Fort Lauderdale International Boat show

What’s new at the 60th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) will celebrate its 60th anniversary this October, and promises to be bigger than ever. Opening on October 30th, the show will feature a fleet of superyachts, sport fishing vessels, go-fast boats, submersibles and everything in between.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat show
Fort Lauderdale International Boat show

New this year:

  • The Superyacht Village – a special area dedicated to superyachts and superyacht enthusiasts. The Superyacht Village can accommodate yachts measuring up to 400 feet and comes complete with a 3.5 acre on-land exhibition space. It will house exhibits by renowned shipyards and manufacturers of yacht toys including personal submarines, helicopters, exotic automotive and other luxury items which compliment the superyacht lifestyle.
  • The Superyacht Village will be located at a new site, ‘Pier South‘. This new location expands the show to a total of 3 million square feet, all connected by a network of water and ground transportation.
  • The Windward VIP Club will have a spectacular new on-water location in the heart of the show at Bahia Mar. This new on-water VIP experience will feature an arched tent with outdoor terraces as well as a luxury premium open bar and gourmet food offerings and a Cigar Lounge presented by Delta Private Jets. the Windward VIP Club will host exclusive experiences including wine tastings, the show’s signature Gosling’s Rum Dark & Stormy Island Bar, and events by Delta Private Jets and Ulysse Nardin.
  • Mansion Yacht is the first yacht made entirely of stainless steel and will be docked behind the Windward VIP Club for exclusive guests to enjoy. The yacht measures 84 feet in length and 40 feet across and has four hydraulic legs allowing it to stand up in the water. Tours and events at the Mansion Yacht are by invitation only. Please book your tour or event now by visiting the Mansion Yachts website.
  • 262 foot Excellence is the newest superyacht in the show and will be on display at the Superyacht Village. FLIBS marks only the second appearance of Excellence since its debut in May.
  • The Superyacht Village will also host the Sunset Soiree, the second annual Best Yacht Chef Competition. Be sure to be there on Friday 1st November at 7pm to witness the world’s leading yacht chefs in gastronomic battle.
  • The NBC Sports Network will once again feature a one hour special giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The program will also reveal the winner of the ‘Best in Show‘ award for the most innovative new boat model design on display.
Superyacht at FLIBS Boat Show

This year’s show will feature over 1,500 boats and 1,200 exhibitors, with more than 110,000 visitors from around the world expected to attend. FLIBS spans seven waterfront locations across three million square-feet of exhibit space, including the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Pier Sixty-Six Marina, Pier Sixty-Six South, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

About The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and produced by Informa Markets, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is recognized as the largest in-water boat show in the world.

For more information, visit FLIBS.com.

The Superyacht Report Magazine front cover

Sarrah Macey writes guest column for The Superyacht Report

I love to write. I don’t mind if it’s a blog, news story, social media post, website copy or some editorial. Wordsmithing is definitely my favourite part of the job and I was thrilled to be asked by The Superyacht Group to be a guest columnist for the owners section in the latest edition of The Superyacht Report magazine.

As this was the Tenders and Toys edition I of course waxed lyrical about my favourite superyacht toy manufacturer FunAir and it was a great opportunity to explore the safety benefits that many of their products provide.

It’s an unusual combination, fun and safety, but when you dive deeper they really should go hand in hand. To allow yacht owners, their family and guests to enjoy their floating haven to the fullest, safety first should be paramount for Captains and crews. The fact that FunAir design and engineer their products to be as safe and easy to use as possible for both the guests, and the crew setting everything up, is a testament to the positive ethos and innovative thinking behind the brand.

I’m sure you all have a subscription and are enjoying your copy of the magazine featuring my column, but if you don’t you can get digital and paper copies via this link.

https://shop.thesuperyachtgroup.com/subscriptions

I promise it’s definitely worth a read!

Now.. About that pie

As much as I love to write, I do find it harder to write about myself. Funny really. I can pump out page after page of (I think) interesting prose for our superyacht business clients, but when The Superyacht Group asked me to come up with four interesting facts about myself, I found myself stuck after the first one. I suppose making a pie for the Queen of England is a pretty hard act to follow – Find me at one of the boat shows and I will fill you in on that story – but the process has encouraged me to research the psychology behind it being harder to write about yourself than others.

Everything we do at Global Superyacht Marketing from graphic design and video editing to social media, building websites and writing copy is based around how the superyacht community think and what motivates them, so it will be interesting to reflect on how we can use this to further support our clients.

I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on my column so if you would like to get in touch you can reach me at sarrah@globalsuperyachtmarketing.com

Thanks

Sarrah Macey
Founder of Global Superyacht Marketing