Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, held annually in the fall, is the largest in-water boat show in the world. It covers six locations and more than 3 million square feet of space. The boats and other vessels on display include runabouts, sportfishers, high-performance boats, center consoles, cabin and express cruisers, sailing yachts, motoryachts, catamarans, trawlers and extraordinary superyachts.

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Fort Lauderdale: On the docks with Jim Flannery

French boatbuilder Beneteau, continuing its bid for a share of the U.S. powerboat market, debuted four Italian-styled express cruisers: the Flyer Gran Turismo 34, 38, 44 and 49 (also available with a flybridge). The builder introduced its Swift Trawler 42 to this country in 2005 and added a 52 in 2009, a 34 in 2010…more

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Fort Lauderdale: On the docks with Rich Armstrong

Ferruccio Rossi, North American country manager for the Ferretti Group — which comprises Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Riva, Mochi Craft, CRN and the Custom Line — said the group as a whole is developing 42 models that will debut between the end of this year and the end of 2013. He noted that sales…more

Officials: Grand prix won’t affect Fort Lauderdale show

Fort Lauderdale city officials are promising organizers of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show that the proposed Fort Lauderdale Grand Prix 2013 will not hurt the show in any way. Promoters of the race held an open house last week, showing their plans to the community and inviting feedback, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper reported.…more

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Lauderdale sales steady despite downpours

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show organizers and exhibitors said they were generally happy with the event, which ended Monday, despite stormy weather that affected attendance figures. Overall attendance was down about 5 percent from last year, according to Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III. Zimbalist is the chairman and chief executive of Active Interest Media, the parent…more

Marshals seize builder’s booth in Lauderdale

U.S. marshals seized the Inace booth at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in response to the company ignoring a $600,000 federal judgment. The owner of a 111-foot Catalonian Spirit built by the Brazilian yacht company won the judgment on March 11, the South Florida Business Journal reported. The company has since refused to pay,…more

Broward College seeks support for marine programs

FORT LAUDERDALE – Broward College took time last week at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to tout its acclaimed marine engineering management program and ask for industry support of the two-year course that provides students with needed skills and an associate’s degree. The program, which opened its doors in 2008 with 20 students, now…more

FLIBS 2011: VIDEO: Navico rolls out new models

FORT LAUDERDALE — Navico introduced at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show the Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G broadband 4G radar models. The 4G radar delivers 50 percent greater range and target detection than broadband 3G radar, and all 4G radar models feature beam-sharpening technology, which provides the sharpest possible radar images, according to the…more

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FLIBS 2011: Industry vet marks 50 years at show

FORT LAUDERDALE — Navigating the six locations and $3 billion worth of boats and marine products that make up the present-day Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, it’s hard to imagine the event was ever smaller and simpler. But industry veteran Max Hazelwood, 81, has been coming to the show for 50 years and can recall…more

FLIBS 2011: Superyacht group marks five-year anniversary

FORT LAUDERDALE — When 11 founding members of the United States Superyacht Association joined forces, their mission was to create a unified voice for the industry in this country and promote the United States as a superyacht destination. The group, now nearly 200 members strong, met Thursday at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to…more

FLIBS 2011: What’s the future of marine media?

FORT LAUDERDALE — What does today’s boating consumer want in a magazine, and are the industry’s publications meeting those needs? Those were the issues discussed at a joint session of the Marine Marketers of America and Boating Writers International at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Panelists included Andrew Clurman, president and chief operating officer…more

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