Image showing superyachts at FLIBS 2019

60th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show a resounding success

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat show celebrated its 60th anniversary in suitable style with the largest show yet attracting some 1500 boats and 1200 exhibitors.

The show saw the unveiling of the new Superyacht Village, a 3.5 acre site dedicated to superyachts and the superyacht lifestyle. Sarrah Macey, CEO of Global Superyacht Marketing took a walk around the the new area and had this to say: “I’m very impressed with the new Superyacht Village. The quality of the yachts, exhibition spaces and social facilities are excellent, and I look forward to seeing how this area continues to grow.”

“One concern voiced by the industry before the show was that the size of the yachts on display at Bahia Mar would be significantly reduced, making this area less attractive to visitors. However, in true FLIBS style, Bahia Mar continues to have a superb range of superyachts, sports fishing vessels and smaller boats for the leisure market, along with an outstanding range of services and suppliers exhibiting.”

The Superyacht Village at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2019
FLIBS Superyacht Village. Image ©J Christopher

During the show Majesty 140, a 140 foot luxury superyacht from Dubai, was crowned the Best of Show by NBC Sports Network. An esteemed panel of judges agreed that the yacht featured the most innovative new boat model design on display. The yacht will feature in a one hour special on the NBS Sports Network in December.

Majesty 140, named Best of Show at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Majesty 140

FLIBS also saw the distribution of YACHT-OPOLY, the fantastic new superyacht board game from YACHTNEEDS. The game received an overwhelming positive response from crew, industry people and visitors to the show. Keep an eye on YACHTNEEDS social media for the video of Peter Lürssen and Sylke auf dem Graben of Lürssen Yachts, the infamous yeti from Beyond Two Yetis and James Williams from YACHTNEEDS enjoying a game on the deck of a superyacht at the show.

Crew member with YACHT-OPOLY at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Four of the world’s leading yacht chefs battled it out to be named Best Yacht Chef at the FLIBS 2nd annual Sunset Soiree and Yacht Chef Competition. The unique culinary competition included Chefs Andrew Siebert, Alex Forsythe, and Jarle Saupstad and Danny Davies of MY Excellence who was eventually named as the competition winner. Guests enjoyed a selection of premium spirits including specialty Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails, Maker’s Mark whiskey creations, Whispering Angel Rosé, as well as a bubbly welcome drink from Moet & Chandon. Adding to the excitement, The Wheeland Brothers hosted a live concert followed by a DJ, which set the sounds for the dockside festivities.  The evening benefitted Mission of Hope and the ONE Bahamas Fund, two organisations focussed on supporting relief efforts and rebuilding in the Bahamas following the devastating hit of Hurricane Dorian.

Best Yacht Chef Danny Davies at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Best Yacht Chef Danny Davies with his award. Image ©World Red Eye

All eyes are now focussed on next years Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show which promises to be bigger and better than ever.

We will see you there!

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.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

ENHANCEMENTS PLANNED FOR 59TH ANNUAL FORT LAUDERDALE BOAT SHOW

As the guests arrive at the 59th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), an array of changes to form and function will offer a fresh approach to enjoying the largest in-water boat show in the world and an even more successful sales environment for exhibitors.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show superyacht on display

One of the most noteworthy changes to the 2018 show, set to take place October 31 to November 4, is the redesign and repositioning of the main entrance several hundred yards to the north end of the Bahia Mar Hotel and Marina property, along Seabreeze Boulevard, just south of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and Marina. The brand new, professionally designed entrance will feature a plaza-like configuration, efficient security and a VIP and exhibitor gate. The previous main entrance will be used for exhibitor move-in, move-out and other show logistics, improving access for both show guests and exhibitors.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show superyacht visitors walking along the dock

“Informa is focused on evaluating the overall show experience and how FLIBS is perceived by people who arrive from many different places and spend time at the show each day,” said Informa U.S. Boat Shows General Manager Andrew Doole. “First impressions are crucial, which is why we are creating a professionally designed, dedicated show entrance with a thoughtful layout and other elements of convenience for guests and exhibitors.”

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show superyacht at dusk

Varied and easy to obtain food and drinks options are part of the plan, with emphasis on quality and convenience. A new culinary provider will offer fresh, farm-to-plate fruits and vegetables, sustainable seafood, and natural, organic meats through partnerships with purveyors of locally-sourced, organic and sustainable products.

