This once a year event is the world’s largest nautical swap shop, featuring amazing deals from over 300 vendors. Everything for boating, sailing, fishing, antiques, jewelry, electronics, clothing, art and more. Private individuals and corporate vendors sell marine equipment, coral encrusted antiques, used boats, fishing tackle, diving gear, marine artwork and other boating related items in a pleasant, almost party-like, atmosphere. The Dania Marine Flea Market provides the ideal environment for buyer and seller to engage in friendly and, sometimes, intense 'bargaining.' Thousands of boating related items are bought and sold through a system of dickering and dealing at a fraction of their retail value. When you look through the aisles of the Dania Marine Flea Market, you will find antique ships' clocks displayed next to state-of-the-art electronics. New and used SCUBA gear finds its place in a booth with outboard motors and marine artwork. Need a replacement prop? You can find hundreds - new and used in all sizes at giveaway prices. From anchors (a) to zinc collars (z), there are literally acres of incredible deals and huge savings for the whole family at the Marine Flea Market. Celebrating 40 years of boating bargains! During the years that Al Behrendt owned and managed Nautical Yacht Basin, he often contemplated having a company 'garage sale' as a means of liquidating perfectly good merchandise and marine parts and that were used, obsolete or represented excess inventory. As it turned-out, it was a year after he and his partners sold the marina and boat yard that Al was able to turn his concept into the 'Dania Marine Flea Market.' It all began on a sunny Saturday in April, 1979 when a group of South Florida marine businesses gathered on the parking lot of the Dania Jai Alai fronton to do what Al had envisioned; create an outlet for overstocked and used marine items as well as 'scratch and dent' articles and marine products that were obsolete as a result of design changes. Marine vendors at the original Dania Marine Flea Market occupied 56 spaces on the Jai Alai's 26-acre parking lot. For the boating public, admission to the two-day event was two dollars for adults, kids under twelve were admitted free and the vehicle parking was free. The uniqueness of the event, combined with the variety of nationally recognized vendors, made the Dania Marine Flea Market an immediate success for vendors and area boaters, fishermen and divers alike. Where else could you find all these marine 'treasures' in one place and at such bargain prices? Company names like Mako, Pompanette, Raritan and Lauderdale Marina attracted people from throughout Florida and The Bahamas.
Dania Marine Flea Market