Yachts are unlike anything else. The opportunity to chart your own route and go where you want, with who you want and for as long as you like. It is the ultimate freedom to share time with friends and family at sea. Everything is taken care of by your professional crew on board, there for the sole purpose of meeting your every need. Yachting is the ultimate privilege for the few who have the means to do so and you have the ship to prove it. Whether it’s on your own yacht or chartered, the experience signifies that you’ve arrived. For five days each October, the celebration of life on the water takes place during the showcase of boats built for the pond behind your home to the most luxurious superyachts in the world. It’s the greatest show on earth; and this is not the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. It’s the Fort Lauderdale Boat show, where literally a sea of buyers, sellers, and boat enthusiasts flock to Florida’s sailing mecca.
Fort Lauderdale is home to FLIBS, which has been dubbed the yachting capital of the world. To say that the 5-day event is too big would be an understatement as it takes place on 90 acres and showcases more than 1,500 yachts and boats, and generates almost $2 billion for the economy. Florida. The event is held annually every October, which is important to keep in mind as rowing manufacturers release their new production models in the fall. This ensures guests have full access to the latest production models found nowhere else. Although the event is based at the Bahia Mar Yacht Center, it takes place at seven locations in the area.
FLIBS began in 1959 when boating enthusiasts were invited to participate in the show’s first exhibition at the Lauderdale Marina. The number of exhibitors only amounted to thirteen, which is a stark difference from the 1,000 exhibitors seen today. This dramatic change in the growth rate of this gig can be attributed to Kaye Pearson, a local businessman who took the helm of the company in 1976. Pearson completely reinvented the show from an aesthetic point of view. america to look more like a party than an ordinary boat show. His changes include adding the word “international” to the show’s name, moving the date to the fall, and upgrading the event entirely with on-site food and wine vendors. Shifting focus to today, the exhibition is now owned by the South Florida Maritime Industry Association, which has expanded Pearson’s international focus to include exhibitors representing 52 countries. It is clear that FLIBS has grown from its humble beginnings to become a must-see hub for international yachting and sailing connoisseurs.
Starting on the first day of the event, guests can park at the Broward County Convention Center, which is a hub for FLIBS. Besides providing transportation to various exhibition sites, the center also provides its own source of entertainment by displaying cruisers and other marine accessories. There’s even an AquaZone, which includes a 40,000-gallon freshwater tank so visitors can experience the new innovative products up close. For those interested in what’s happening in the marine industry beyond AquaZone, the center also hosts educational seminars from experienced industry experts.
Once satisfied with the convention center’s services, a relaxing ride on a water taxi or shuttle can take guests to any of the exhibition sites. These include the Bahia Mar Yacht Center, Las Olas Marina, Hall of Fame Marina, Super Yacht Village, Marina 66, and Hilton Marina. Each location offers a unique perspective on high-end production models, especially the Superyacht Village at Pier 66, which features the epitome of luxury superyachts and exotic vehicles. strange.
Windward VIP experience
For those looking to enhance their time at FLIBS, the Windward VIP experience offers a more luxurious feel. Windward VIP ticket holders are allowed access to Bahia Mar Cruise Center’s Captain’s Lounge, which features an upscale open bar, gourmet food and private restrooms. Step away from the public to relax in the captain’s private lounge while enjoying exquisite food and delicious cocktails that truly put the experience to the fore. Another key benefit of this VIP experience is the complimentary shuttle and water taxi service to the seven boat show venues.
Introducing the World’s Best New Yachts at FLIBS
As shared, FLIBS takes place in October, which coincides with the time when the yacht industry is launching new models. And this year has been an incredible year with some of the most exciting debuts in recent memory.
Oceano custard apple 50
Mangusta, best known for its sleek and powerful superyachts, continues to break into the superyacht category with the launch of the 163-foot Mangusta Oceano 50 in the US. at sea or in whatever marina it chooses to dock.
This yacht is built for 12 guests with bedrooms and offers the epitome of design and technology with a retractable underfloor pool, two Jacuzzis and even a 732 square meter beach area. /ft on its own, connected via three terraces right on the water. This launch is highly regarded as the Mangusta Oceano 50 has raised the bar for what superyacht design and manufacturing can achieve.