“Wherever you are in the show, and whether you want to grab a cold drink, a snack or a gourmet meal, we want it to be easy and satisfying,” added Doole.

About The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and produced by Informa, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is recognized as the largest in-water boat show in the world. FLIBS spans more than three million square-feet of exhibit space across seven waterfront locations that are connected by an intricate network of water and ground transportation services. The five-day show attracts approximately 110,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors representing 52 countries with more than 1,500 boats on display each November.

For more information, visit www.FLIBS.com.

FLIBS 2017

58th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show  Receives Buoyant Reviews

Eager crowds experienced an upgraded show and more boats on display – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (November 14, 2017) – The 58th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), the largest in-water boat show in the world, attracted a world-wide audience of approximately 105,000 international buyers, sellers and browsers who came to see the latest that the global boating industry has to offer and to do business in the “Yachting Capital of the World.” Drawing visitors from more than 50 countries, attendance at this year’s event was up 7 percent over 2016. 
 
Buyers had a larger selection to choose from, with an overall increase of 4 percent in the number of boats on display in the water, with a 9 percent jump in new boats under 100 feet and 10 percent growth in the number of brokerage (pre-owned) boats over 100 feet.
 
“Informa’s investments in the show delivered a superior visitor experience to previous shows,” said Andrew Doole, general manager of Informa, the show’s producer. “Excellent weather, a robust economy, realigned marketing efforts and a huge selection of new product offerings brought energetic crowds to the docks and exhibits daily.”
 
“We were very pleased with the traffic at this year’s show and the overall feeling of optimism among our brokers and clients when the show concluded,” said Sally Doleski, vice president of marketing for Ocean Alexander. “New docks, clear dock- markings for those trying to find their way through an incredibly large location, and increased variety for food and beverage options all added to the enjoyment of our guests at the show.”
The 58th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show spans more than three million square feet of exhibit space in-water and on land across seven locations including the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Marina, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.
 
“It was a tremendous show, with high energy, brisk sales activity and great enthusiasm for our new boats – the 93 Motor Yacht and the 44 Open – as well as all our other yachts,” said Patrick Healey, president and CEO of Viking Yachts. Viking sold 13 boats from 37 to 93 feet at FLIBS. The company’s 15-vessel display drew more visitors than any previous Fort Lauderdale show – more than 7,000 over the five-day event. The New Jersey-based company also announced that a new 68 Convertible will debut at the Miami Yacht Show in February.
 
Other attractions at this year’s event included Take the Helm on-the-water boat handling classes from Carefree Boat Club, IGFA School of Sportfishing seminars, the Blue Wild dive and marine art show, and Hook The Future kids’ fishing clinics. 
 
“The 2017 clinics were better than ever and drew hundreds of families eager to learn how to catch more fish and have fun doing it together. We can’t wait till next year,” said Hook The Future founder, Capt. Don Dingman.
 
One of the Windward VIP Club’s attractive benefits was the dedicated concierge team, Delmay and Partners, who worked on behalf of VIP passholders to arrange various services including yacht tours, local dining reservations, private transportation and other conveniences.
  
“The 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show brought an increase in visits to our displays and enabled us to enter into many strong negotiations and a number of sales,” said Randy Coleman, vice president of sales of Ferretti Group America. “Fort Lauderdale continues to be an important show for Ferretti Group as we see great attendance from our US-based clients as well as an increase in visitors from South America. Our South American dealers were very pleased with the outcome and recognize the importance of attending this show.”
 
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) contributes $11.5 billion to the region’s economy and supports the sustainability of 136,000 marine industry jobs in South Florida.
 
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® is owned and presented by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and managed and produced by Informa Exhibitions. Sponsors of the 2017 show were Audi, Budweiser, LaCroix, RAM, Smallwood’s Yachtwear, TAITRA/Taiwan Excellence, Ulysse Nardin and Yachting Pages Media Group. The Windward VIP Club was sponsored by Bank of America, Florida Luxurious Properties, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Gulfstream Yachts, and Luxury Law Group. 
 
