Oct. 16, 5-8 p.m.
It’s time for The Triton’s biggest event of the year — the Triton Expo, this time held on the third Wednesday of October in the parking lot of Global Marine Travel in Fort Lauderdale. A festive environment of more than 50 companies showcase their goods and services for yacht captains and crew. About 1,000 guests are expected. It’s basically a boat show for crew.
As this is our 24th installment of the Triton Expo, we decided to let a few of our long-time exhibitors explain why they participate and what crew can expect when they come, in addition to the music, free food and beverages. It’s one of the strongest networking events in the industry, so make plans to attend.
Why do you exhibit at the Triton Expo?
Nautical Ventures Marine Superstore: We are the “go-to people for fun on the water.” We offer top quality watersports products and support along with a highly trained, experienced, caring staff. The Triton Expo is a great way to show off innovative, new yacht tenders and toys via a one-on-one encounter with yachties.
Sailorman: Ours is a one-of-a-kind store serving the marine community since 1977 with new and used parts and accessories. We serve a wide variety of clientele from the weekend warriors to mega yacht crew and owners. We exhibit at the Triton Expo to connect with crew responsible for clearing out warehouses and managing upgrades on still-functioning equipment so that they can bring us items they would either be tossing or trying to sell on their own. And, it’s a great way to have fun with the marine community and to make contacts with those who may be looking to buy secondhand products.
GMT: Global Marine Travel is the industry leader in special airfares for the maritime industry. We specialize in one-way, refundable, changeable marine airfares issued through our staff of agents. We exhibit at the Triton Expo to shake hands and network. And because we support the industry business community. Exhibiting supports The Triton.
What is your favorite part of the Triton Expo?
Sailorman: That’s a toughie. The games? The freebies? The free food and booze? What’s not to like? But I love the atmosphere most! Everyone is there to exhibit, but moreso to have fun. You can learn about different companies and the products and services they offer in a non-traditional setting without any high pressure sales pitches.
Nautical Ventures: Our favorite part of the Triton Expo is meeting like-minded boaters who are passionate about what they do and love this industry.
GMT: Our favorite part is seeing crew that have come before and hearing where they are now, where their career has taken then. It’s really great to catch up when they come back.
What would you tell a crew member who has never been to the Expo before?
Nautical Ventures: The Triton Expo is a great way to check out goods and services in a casual and friendly atmosphere. You’re surrounded by experts of all types and will walk away with more knowledge and information than you came with. Plus, the food and drink isn’t bad.
If you’ve never been, check out these photos from our spring event.
Sailorman: The Triton Expo is a great social event. Even if networking isn’t your thing, a good time meeting lots of people in the industry is a sure thing. And hey, you may even win one of the many great prizes.
GMT: Come enjoy, but be professional. It’s not a drink fest, and that’s what I like about it. Yes, there are drinks there, but it’s for networking.
All yacht captains, crew and industry readers of The Triton are welcome to join us for the Triton Expo on Oct. 16 from 5-8 p.m. Find us at 1800 S.E. 10th Ave. (33316), just off 17th Street and across from Outback Steakhouse. No need to RSVP; just bring business cards and a smile so you can meet some new people.