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Boats as Far as the Eye Can Sea at Fort Lauderdale's World Renowned Sailorman

By David Boegaard

Who hasn't wanted a boat? Perhaps you dream of taking your yacht on a cruise through the Caribbean. Or maybe you prefer the rustic mastery of a sailboat, or the simplicity of a kayak. Maybe you can picture yourself in a cigarette boat rushing across the crests of the waves. If you have a taste for the ancient orient, you might be interested in a Chinese Junk, one of the magnificent ships used for trade since the 10th century, and still used today. For any of these dreams, and many more, Sailorman in Fort Lauderdale, FL has all the gear you need to get ready for your trip!

Sailorman got its start in 1975 as a second-hand marine parts business running out of the back of founder Cliff Hunt's hatchback. Gradually, Hunt's business grew transformed, from the hatchback to his garage to a little business space. By 1982, the business was situated in the location it occupies today -- a 10,000 square foot warehouse. Purchased by current Owner Chuck Fitzgerald in 1985, Sailorman now includes a truly massive selection of marine equipment of every imaginable sort, new and used.

"We're no ordinary place," says Marketing/Customer Service/Web Sales Rep Angelica Vicente, "and neither are our customers." Whether it's famous stars like Gene Hackman, Billy Joel and Jimmy Buffet, or sailors who spend days on their crafts, Sailorman attracts people who truly love the sea. It's no surprise that Sailorman has been known since the 80s as "The world's largest and most unique new & used marine emporium."

Vicente insists that Sailorman is the place for the true seacraft fanatic. "From Mega Yachts to Sunfish... From New Gear to Antique. We'll Fill Your EVERY Nautical Need!" This kind of selection draws people from across the state, and even the country in much the way that a truly great bookstore or instrument shop might do. With employees who speak Spanish and French, they are ready for all types.

Among Sailorman's more surprising facts, they are the source of many set design pieces, and even the location for scenes from a film. "Our unique inventory also attracts movie set designers," says Vicente, "like those from the Fast and the Furious, Pirates of the Caribbean and Tommy Lee Jones' Hemingway movie to name a few!" Recently, parts of the film Canvas, were filmed at Sailorman. Canvas went on to win the Best Feature Film Award at the Sedona International Film Festival, and Audience Award at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

"Sailorman is a must see stop for boaters everywhere," notes Vicente, with pride. It's such a delightful place, it's even worth stopping in if you have no interest in boats, at all.

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