Like FLIBS on Facebook at facebook.com/fortlauderdaleboatshow, follow the show on Twitter at twitter.com/boatshowupdates, connect on Instagram at  instagram.com/boatshowphotos, and tune into Boat Show TV at youtube.com/showmanagement.

FunAir joins the United States Superyacht Association with premier space in new area of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

FunAir have recently joined the USSA and have the premier space in the new American section of the Superyacht Pavilion. American born FunAir can be found at the entrance to the new American section and opposite the USSA Lounge at booth 801.

The leading superyacht inflatables manufacturer will be showcasing a new lounger design, the popular Climbing Wall and in partnership with Oceanemo, the Sports Utility Yacht, a range of 3D printed replica FunAir products on a mesmerising digital display table.

Having recently launched the all new FunAir Playground and Junior BigAir Blob, FunAir will be meeting with Owners and Captains at FLIBS to get feedback on new products and discuss the next big launch in inflatable yacht toys.

A redesign of a firm family favourite, the FunAir Playground has a slide, climbing frame and leaving off point for a smaller version of the very popular BigAir Blob, which like its big brother has stabilising outriggers that stop it turning in the ocean, and an inflatable stand-off that keeps it in place. Friends and siblings can jump from the playground straight onto the blob and launch their partners into the air.

The Playground can be tethered to the yacht out at anchor, and also works as the perfect accessory for families when it is secured in shallower waters on beach days.

Standing 3.5m tall when inflated, the playground has non-slip material on the steps, comfort grip climbing holds and ultra slick vinyl. This eliminates the need for a coversheet and reduces weight and pack size. The Junior Big Air Blob is also made from commercial grade 1000 denier PVC with FR and UV ratings. Total set up time is just 30 minutes.

To contact FunAir directly please email yachting@funair.com, or call John Courtney on +1 512 751 4276.

www.facebook.com/funairfun | www.instagram.com/funairfun www.funair.com

For details of events in the new American Pavilion, here is a link:

http://www.ussuperyacht.com/super-yacht/general/ussas-american-pavilion-schedule-of-events-2017

Superyacht at Fort Lauderdale boat show

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Announces Date Change for 2017 Event

Organisers of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) announced new dates for the 58th annual event: Wednesday 1st November through Sunday 5th November 2017.

Historically, the show has opened on the first Thursday of November and closed the following Monday. The 2017 event was previously scheduled to open on Thursday, November 2 and run through Monday, November 6. Exhibitor contracts do not need to be changed, organisers said.

Owned and presented by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and managed and produced by Show Management, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show draws hundreds of leading marine businesses from around the world and thousands of boating enthusiasts who come to browse, buy and learn about what’s new on the water. 

“We decided to change the days of show after listening to strong industry feedback supporting an earlier event,” said Charles McCurdy, Chief Executive of Informa’s Global Exhibitions division, which purchased Show Management in March. “We worked diligently with all stakeholders involved, including exhibitors, venues, local hoteliers and the MIASF, to ensure a seamless transition and build upon the strength of this annual event in the Yachting Capital of the Word.”

Show organisers plan to keep the new Wednesday-through-Sunday date pattern in future years.

“Over the past 57 years, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has evolved from a local boat show into a truly international exhibition,” said Phil Purcell, CEO/President of MIASF. “In today’s world of financial transactions, it is no longer necessary to use Monday as a banking day, and with more frequent client visits and exhibitor opportunities on Wednesday, we think it’s in the best interest of both exhibitors and consumers to activate the Wednesday of show week and deactivate Monday,” he concluded.

The largest in-water boat show in the world, FLIBS takes place at seven locations connected by a network of water and land transportation. Show locations included the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Marina, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

With a strategic plan to expand its Global Exhibitions business in the United States, London-based Informa currently delivers 200 industry events annually, including the Monaco Yacht Show. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: INF.L) and is a member of the FTSE 100.

Like the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on Facebook at facebook.com/fortlauderdaleboatshow, follow the show on Twitter at twitter.com/boatshowupdates, connect on Instagram at  instagram.com/boatshowphotos, and tune into Boat Show TV at youtube.com/showmanagement.

MYS & FLIBS logos

Monaco Yacht Show Organisation buys Fort Lauderdale, Yachts Miami and West Palm Beach Yacht Shows

Transaction brings together two of the most prestigious brands in global yacht shows: Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and Monaco Yacht Show.

