It’s time for The Triton’s biggest networking event of the year, the fall Triton Expo. All Triton readers are welcome to join us on Oct. 11 from 5-8 p.m. on the grounds of Universal Marine Center, just off State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale, tucked between Cable Marine and RPM Diesel.
We’ll have about 50 vendors on display that can help yacht captains and crew excel in their jobs and careers. We’ll also have music, food and beverages. This low-key, free trade show typically attracts more than 800 captains, crew, and industry pros, so make plans to join us.
Until then, learn a little more about your favorite yachting publication and the Triton Expo from The Triton Publisher Lucy Reed.
Enjoy an after-party hosted by Universal Marine Center and National Marine Suplliers from 8-10 p.m. at the UMC Tiki Hut
Q. What is The Triton?
We started The Triton in 2004 to provide news and coverage of the people who earn their livings running other people’s yachts. Yes, yachting is a lifestyle, but it’s also a job and for many, a career. We focus our coverage on topics and issues most helpful to that last group, the professionals who are the backbone of the yachting industry.
Bring your food donations to benefit charities of Marine Industry Cares. And medical supplies are being collected for hurricane relief efforts with Medical Support Offshore and YachtAid Global
Q. What makes you different?
Our content. I’m a journalist by training and experience, with about 16 years at daily and weekly newspapers around South Florida before starting The Triton. Our editor, Dorie Cox, has a background in journalism as well as sailing. Our associate editor, Susan Jobe, has been an editor for more than 20 years.
One of the coolest things we do is host a captains lunch. Each month, we gather a handful of yacht captains and spring a topic on them. Then we talk about it for an hour. That story ends up on the front page of The Triton every month and gives other facets of the industry a peak into what makes captains tick, why they do what they do, and how they make some of the decisions they do.
We are also the only publication that hosts regular networking events. On the first and third Wednesdays of most months, we gather for a couple hours to mingle in a casual way outside of the bar scene, giving our readers a chance to meet each other and learn a little more about our business sponsor.
Q Tell us about the Expo.
The Triton Expo started in 2008 as a job fair but quickly evolved into what it is now, a casual trade show-type of event focused on yacht captains and crew. All of the nearly 50 businesses target their goods and services to yacht crew, who make the decisions on who does work on their yachts.
It’s also a great gathering of people and companies who share so much in common. The most powerful way to build a professional network is for crew to meet their peers, other yachties going through similar life and career phases. So much of this industry is accomplished through word-of-mouth, so we want to encourage our guests to never stop building a professional network of contacts for jobs, advice, tips, referrals and just camaraderie.
Q. How can someone get the most out of attending the Triton Expo?
Come willing to meet new people. Sure, grab a glass of wine and sample some snacks, but walk around. Talk to the vendors to find out what they offer. You may not need their services now, but next month or on your next boat, you might.
And have a goal of how many people you want to meet. Crew might make a point of finding three captains to introduce themselves to. Those captains might not be hiring this week, but next week or next month, they might. Captains might want to meet three new stews for that inevitable day when one is needed on short notice.
And all captains and crew can take advantage of the vendors to build their own network of experts who can help them perform their jobs onboard better. When something breaks or the yacht or guest needs something, be the superstar who knows who to call to make it happen.
No need to RSVP to attend the Triton Expo. Just bring business cards and a smile so you can meet some new people and make some new connections. Parking is available but may fill up, so come early, or catch a ride. If you need a ride, call Yachty Rentals (855-55-SCOOT) to schedule a lift.
Click HERE for location directions
Click HERE for Expo Registration Form
Click HERE to learn a little more about The Triton from Publisher Lucy Reed.
Click here for photos from our spring Triton Expo.