year before the show opens, he said, and he’s done so for four years now. His background in surveying made him right for the job, he said.
He works closely with Show Management salespeople who sell the dockside spaces. The clients notify Show Management of how many yachts they are bringing, and then the yacht dimensions are delivered to Paternina who enters them into the design program attached to company names.
For 30 years Paternina was a surveyor of marinas throughout Florida. And when the previous technician left, Paternina stepped in.
“And I’ve been doing ever since,” he said.
Suzette Cook is Editor of The Triton. Comments on this story are welcome at email@example.com. For more info on the Yachts Miami Beach boat show visit www.showmanagement.com.