Fort Lauderdale Boat Show (FLIBS) is just around the corner, opening on October 30th and running until the 3rd November, and the excitement is palpable within the industry. With over 15,000 boats on display and exhibitors from more than 50 countries, FLIBS 2019 has come along way since its beginnings in 1959, when just 13 vessels were on display. It is now the world’s leading in-water boat show, and is celebrating its 60th anniversary with the premiere of a dedicated Superyacht Village, displaying a range of exquisite superyachts, toys, helicopters, submarines and cars. With so much to look forward to, we wanted to round up the best yacht launches, seminars, and events to attend while there.
Hotly-anticipated yacht launches at FLIBS 2019
With a total of 15 new build yachts promised to be on display, including one world premiere, and over 15,000 boats in total, that’s a lot of yacht tours to fit into just five days!
95-metre MADSUMMER by Lürssen
Lürssen is known for its iconic and visionary yacht design, and MADSUMMER’s world premiere will likely create headlines. Expect luxury without boundaries – she offers a helipad and impressive diving facilities, while her onboard features include a swimming pool, spa, gym, private cinema, upper deck skylight and fireplace
65-foot LY650 by Marquis & Lexus
Lovers of the Lexus luxury car brand are in for a treat, as the exclusive company has teamed up with Marquis Yachts and legendary yacht design studio Nuvolari Lenard to take the elegance of Lexus to the seas. It might not be a superyacht in size, but it is certainly super in every other way.
27-metre LEVEN 90 by LeVen Yachts
Promising a unique jet-nozzle propulsion system that cuts through shallow water with ease, proven on commercial and military vessels but never used before on private yachts, this yacht is generating a great deal of buzz. We can’t wait to see what this vessel can do, with the design also claimed to lower noise and vibration while improving fuel efficiency.
31-metre SL102 ASYMMETRIC by Sanlorenzo
FLIBS 2019 will also wow with ASYMMETRIC, whose unusual design takes influence from nature. Sanlorenzo shipyard threw typical yacht design out the window with this stunning boat, allowing her guests to enjoy greater usability of the interior spaces and better access to the exterior. Don’t miss her…
Must-attend seminars and events
FLIBS 2019 is not just about the boats, with so many exciting social meets and learning opportunities. Here’s three of the best.
The Blue Wild Watersports and Marine Art Expo
While at the Convention Centre, be sure to visit “The Blue Wild Watersports and Marine Art Expo” in the middle lobby. Here, you can listen to experts speak about different topics, from freediving and underwater photography to spearfishing and lobstering, and gaze at cool artwork and photography in the Marine Art Display room.
Aquazone By Nautical Ventures
For everything cutting edge in the world of water toys, the Aquazone is the place to be. Back for its sixth year at FLIBS 2019, every day of the show guests are presented with the opportunity to see much-hyped products in action – if you’re looking for a new tender or toy, there’s nowhere better.
Sunset Soiree & Yacht Chef Competition
In the brand-new Superyacht Village at Pier 66 South, we find the second Annual Sunset Soiree & Yacht Chef Competition. Enjoy mouthwatering cuisine from some of the world’s finest culinary geniuses, alongside craft cocktails to get the party started. Esteemed judges make the final decision, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your opinion!
FLIBS 2019 is just a few days away and offers so much to look to forward to – we’ll see you there…