5 Things to Know About the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Boat show season is off to a great start this year. Some gorgeous new yachts have made their European premieres in Cannes <link to blog>, Monaco and Genova. Now it’s time to unveil them in Florida. As you prepare for the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, here is a quick guide to help you plan a great visit.
When to Go
The 59th annual Fort Lauderdale Boat Show will be held from October 31 to November 4. The event starts at 12:00 pm on opening day, 10:00 am on subsequent days, and visitors are welcome until 7:00 pm.
It’s a major international yacht industry event which will cover a total of seven different locations: the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Pier Sixty-Six Marina and the Greater Fort Lauderdale - Broward County Convention Center.
Don’t have tickets yet? You can purchase tickets online in advance.
What to See
The boat show in Fort Lauderdale has always been a popular event because of the wide range of boats, tenders and toys on display. From cabin cruisers and sport cruisers to catamarans, jet skis, innovative water toys, luxury yachts and custom vessels…there is no shortage of variety. At the 2018 edition, visitors will also be treated to a spectacular exhibit of vintage and one-of-a-kind cars.
Who to Visit
Yacht builders and luxury designers from all over the world congregate in Fort Lauderdale each year. Visitors should definitely plan to stop by the Riviera dock as the shipyard will have four new models making their debut at FLIBS.
The Italian shipbuilder Ferretti will be one of the dominant exhibitors with a fleet of 19 yachts on display from the Ferretti Custom Line, Riva and Pershing brands; among these, three models are making their premiere.
Astondoa will be displaying the all-new 66’ Flybridge compact day cruiser. The Spanish shipyard will also show the increasingly popular 80’ Flybridge model, which combines powerful performance with a customizable, luxury look. Don’t miss the chance to come onboard and see the latest Astondoa models on display. Contact G Marine to schedule a private viewing.
Where to Eat
At the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, visitors will have fresh, locally sourced gourmet dining options for a change this year. If you’re looking for a great place to dine with friends and colleague outside of the event, we recommend:
Boatyard - This aptly named seafood restaurant is located close to the main FLIBS pavilion. Here, you can enjoy great cuisine while looking out over the marina. They also have a dock-and-dine option.
Steak 954 - Listed as one of America’s top 40 steakhouses, this is a great spot in Central Beach. It’s a sleek, modern steakhouse situated right on the Fort Lauderdale waterfront.
Shooter Waterfront - For that luxury yacht feel, try dining here. It’s located farther north of the event area, but it’s worth the hike for waterfront views, fresh seafood and signature cocktails.
Why Fort Lauderdale
As if that’s not convincing enough, FLIBS exhibits will span 3 million square feet and more than 1,200 companies in attendance. There will be 6 miles of floating docks lined with a total of 1,500 luxury yachts, motor cruisers and tenders. And an expected 110,000 visitors are expected from 52 different countries. This year, the pavilions have been rearranged and the main entrance has been redesigned, plus parking and shuttle transport have been expanded, to make it even easier for visitors to come and enjoy this epic event.