The organisation behind Monaco Yacht Show, Informa’s Global Exhibitions division, today announced the purchase of Yachting Promotions Inc. (“YPI”), the operator of some of the largest yachting and boat shows in the US, for $133 million. The acquisition brings three of the world’s largest in-water boat shows – the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Yachts Miami Beach and the Palm Beach International Boat Show – into the Informa Exhibitions portfolio along with the St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show and Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show row of superyachts

Fort Lauderdale International Boat show

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which draws 100,000 attendees, 1,300 exhibitors and more than 1,200 boats each November, is the largest of its kind in the world and complements Informa Exhibition’s Monaco Yacht Show, the world’s leading event dedicated to the superyachting industry.

Monaco Yacht Show Superyacht display

Monaco Yacht Show

Charlie McCurdy, CEO, said, “With this acquisition Informa Exhibitions becomes the world’s leading yacht show organizer. Combining the world’s premiere show, based in Europe, with these five shows in North America creates a scale player in this attractive and growing vertical, further strengthening our relationship with leading yacht brokers and builders, providing good opportunities for cross promotion and extending customer relationships across platforms and geographies.”

McCurdy added, “With the addition of these Florida shows, and following the addition of Penton’s exhibitions portfolio in 2016, Informa Exhibitions is now Informa PLC’s largest division by revenue and profit. Acquisitions in key and growing verticals will continue to be part of our growth strategy going forward as we look for events that complement what we are doing within vertical markets we have identified as attractive.”

Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, Chairman of Active Interest Media, said, “We can think of no better company than Informa Exhibitions, with its global resources, to focus on the continued growth and success of these excellent boat shows while continuing to exceed the expectations of their exhibitors and attendees.”

Skip Zimbalist will advise Informa Exhibitions in the transition, and the rest of the YPI team will continue with the company as it moves forward.

McCurdy noted that Informa Exhibitions will continue YPI’s active role in the North American boating and maritime industry, including IFBSO, the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers; NACS, the National Association of Consumer Shows; Marine Industries Association of South Florida (Sponsor); Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (Sponsor); International Yacht Brokers Association (formerly Florida Yacht Brokers Association); NMMA, the National Marine Manufacturers Association; and Sail America.

About Informa’s Global Exhibitions Division

With over 200 trade and consumer exhibitions annually, Informa Exhibitions is a global market leader in such end markets as Beauty, Construction & Real Estate, Design, Life Sciences, Maritime, Health & Nutrition, Natural Products, Agriculture and Pop Culture. Through face to face and digital channels, our transaction-oriented exhibitions and trade shows enable communities to engage, experience and do business. In doing so, we bring together people who want to buy and sell, network, do business and gain inspiration. Our industry insight, coupled with our innovative and entrepreneurial approach, provides them with the opportunity to create business advantage and access markets.

For more information please contact:

 +377 93 10 41 70 – info@monacoyachtshow.mcwww.monacoyachtshow.com

FunAir launches BigAir Yacht Blob at FLIBS 2016

There’s just no stopping FunAir. Hot on the heels of launching the brand new to market Yacht Joust and Yacht Golf at Monaco Yacht Show, the innovative team behind the worlds most popular yacht inflatables are set to launch a third new product at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show next month.

FunAir BigAir Yacht Blob with man flying high in the air

Up up and away on the FunAIr BigAir Yacht Blob

Most of you will have seen the pictures and videos of the inflatable yacht blobs on social media. Looks like a whole lot of fun, right?

Enter FunAir, who have completely redesigned the new BigAir Yacht Blob. It has stabilising outriggers that stop it turning in the ocean, and an inflatable stand-off that keeps it in place and away from the yacht. Friends can jump from the deck straight onto the blob and launch their partners tens of meters into the air; and should anyone have so much fun that they roll of the back of the blob, the stand-off will make sure they don’t bump into the hull of the yacht.

 

It turns out that the water blob was first invented in Texas, the home state of FunAir, for Camp Longhorn who used an Army Surplus fuel bladder as a waterfront toy on the lake.

Anyone who has used a blob in the ocean will tell you these amazing toys were not originally designed for tidal water. They turn easily and should really be tethered to the seabed to keep them in place.

