It’s big. It’s bold. It’s the 57th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). Boating enthusiasts from around the world descend on FLIBS to see and be seen. As a leading gathering of the recreational marine industry each year, the show is where manufacturers introduce new models, ideas and technology. FLIBS is also known as a buyers’ show, where scores of boats are bought each day, from 18-foot runabouts at the Convention Center to 180-foot megayachts along the face dock at the show’s main waterway location on the ICW in front of the Bahia Mar Resort & Yachting Center across from Fort Lauderdale beach. We’ve rounded out the 2016 FLIBS Must-See New Boats, just for you.
Similar to last year, this year’s show spans 7 locations and will feature nearly 1,500 boats displayed across more than 3 million square feet of exhibit space. A well-planned network of parking, ground transportation, water taxis, and riverboats route visitors efficiently to an exciting array of boats, marine products and accessories. More than 1,000 exhibitors from 30 countries have products on display, but the real stars are the wide variety of boats and yachts from builders both foreign and domestic.
The dollar amount of vessels—lavish superyachts, sleek fishing boats, sporty runabouts, fast tenders, thunderous powerboats, and many more—available for tours and inspection by the public totals up to more than $4 billion. For the second straight year the show includes the VIP Boat Show Experience program, a pass that includes a show ticket, water taxi transportation and access to the Windward Club. The cost per person is $155 on Prime Time Thursday, November 3, and $140 for any of the other days of the show.
Here’s a pre-show glance at some of the most exciting new boats that will be on display at the docks and the Convention Center—a roundup of the marine industry’s best for 2016-2017. Don’t miss the 2016 FLIBS Must-See New Boats!
— By Doug Thompson, Southern Boating Magazine October 2016