Long before the Internet or cable television or even before a man walked on the moon, there was the Fort Lauderdale (International) Boat Show (commonly known as FLIBS). Originally founded in 1959 by local manufacturers and dealers looking for a way to sell boats, and directed by a committee of volunteers. “It would’ve been hard to imagine that FLIBS would become the cultural and commercial icon that it is today. In 1959, it made a splash with just 13 boats in the still new Lauderdale Marina and yet it enjoyed immediate success, quickly growing from an informal, free-to-the-public and volunteer-led exhibition, to the hugely-ambitious and grandly-scaled extravaganza that it is today,” said Andrew Doole, president of U.S. Boat Shows for Informa Markets. 

We are now at the 62nd edition of the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show which is, quite simply, the world’s biggest boat show, and will bring the ultimate in luxury yachts and cutting-edge marine technology with more than 1,000 boats from 52 different countries, attracting more than 100,000 visitors.

Held every year in late October/early November, this is the place for manufacturers to show off their latest models. This year’s event will take place from Wednesday 27th of October to Sunday 31st of October. The show opens each day at 10am and closes in the evening at 7pm, however the parties go on long into the small hours.

FLIBS, offers the largest in-water presence of boats and marine exhibits in the world. It will be a show-stopping event over the course of five days filled with unforgettable activations, including the return of the Superyacht Village, Windward VIP Club, and AquaZone, and the premiere of the Fort Lauderdale Concours. It’s not just US brands either, with yards from all across the globe flocking to Florida to win over the discerning boaters.

The 62nd annual FLIBS will set the stage for highly anticipated debuts of megayachts by world-class manufacturers such as Azimut Yachts, Ocean Alexander, Princess Yachts, and the Ferretti Group. 

FLIBS is a major economic driver benefitting the marine industry, the city of Fort Lauderdale, and the state of Florida with a total statewide economic impact of $1.3 billion as a result of the 2019 show and over $714 million in products sold over the 5-day event. With over 80 percent of the show taking place in open-air outdoor spaces, FLIBS will continue to offer a safe, open-air experience for exhibitors, visitors, and the local community to enjoy the greatest boat show on the seven seas.

Among all the superyachts present at this year’s show, we would like to focus on 3 of the most stunning yachts on the market, M/Y BOLD, M/Y PLVS VLTRA and M/Y ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM, already displayed at other yacht shows this year, such as the Monaco Yacht Show.

The 85.3m (279’10”) expedition yacht BOLD is an excellent superyacht for the luxury charter market. Delivered by the Australian shipyard SilverYachts and featuring interior styling by Vain Interiors this multi-award winning yacht can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests in 8 cabins.


The multi-award winning 73.5m (241’2”) motor yacht PLVS VLTRA was built by Amels in the Netherlands at their Vlissingen shipyard. Her interior is styled by British designer design house Winch Design and she was delivered to her owner in August 2016. This luxury vessel’s exterior design is the work of Tim Heywood Design.

The 49.07m (161’) motor yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM by the American shipyard Trinity Yachts offers flexible accommodation for up to 10 guests in 5 cabins and features interior styling by British designer Evan K Marshall. 

Additionally worth a mention, are dozens of noteworthy yachts that will be making their debut this year: 

  • Azimut Verve 42
  • Burger 50 Cruiser
  • Cruisers 34 GLS
  • Feadship 77m Boardwalk
  • Ferretti 1000
  • Greenline Ocean 68 Hybrid
  • Jaguar 36 Offshore Fish
  • Maritimo M55
  • Nordhavn 80
  • Ocean Alexander 35R
  • Pershing 6X
  • Princess Y72
  • Pursuit S 345 Sport
  • Riva 68 Diable
  • Riviera 645 SUV
  • Sirena 68
  • Viking 64 Convertible


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