FunAir’s BigAir Blob is the first yacht blob specifically designed for yachting and the new features make it the safest option on the market.

To find out more about the new BigAir Blob, Yacht Joust, Yacht Golf or any of the FunAir portfolio, you can stop by the National Marine Suppliers booth 684, in the Superyacht Pavilion at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, where the FunAir team are once again partnering with their long standing distributor.

Known for innovative partnerships, while you visit the NMS booth you can see a model of FunAir partner Oceanemo, the impressive sports utility superyacht kitted out with unparalleled levels of fun. The model will have 3D printed examples of some of the FunAir portfolio and sits on a 4K digital table.

This exciting news comes on the back of FunAir’s new website with the first click and buy interface for inflatable yacht products. Showcasing both QuickShip and custom inflatable products for yachts, resorts and at-home family fun, the site offers online shopping and promises to quick-ship available products within 24 hours.

Yacht products currently available for QuickShip include, Yacht Slides, Climbing Walls, Yacht Joust, Yacht Golf, Personal Watercraft Docks, Water Mats and Stand Up Paddle Boards.

With distribution partners in Europe, America, Australia and the East, FunAir can send out the QuickShip products in less than 24 hours to captains and owners across the globe.

The FunAir Yacht Shop can be found here: https://www.funair.com/collections/yachts

Find the FunAir team at the NMS booth 684 in the Superyacht Pavillion at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

To speak with FunAir email yachting@funair.com or call +1 512-593-5133.

www.FunAir.com

Transport options for FLIBS and navigating the show

The 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which takes place at seven locations from Nov. 5-9, offers an expedient parking and transportation network of bus shuttles and water taxis with convenient pick-up and drop-off locations, as well as dedicated parking lots, designed to make reaching the show easy from any direction.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show takes place at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Pier 66 Marina, Sails Marina and Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

bow and mooring lines of two megawatts at FLIBS

Megayachts moored up at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in 2014

PARKING

The Sails Marina, on the southeast corner of the 17th Street Causeway Bridge at Harbourview Drive, offers convenient shuttle service to the Convention Center and Bahia Mar. Parking is $25 per day.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center parking garage offers convenient shuttle service to the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, the Sails Marina, and the War Memorial Auditorium.

The War Memorial Auditorium, in Holiday Park at the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Federal Highway, offers parking for $7 a day and convenient shuttle service to the Convention Center and Las Olas Marina. Purchase advanced parking through the show’s interactive ticketing system at FLIBS.com by clicking on “Purchase Tickets.”

Galleria Mall, at 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., offers valet parking service at its main entrance on East Sunrise Boulevard, in front of the Capital Grill restaurant. Valet service is $7 per day. From the valet drop-off, walk east to the Gallery One Doubletree Hotel, which is a Water Taxi pick-up and drop-off location for the boat show. The path from the mall to the Water Taxi is marked with signage. A $10 all-day pass grants unlimited one-day use of the show’s Water Taxis.

The Las Olas Marina, located at 2 South New River Drive East, offers valet parking for $60 a day. Purchase advanced parking through the show’s interactive ticketing system at FLIBS.com by clicking on “Purchase Tickets.”

The Riverside Hotel parking garage, located near Las Olas Boulevard at 600 S.E. 4th St., offers convenient Water Taxi service to and from the Bahia Mar show location. Parking is $5 per day. A $10 all-day pass grants unlimited one-day use of the show’s Water Taxis.

BUS ROUTES 

Purple Bus: To/from War Memorial Auditorium parking and Las Olas Marina.

Green Bus: To/from Bahia Mar Yachting Center, the Sails Marina and the Convention Center.

Blue Bus: To/from Bahia Mar Yachting Center and the Convention Center.

Yellow Bus: To/from War Memorial Auditorium parking and the Convention Center.

Red Bus: To/from Huizenga Plaza (Bubier Park) and the War Memorial Auditorium.

WATER TAXI

Water Taxi will feature northern, southern and New River routes, each dedicated exclusively to the boat show, with limited stops and 11 boats running the duration of the show, with drop off and pick up every 10 to 15 minutes. The service will run daily from one hour before the show opens until two hours after it closes.

