Every April, The Triton gets a year older and, hopefully, wiser. We like to take this time to celebrate our anniversary (this month begins our 12th year publishing The Triton) and celebrate with our yachting family and friends.
And the best way to do that is with the Triton Expo, a low-key trade show for the professionals who earn their livings running and caring for other people’s yachts. Captains, crew, and industry are welcome to join us with great networking, some tasty treats and adult beverages.
About 40 vendors will be scattered around the Expo on April 15 (the third Wednesday of the month), ready to discuss their particular products and services for those who might need them (or even if you don’t, it’s always good to make a new contact because you never know when you might need them). We usually welcome a crowd of 400-500, so it’s always a great mix of people.
Triton Expo. Triton file photo
In an effort to keep things fresh — this is our 14th semi-annual Triton Expo, after all — we’re setting up on the grounds at Bahia Mar Yachting Center. Under new ownership this past year, managers at Bahia Mar have been eager to interact with the yachting industry in different ways.
Bahia Mar, the 250-slip marina on the ICW south of Las Olas Boulevard bridge, was bought last summer by Miami real estate investors Tate Capital and Rok Acquisition, along with Rialto Capital Management and RCI Marine. They have reached out to different facets of the yachting and local communities with the hopes of keeping the iconic, 65-year-old facility a prime draw in Ft. Lauderdale.
Earlier this year, it welcomed its largest yacht ever, the 312-foot Lurssen M/Y Kismet. Plans to dredge the ICW in front of the marina promise even bigger and better things, not to mention that they are committed to remaining home to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
So join us on the third Wednesday in April from 5-8 p.m. on the northeast parking lot at Bahia Mar, the same place where the entrance tent for the Ft. Lauderdale boat show is normally erected. Bring business cards and a smile. If you need a ride, call Yachty Rentals (855-55-SCOOT) and Rai or one of his team will come pick you up between 4:30 and 5:30.
Until then, learn a little more about The Triton from its owners, David and Lucy Reed.
- Why do this sort of event? Your usual first-Wednesday and third-Wednesday events are usually hosted by one company, aren’t they?
David: Putting on a Triton event takes a bit of money to provide food, drinks and entertainment for more than 200 people. Some of our smaller advertisers and supporters can’t afford it, so we came up with this idea to give them a chance to promote their businesses to Triton readers.
Only our advertisers can host a monthly event. It’s one little way we can help the companies that keep us in business.
Lucy: And it helps crew, too. Meeting these companies and understanding what they do only builds your network. The rock stars in this industry are the ones who know everyone, who know who to call when they need something or when an emergency happens. We’re really just trying to connect people.
- Are you raising money for a charity this time?
David: Sort of. All the tip jars at the bars will go toward The Triton’s Spin-A-Thon team, which will make its way to the Marine Industry Cares Foundation. The Spin-A-Thon is a really great event. A group of people can make a team, or it can be just one rider. The idea is to keep that spin bike (those stationary bikes you see in the gym) moving for 360 minutes, the whole of a compass.
Lucy: I just ride an hour, maybe two, but the event is so high-energy. The music is great, a lot of businesses set up booths and activities on the grass, and it’s all for a good cause. It’s April 25 this year at Esplanade Park in Ft. Lauderdale. It’s a really fun way for a crew to spend a day together, doing something fun and challenging.
- What do you get out of it?
David: We get to help our advertisers and provide an opportunity for people to get together away from a bar.
Lucy: And I always meet new crew doing interesting things, which helps fill the pages of this newspaper.
Triton Expo is Wednesday, April 15, from 5-8 p.m. in the northeast parking lot at Bahia Mar. (801 Seabreeze Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, 33316). All yacht crew and industry pros are welcome. No charge, no RSVP. See you there.
AME Advanced Mechanical Enterprises
Atlantic Radio Telephone
Blue Star Marine
Crew Unlimited/CU Yacht Charters
Crew 4 Yachts
Dutchy’s Gourmet Sausages
International Crew Training
Medical Support Offshore
MPT Maritime Professional Training
MWM Marine Waste Management
National Marine Suppliers
Port Noise Electronics
PYT Professional Yachtmaster Training
RPM Diesel Engine
The International Seakeepers Society
Superyacht Insurance Group
Tess Marine Electric
TK Oriental fine Foods
Viking Surf ’Sup
World of Yachting
Yacht Entertainment Systems