October 18, 2023

Fort Lauderdale 2023 Boat Show Preview

Fort Lauderdale, Florida the Yachting Capital of the World arrives into its 64th International boat show edition in 2023, to be held from October 25 up to the 29. Fort Lauderdale is the largest floating water show since a few and years and for the 64th is very upbeat, coming from the record success of last year 2022 edition which had over 100,000 plus of visitors, over one thousand brands, and 1300 plus of boats and yachts.  As in some years the 2023 edition is divided into seven show locations; the Broward County Convention Centre, Bahia Mar Yachting Centre, Hall Of Fame Marina, Las Olas Marina, 17th Street Yacht Basin, Pier 66 Marina, and Superyacht Village at Pier 66 South which together will cover an area of over three million square foot.  As is with Fort Lauderdale the show offers a wide variety of boats and sea vessels from runabouts, sport fisherman, high performance boats, centre consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and superyachts. The Fort Lauderdale Boat show will feature the following World previews; Albemarle 53 Spencer, Galeon 450 HTC and 800 Fly, Schaefer 375, Sunseeker Ocean 182, and Viking 90 Convertible. 
Fort Lauderdale boat show debuted in 1959, the first edition was organized by a group of Florida boat builders and dealers as a free to enter voluntary organized exhibition at the new Lauderdale Marina with only thirteen boats on show. Fort Lauderdale though rapidly expanded in its second year doubling exhibitors and visitors, and in its tenth year anniversary it received over 50,000 visitors with a 53 foot its largest yacht on display.  By 1971 Fort Lauderdale boat show had 115 exhibitors and recorded one million US$ in vessel sales.  In 1974 its makes important changes from moving to Bahia Mar which is till today the current home, and updates its dates from Summer to the mid-Fall which still mark the calendar today.  In the 1990's Fort Lauderdale boat show becomes the USA primary large yacht show and starts adding additional locations, with two hundred yachts above fifty foot in the water by 1996.  In the sixtieth 2019 Fort Lauderdale edition, the boat show will add its latest seventh location with the new Superyacht Village which will feature ten yachts over sixty meters in length.  Fort Lauderdale was one of the few boat shows which was organized even during the 2020 and 21 pandemic years.
Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 1963 Fourth Edition

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