Enjoy a discounted $10 all-day transportation show pass with unlimited usage. The following waterfront locations are pick-up/drop-off points during the show:

Bahia Mar Yachting Center

Broward County Convention Center / Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina (under the  17th Street bridge on the west side)

Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Marina (on the east side of the 17th Street bridge)

Riverside Hotel

Gallery One Doubletree Hotel / Galleria Mall

NAVIGATING THE SHOW

Guests will find color-coded directional signage throughout the show, onsite map stands, and experienced, roaming guest services staff, all designed for maximum convenience in navigating the world’s largest in-water boat show.

MyBoatShow, the app available on iPhone and Android platforms, provides show maps and locations of exhibitors, manufacturers, product categories and boats by specifications and size. The app, which is available for all Show Management produced boat shows, also provides the show schedule, seminar information, transportation schedules, food and drink locations, restroom locations, and information for emergency services. It also can be used to purchase show tickets and see the latest show news.

BOX OFFICE LOCATIONS

Onsite box offices are located at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Las Olas Marina, Swimming Hall Of Fame (at the Coconuts entrance), and the Broward County Convention Center. To pre-purchase tickets to the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, please visit ShowManagement.com. To make travel arrangements, please contact the boat show’s official travel partner, BoatShowHotels.com at (866) 877-3083, or visit BoatShowHotels.com.

For more information about FLIBS parking and transportation, including maps, visit FLIBS.com/parking.

SCHEDULE:

Thursday, Nov. 5 (Prime Time Preview) 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 6 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 8 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 9 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

ADMISSION:

Adults $25 online; $27 at show
Children (ages 6-15) $10 online; $12 at show
Children (under 6) Free
Prime Time Preview (Thursday, Nov. 5) $41 online; $43 at show
Two-Day Ticket $43 online; $45 at show

 

MORE INFORMATION

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® is owned and presented by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, managed and produced by Show Management and sponsored by Audi, Auberge Beach Residences, BoatShowHotels.com, Budweiser, Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale, GEICO, Gosling’s Rum, Palm Harbor Marina, QuintEvents, Smallwoods Yachtwear, Sun Sentinel, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), and ULYSSE NARDIN. Like the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on Facebook at facebook.com/fortlauderdaleboatshow, follow the show on Twitter at twitter.com/boatshowupdates, connect on Instagram at instagram.com/showmanagement, and tune into Boat Show TV at youtube.com/showmanagement.

 

Sarrah Macey

The tallest yacht Climbing Wall and America’s first glimpse of the new inflatable FunAir Floating Island at FLIBS

A Crew member jumps from the top of the inflatable climbing wall  on the side of his megayacht

Known for making adrenaline pumping inflatable yacht products, FunAir has plans to bring even more fun to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this year.

Following a hugely successful Monaco Yacht Show, the team will take their new Floating Island to FLIBS for its first taste of the American market.

The FunaIr Floating Island on display in the water at Monaco Yacht Show

FunAir Floating Island on display at Monaco Yacht Show outside the Captains and Crew Lounge

Sharing on water space with partners National Marine Supplier at booth F608, FunAir has a hot new location nestled between some of the largest megayachts on display at the show. Their inflatable yacht slides and the super popular climbing wall will also be prominently featured.

The inflatable climbing wall was one of the first products added to FunAir’s portfolio in 2013. Leaders in safety (and of course fun) FunAir installed auto belay system anchors on the tallest walls and unique hand holds which make the wall significantly more user friendly than other climbing walls in the yacht market.

Three crew enjoying climbing up an inflatable climbing wall  that attaches to their superyacht

Crew starting to climb their FunAir inflatable climbing wall

This past summer, FunAir shipped two of the tallest inflatable climbing walls ever made to the United Arab Emirates; with several more in production at the moment. At 10 and 12 meters respectively, each wall has best in class safety features. Their patented RapidFlate system inflates and deflates the product six times quicker, making the product simple to manage for crew.

Find the FunAir team at the NMS on water display area located next to booth F608.

FunAir are the exclusive North American partner of NMS and will be happy to discuss your global yacht supply needs.

To speak with FunAir email yachting@funair.com or call +1 512-593-5133 to arrange an appointment.

www.FunAir.com

Written by Sarrah Macey