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John Cleese

Weekend preview: Whatever floats your boat

Weekend preview: Whatever floats your boat

In many areas of the country, the advent of the holiday consumer season — when heads fill with dreams of pantookas, dafflers and wuzzles, tringlers, trappings and fuzzles — starts around Thanksgiving. But in South Florida, we start getting in the buying mood with the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, an astonishing display of craftsmanship and self-indulgence that again sets checkbooks on fire this weekend.

We don’t mean to hate on FLIBS — it’s a hassle, but it can be a blast, even when you can’t, you know, put a down payment on a dinghy. And it inspires no shortage of quality partying around the city.

For instance, the deck-shoe wearers at Rhythm & Vine Beer...