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.