Eric Fromen, left, and Tammy Figueroa of Tri Sea Stabilizers demonstrate the stabilizing power of a Seakeeper gyro stabilizer. When turned on, the stabilizer was so strong that a crew of six could not tilt the boat more than three degrees from its center.

A cold front couldn’t stop the Island Boat Show from filling the docks and parking lots at Hawks Cay Resort Jan. 21-23 to showcase the best of the boating industry. More than 30 Keys and South Florida vendors proudly showcased marine products and boats ranging from small skiffs and personal watercraft to monstrous center consoles powered by over 1,800 combined horsepower. Sponsored by Golden Boat Lifts & Marine Systems, Coastal Angler Magazine, Keys Weekly and Islamorada Pools, proceeds from the first Florida Keys Boat Show have been used to support college scholarships for Keys students and other missions of the Island Community Church in Islamorada. Stay tuned for updates on scholarship presentations and total funds raised.

Photos by ALEX RICKERT/Keys Weekly

Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full-time at the Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community helping several organizations and friends rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. A keen runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends most of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.

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