Oct 07, 2021

All You Need to Know About the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

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An exciting annual event bringing boat lovers together from all over the world, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), will take place on October 27-31, 2021. If you love boats as much as we do, this will be too good of an opportunity to miss.

Why You Should Attend

As a yacht maintenance provider, oftentimes, the FLIBS will provide us with inspiration. There have been several times where our Fort Lauderdale boat hull painting team has returned from the show with new ideas and techniques to use. 

Prior to COVID, the 2019 event was home to 100,000 attendees, including 1,000 exhibitors from 52 countries and more than 1,300 boats on display. The full amount of boats available at this year’s show is still tentative; however, they have released their exhibitor list

The event will showcase catamarans, center consoles, fishing yachts, go-fast boats, inflatables, motor yachts, runabouts, and trawlers. In addition to boats of all shapes, sizes, and makes, FLIBS is home to boating accessories, marine products, fishing gear, and more! 

List of Boat Exhibitors You Can Expect to See at FLIBS

There are so many new maritime boat exhibitors coming to the International Boat Show this year. Presenting some of the coolest and largest yachts in the industry here is a short list of just of the exhibitors we can expect to see throughout the week. 

  • Alva Yachts 
  • Apollo Yachts 
  • Aquila Boats
  • Atlas Marine Systems
  • GOST
  • Grady-White
  • HCB Yachts 
  • Boston Whaler
  • Broward Signs
  • Johnson Electronics & Machinery, Inc
  • Jupiter Bike
  • Seakits, Inc
  • Sealegs US Corporation
  • Sealift
  • Seasucker
  • Lookout Boat Window Frames LLC
  • Lumishore USA, LLC
  • Lurssen
  • Luxxoptica
  • Mercury Marine
  • Merle Wood & Associates
  • Metcalf Marine Exhaust, Inc
  • MetroVac
  • Fischer Panda Generators
  • Fjord NA
  • Fleming Yachts
  • Flexiteek
  • Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America
  • Weller Development Comany
  • WeShipBoats.com
  • West Marine
  • Westerbeke Corporation
  • Yellowfin
  • Young Boats, Inc.
  • Zeelander Yachts
  • Zeno Mattress
  • Sunbrella
  • Sunflow Inc
  • SunGlass Haven
  • Sunreef Venture S.A.
  • Propspeed USA, Inc.
  • Pursuit Boats
  • PYI, Inc.
  • Quick USA

Main Attractions

Superyacht Village

A can’t miss spectacle to behold for yacht lovers is the SuperYacht Village. Peruse luxurious yachts and their extravagant amenities and features, such as helicopters, cars, and submarines. 

Windward VIP Club

For those willing to pay a little extra for premium seats, the Winward VIP Club provides both indoor and outdoor settings for viewing, along with an open bar and gourmet food. 

AquaZone

A showcase of various water sports and exciting new marine products! 

Hook the Future

The perfect place for the young fisherman, this attraction provides various fishing clinics catered to children from ages 4-16. 

Show Locations

As the world’s largest in-water boat show, with hundreds of exhibitors, the show has a variety of locations, including the Las Olas Marina, Pier 66 Marina, SuperYacht Village at Pier 66 South, Hall of Fame Marina, Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, and the main location, the Bahia Mar Yachting Center. 

The show can be experienced through the Superyacht Village, Windward VIP Club, AquaZone, and Hook the Future. 

FLIBS Afterparty 

Don’t let the fun stop after the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show! There are so many exhilarating FLIBS afterparty events going on around town. Here are some of the best parties to attend after. 

  • Embark Vodka and Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach are hosting a Rock The Boat, private FLIBS afterparty event. Celebrate the 71st FL*IBS at the Bahia Mar rooftop pool deck and enjoy specialty cocktails with live music! 
  • The Wilder is throwing The Official Boat Show Afterparty with DJ sets, specialty cocktails, chef-driven dinner plates, and VIP bottle specials. Must be 21+ to party! 

FLIBS Economic Impact on South Florida 

It is no secret that the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has had a huge economic impact on South Florida. In 2020, the boating industry announced that FLIBS generated more than $1.3 billion in economic output throughout the state of Florida1. Phil Purcell, MIASF CEO/president believes that FLIBS has a much larger economic impact than any other event in South Florida, even a super bowl. The International Boat Show assists in the upkeep of the $12 billion South Florida marine industry as well as providing jobs for over 142,000 maritime workers. 

Other facts about FLIBS economic impact in 2020: 

  • 8,000 full-time jobs were associated with the show and exhibitors
  • Over 100,000 visitors, 61% of whom came from outside the region 
  • About 72,000 room nights were booked in local hotels 

Service Your Boat

At Yacht Management, we provide a variety of services to take the stress out of boating. Our services include, but are not limited to, yacht maintenance, dockside service programs, mechanical and electrical, concierge and logistics, financial management, and complete yacht management

Related Readings:

Interview Tips for Getting a Job on a Yacht 

5 Benefits of Installing Underwater LED Boat Lights 

Sources: 

1 - Boating Industry - New Study Shows $1.3 Billion Economic Impact of FLIBS

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