FLIBS 2013

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opened under partly cloudy skies Thursday as the biggest show yet in the event's 54-year history and, judging by show-goer comments, one of the best.

Howard Blitstein timed his visit from Costa Rica to see his mother in Fort Lauderdale with the boat show.

"It's very busy for the first day," he said. "I've seen a lot of new center console-type boats that I never heard of. I'm impressed with the boats."

"I think it's awesome," said Rick Hauser, a boat show regular who came here from Thousand Oaks, Calif. "I think there's a better energy this year. The weather's better."

The show is spread over 3 million square feet at six sites, including Bahia Mar Yachting Center and the Broward County Convention Center. New this year at the convention center: You have to show ID, like a driver's license, to enter because of Port Everglades security concerns, so expect a longer wait to get in.

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