The 60th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Two hundred and thirty trucks deliver six miles of floating docks. One thousand, two hundred exhibitors set up displays. One thousand, five hundred boats fill the labyrinth of in-water docks. Nine megawatts of power (more than twice required for the Super Bowl) is generated, 25,000 credentials are issued, 1,000 private planes arrive, 13 water taxis stand by….Get ready for the greatest show on water: the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Celebrating its 60th year in 2019 from October 30-November 3, the world’s largest in-water boat show sure didn’t start out that way. Back in 1959, it was a humble group of 13 boats. The next year, twice the number of exhibitors signed up, and it grew monumentally each year thereafter. By its 10th anniversary, 50,000 visitors were walking the docks. Fifty years later, the show fills seven locations from Las Olas to Port Everglades and has something for every boating enthusiast.
New this year is the Superyacht Village, located at Pier 66, where the largest yachts will be sparkling alongside the coolest new water toys. Another addition is the Anglers’ Lounge at the Convention Center. With a bird’s-eye view over the exhibits, guests with upgraded tickets can enjoy a meal from the Key West tapas-style menu, one complimentary drink, entertainment, and cash bar. Those needing respite at Bahia Mar can turn to the Windward Club on the main dock which offers a VIP experience of a premium open bar and gourmet food.
Another stat: 110,000 attendees are expected and 110,000 beers are typically consumed. Coincidence? We don’t think so. Have a cold one and check out these 50 builders showing off their newest models. flibs.com