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Old 04-30-2019, 05:49 AM
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Default Ft Lauderdale airshow.... by boat ???

Here in central Florida it's possible to watch the Melbourne airshow in the Indian river. From what I can tell the ft Lauderdale airshow is over the beach... is it possible to anchor up off the beach to enjoy the show? My kids saw the Thunderbirds last year in Melbourne, so it would be awesome to see the Angels this year in ft Lauderdale.

My guess is that local law enforcement and coast guard will create a safe area (restricted to boaters). Is this the case? And if so, has anyone on here attempted this? How close CAN you get?

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Yes, 1nm offshore basically. It will be well marked and enforced. Find info here

https://fortlauderdaleairshow.com/viewing-from-a-boat/
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Done it many times and its a great way to view the show if the conditions are good. If you are planning on coming, "early" is the key word. if you are trailering, launch early as the ramps will be crazy busy that day, and get to a spot in front of Sunrise Boulevard on the east edge of the safety zone and anchor as early as you can. The show normally starts around 10 am.
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Great info thanks!
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IMO, watching the show by boat is the best place to see it from!
But as Holy Crap says all the ramps are insanely busy, and if the ocean is rough, it makes for an unpleasant day.
I remember years ago it was too rough for my 21' boat, I had the Hobie Cat out, so I sailed down to watch the show. There were many, many people getting sick over the side of the boats... it was bad!

On a calm day there'll be 1000+ boats out there, and when it's over half of them have to be in the inlet "right now". Boat wakes will make the ocean a 3' washmachine almost instantly.

How's your anchoring skills?

"Lets go to the airshow by boat, they said! It'll be fun, they said!"
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Conditions for this weekend are pretty good, only forecasting 1-2 foot seas. I would expect it to be packed. 1 mile out isn't bad, about 100-150 feet of water.
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Here's a map with the "no boat zone". https://fortlauderdaleairshow.com/viewing-from-a-boat/
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Which public boat ramp would serve me best if I stay at the Hilton at the ft Lauderdale marina? Considering checking in Friday night and launching at sunrise. Or docking the boat at any other affordable hotel with dockage. 130 a night for a 19' cc is too steep for me (ft Lauderdale marina price . . 40' and less)!
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Tough call. It is a great show, but lots of boats. Maybe go out a bit deeper and soak some baits
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Think they'll allow us to fly 2 kites? Start the drift 300' or is that restricted air space

This map will show you the public ramps, https://public.myfwc.com/LE/boatramp...CountyMap.aspx -- Broward County. 15th street ramp may do the trick for you.
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Which public boat ramp would serve me best if I stay at the Hilton at the ft Lauderdale marina? Considering checking in Friday night and launching at sunrise. Or docking the boat at any other affordable hotel with dockage. 130 a night for a 19' cc is too steep for me (ft Lauderdale marina price . . 40' and less)!
$130 is a bargain to not have to deal with the ramps. Look on craigslist might be able to rent a dock for the weekend.
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90' is where we we're a few years ago. Get there early & plan on staying well past the end. Bring extra fenders & keep your head on a swivel.
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As has been mentioned, the air show by boat is awesome, especially when they come screaming by real low, fantastic day IF it’s nice, we’ll be out there for sure
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Does anyone know what time the Blue Angels will be doing their thing each day ?
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I saw schedule was from 12-5, Blue Angels are usually close to the end
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Which public boat ramp would serve me best if I stay at the Hilton at the ft Lauderdale marina? Considering checking in Friday night and launching at sunrise. Or docking the boat at any other affordable hotel with dockage. 130 a night for a 19' cc is too steep for me (ft Lauderdale marina price . . 40' and less)!
15 street Boat Ramp is right next to Lauderdale Marina, if you get there that early you should be ok. It's hourly parking so make sure to download the parking app on your phone so you don't run out of time. You can also launch from Harbour Towne or Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson (formerly John U. Lloyd) State Park which are daily rates. At Harbour Towne you can leave your truck & trailer overnight.

Like it was mentioned, its a busy weekend on the water, plan to get there early and to leave after the crowd but its an awesome way to see the show, especially if you can get a spot right on the east edge of the safety zone so you can see all of the "sea" portion of the show.
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I'm partaking in my first tournament ever on Saturday but I will be out there on sunday. I've only gone one year where it was nice enough to anchor ocean side and we had a great time. Def. get there early and you can anchor as close to the eastern edge of the safety zone as possible. I believe that 1NM out will be 30 to 50 feet right??? I plan on making the run up the beach from haulover.
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We used to get up on the house roof with some chairs, an AM radio, binocs and beers and watch it from the north end of the 'course' as we are only 1/2 mile from the beach!

The big church steeple on US 1 and about NE 55th street is used as a standard 'landmark' for both the Blue Angles and the USAF Thunderbirds. Pretty cool to see an F-16 go over the house, upside down, with the gear 'down' at about 800 feet!

Also, I think they all do a complete Dress Rehearsal on Fridays so if I was going by boat, that's the day I'd go. Far less boats on that day....
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Originally Posted by Gary M View Post
We used to get up on the house roof with some chairs, an AM radio, binocs and beers and watch it from the north end of the 'course' as we are only 1/2 mile from the beach!

The big church steeple on US 1 and about NE 55th street is used as a standard 'landmark' for both the Blue Angles and the USAF Thunderbirds. Pretty cool to see an F-16 go over the house, upside down, with the gear 'down' at about 800 feet!

Also, I think they all do a complete Dress Rehearsal on Fridays so if I was going by boat, that's the day I'd go. Far less boats on that day....
I was jus going to say that! Most people think they're just practicing in the days ahead of the show, but they do the whole show on Friday

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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
IMO, watching the show by boat is the best place to see it from!
But as Holy Crap says all the ramps are insanely busy, and if the ocean is rough, it makes for an unpleasant day.
I remember years ago it was too rough for my 21' boat, I had the Hobie Cat out, so I sailed down to watch the show. There were many, many people getting sick over the side of the boats... it was bad!

On a calm day there'll be 1000+ boats out there, and when it's over half of them have to be in the inlet "right now". Boat wakes will make the ocean a 3' washmachine almost instantly.

How's your anchoring skills?

"Lets go to the airshow by boat, they said! It'll be fun, they said!"
Maybe I’ve spent too much time on the sandbars but I have a REALLY hard time believing that many people have the skills to anchor in 100-150’ of water.
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