Navigating the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show if you're a boater and non-boater couple

You love being on the water, but your partner would rather be somewhere else. Should the two of you go to the boat show together?

Of course you should.

Your partner might not care about boats, but it's fun to take in the sights and people-watch. And don't forget the physical and psychological benefits of sharing your observations while walking hand-in-hand along the docks on a sunny autumn day.

There are plenty of things to see and buy at the show besides boats. Start with some of the world's best marine wildlife artists and then you can shop for accessories.

Guy Harvey's booth is in the entrance tent at Bahia Mar. There, in addition to his originals and prints, you can buy all types of products featuring his art work, from shirts, shorts, hats and belts to coffee mugs, tumblers and dog collars.

Next to Harvey is sculptor David Wirth's booth. Wirth hand-carves marine life such as fish and seahorses from wood. He also fashions Hawaiian circle hooks from wood as well as other materials and Wirth's circle hook pendants are extremely popular.

Carey Chen's booth is close by and stocked with his original paintings, prints and giclees. A number of artists also are part of the Blue Wild Dive and Travel Show at the Broward County Convention Center.

Whether you spend time on a boat or not, boat shoes are always in fashion in South Florida and there are plenty of booths where you can buy a pair. The Capt. Harry's Fishing Supply booth at Bahia Mar has a variety of footwear styles ranging from sneaker types to flip flops, as well as several different makes of shirts and hats along with fishing tackle.

Quality sunglasses are another essential item in Florida and the show has plenty of those, too. Capt. Harry's sells Costa sunglasses and Sunglass Haven in the entrance tent has many different brands.