Sunseeker 90 ocean
Sunseeker is a longtime favorite to launch a fascinating yacht during the show. This year, their 90 Ocean yacht dominates the market under the superyacht category but is certainly large enough for a family or three couples while being small enough for owners to captain.
Name to know at FLIBS: Denison Yachting
FLIBS offers the opportunity to see, explore and buy yachts and rent them out for a week or even months. In the world of yacht charters, not all companies are created equal. It has built a reputation based on the best customer care for three generations and one of the preeminent names in the yachting industry is Denison Yachting.
There is a reason they are the largest broker represented at FLIBS. President Bob Denison, who has been with FLIBS for 30 years since he was a kid, is proud to share the brand’s success working with yacht brokers rather than against them. Bob told Just Luxe Magazine that what makes Denison Yachting so essential to the industry is its focus on technology and customer experience. His team uses the latest technology from industries including automotive to enhance the customer’s yachting experience. Their boat selection is top-notch with superyachts, motor yachts, sportfish, sailboats, fishing boats and catamarans for sale. Furthermore, Denison works with customers to ensure a stress-free buying experience as well as acting as an advisor to help everyone manage their yacht.
One of their many featured yachts among the 40 on display at this year’s boat show is Lady JJ, an impressive 180′ Heesen built in 2011 for sale for just 39,900 000 USD.
Lady JJ : 180′ Heesen
Another aspect of Denison besides representing customers as sellers, they also represent buyers. Many of their team members, such as Mike Kiely, have been with the company for more than a decade. Kiely, like the company he represents, has built a solid reputation by making sure both sides of the transaction, one customer at a time, are satisfied with their purchase or sale.
Sustainability is important to the world of sailing
One of the more important aspects of FLIBS is its efforts to raise awareness about sustainability. This topic is particularly important in the boating industry as increasing ocean pollution, whether it’s from garbage, gray water or oil spills, continues to be a major cause of this problem. FLIBS has consciously incorporated sustainability by partnering with companies to find solutions to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and diesel generators, and investing in energy-efficient technologies.
These partnerships are vital to the foundation of the program, and this focus on sustainability has shifted to their catering relationship with Proof of the Pudding. In fact, to generate zero landfill waste from the organization, there is no Styrofoam policy and the food served is locally sourced, organic and sustainable. It’s rare to witness an event so focused on sustainability, so their conscious efforts to reduce their impact on the earth’s oceans and atmosphere are well worth it. praise.
Live a solar-powered lifestyle
Sustainability goes beyond FLIBS’ dedication to exhibitors like Club Ki’ama and Silent Yachts of North America representing some of the most important sustainability developments in the industry. The Ki’ama Club is proud to announce that their first solar-powered luxury villa community in the Bahamas is launching soon. Located on beautiful Elizabeth Island near Great Exuma, this luxury villa community will consist of up to 28 villas, ensuring a low rate of development on the island. Each villa consists of four bedrooms and four bathrooms with light modern furnishings to put the beauty of the island as the main focus.
Ownership of the villas is on a shared basis among members and each owner is granted full access to the solar powered Silent Yacht served. With similar sustainability measures in mind, Silent Yachts of North America introduced at FLIBS their solar-powered yacht. Their Solar Catamarans collect solar energy, which is then stored in the ship’s batteries, allowing owners to choose how they want to use the stored energy. Each Catamaran features 360-degree windows and a family-style kitchen, allowing guests to experience unparalleled luxury at sea.
Serving as an international hotspot for sailing and yachting displays, luxury exhibitors and exciting shows, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is fall’s maritime networking event. Furthermore, the educational aspect with the demonstrations at AquaticZone and the dedication to sustainability measures make this event not only a showcase of luxury yachts and boats, but also an opportunity to find Learn more about the yachting lifestyle and all its effects. Yachts, by design, are not for everyone. But for those who love the idea of charting their own sea voyage while living in luxury, there’s nothing like the Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show to make that dream come true.
Article written by Ashley Topham and Glenn Harris