The sixty-third annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show returns to Fort Lauderdale October 26-30, spanning seven locations (including the Bahia Mar Yachting Center and the Broward County Convention Center) and giving guests the opportunity to view and tour some of the best watercraft offerings on the market. Here, we highlight five things not to miss at the largest in-water boat show in the world.
The bread and butter of the boat show is arguably the Superyacht Village, an exclusive marina featuring the largest and most luxe vessels at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina’s Pier South property. Take a tour of a superyacht or meet with builders to design your next project (or just dream a bit).
Windward VIP Club
Attend in style with access to the Windward VIP Club, offering an elevated indoor-outdoor experience complete with a premium open bar, gourmet tastings, and access to the show one hour before general admission.
Hook the Future
New to the show this year is Hook the Future, slated for October 29 and 30, when Captain Don Dingman will host fishing clinics tailored to children ages 4-16. Participants will learn how to select the right tackle and lures, how to cast, and how to properly reel in a fish.
Everyone’s favorite splash zone is back—and bigger than ever! Check out some of the most exciting water sports and innovative marine products on the market today. Demonstrations start one hour after the show’s opening and end one hour before closing.
Between boat tours and demos, make sure to grab a bite to eat. This year, Proof of the Pudding has partnered with the show to offer a host of delicious dining options. Last year’s noshes featured everything from Greek gyros to woodfired picanha to fresh stone crab claws.
Across the Pond Preview
There’s plenty to admire at this year’s FLIBS, but one pick FLI is excited to check out in person is the new Squadron 68 by luxury British boatbuilder Fairline Yachts. It’ll make its debut as part of the Nautical Ventures display. A peek inside reveals multiple entertaining spaces, a sociable bar that extends into the cockpit, a complete refresh of its chic, modern interiors, and more that you’ll have to see to believe.