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What is Plywood Regatta?
Building Boating’s Future… Today!

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida founded the Plywood Regatta in 1996. The Plywood Regatta honors the craft of boat building and the excitement of recreational boating in an effort to continue “building boating’s future … today!”

A maximum of 40 teams of middle school, high school and marine technical school students will attempt to build sea-worthy vessels on Saturday, April 14th using simple hand-tools and only the supplied materials of plywood, 3M 5200 fast cure caulk and zip ties. Once the boats are complete students will then paint and decorate their boats. On Sunday, April 15th, participants will compete in a fun-filled and friendly rivalry when the finished, decorated boats line up and race in a series of heats to determine an event champion.

All Plywood Regatta proceeds benefit South Florida’s marine industry education programs and the Plywood Regatta Scholarship Fund. The aim of these programs is to encourage marine education and develop students’ interest in the marine industry.

About the Marine Industries Association of South Florida

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) is the largest trade organization in the Southeast United States dedicated to promoting, protecting, and growing the 110,000 middle class jobs in Broward County and 136,000 jobs regionally in marine businesses promoting boating lifestyles from family cruising and fishing to yachts and the goods and services that sustain them, driving the economic output to $8.8 billion in Broward County and $11.5 billion regionally.

Created in 1961, the not-for-profit trade group is focused on the sound growth of the marine industry in the South Florida Region to benefit its members, their customers, communities and the environment. The Association has over 500 members in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties and is the owner of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Through the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, advocacy efforts, programs and services of MIASF have combined to raise the professionalism of the industry and awareness of its impact and contributions by the public, elected, and regulatory officials at the local, state, and federal levels. Members have fostered a reputation for the region to be known as the goods and service center of the world for the yachting and marine community.

Industry Stats
An Economic Engine
110,000
Broward Marine Industry Employees
$8.8 billion
Broward County Economic Impact
28%
Higher Wages than State Average
$11.5 billion
Regional Economic Impact