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Coronavirus Florida: Enjoy a virtual boat show today

Palm Beach Post - 3/27/2020

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Along with everything else, the coronavirus pandemic has canceled almost all of the events that South Floridians look forward to each year, including the annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, which was supposed to take place this weekend along the Flagler waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach.

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However a Broward County-based boat dealer has found a way for disappointed potential buyers and those who just enjoy touring pretty boats to get a taste of the boat show without leaving their homes.

"None of the biggest boat shows of the year are happening," explains Bob Denison, whose Denison Yachting, which also has an office in Palm Beach Gardens, had planned to bring 30 boats to the show this weekend.

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At least in person - today, the company is sponsoring a virtual boat show that will feature video walk-throughs of more than 100 vessels, interviews with industry personalities including Captain Lee from Bravo's "Below Deck" and sales experts.

"It's certainly disappointing, but our company does things digitally anyway. We have a library of 400 to 500 walk-through videos, so we figured out how to make that interactive," Denison says. "We're also going to livestream with brokers and people interested in talking with them."

The walk-through videos are about 10 to 15 minutes long, comprehensive tours of each vessel, all of which are for sale, Denison says. " We've tried really hard to make these videos something like what walking through a boat with an expert would be."

"Part of the challenge of being either a real estate agent or a yacht broker in South Florida is that it's hard to do an open house right now. This is a solution."

If you log in: The Virtual Yacht Show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. See the site for more details.

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