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.

MIASF plans annual waterway cleanup

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida is organizing its 34th annual Waterway Cleanup, a one-day event that attracts more than 2,000 volunteers and 100 boats in South Florida to clean up the waterways in Broward County. This year’s event is set for March 5 and includes 24 cleanup sites in the county. Volunteers are…more

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Scenes from the Lauderdale show

Here’s a look at what Soundings Trade Only’s staff saw and heard at the 2010 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show On the docks with Chris Landry EdgeWater Power Boats introduced the first vessel in a line of shallow-water bay boats – the 220 Inshore. “We look at this as a general-purpose shallow-water boat,” EdgeWater president…more

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Signs of a thaw at Lauderdale

With fears of a double dip easing, consumers appear to be emerging from their long hibernation It’s been years since organizers and exhibitors have come out of a boat show using phrases such as “pleasantly surprised,” “upbeat and positive” and “plenty of enthusiasm,” but this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show seemed to surpass the…more

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Fort Lauderdale show sees boost in attendance

Attendance at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which concluded Monday, ran about 5 to 6 percent ahead of last year, show organizers told Soundings Trade Only. Additionally, exhibitors reported strong interest from the crowds, with many touting large increases in the number of boats sold at the show, compared with the past few…more

FLIBS 2010: MMA names Neptune Award winners

FORT LAUDERDALE – The Marine Marketers of America Thursday announced the winners of its third annual 2010 Neptune Awards for Marketing Excellence during the group’s biannual meeting held during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The MMA said contest entries were up 60 percent from last year’s awards. Fifty-eight entries were received in 12 categories.…more

FLIBS 2010: Speaker urges broader marketing horizons

FORT LAUDERDALE – Believing that boat shows are the only way to reach a mass of potential customers might be outdated in the age of the Internet and social media. Expanding on the article “Reinventing the Boat Show,” which ran in the June issue of Soundings Trade Only, Michael Sciulla, vice president of the Marine…more

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FLIBS 2010: Show opens with eye to the future

FORT LAUDERDALE – Hopes were high among organizers and exhibitors, and lines were long with show-goers this morning, as the 51st Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opened under sunny skies and with the promise of a good event for an industry in need of a boost. Although organizers had budgeted this year’s show down 10…more

Historic yacht to be auctioned at Fort Lauderdale show

Tucked among acres of fiberglass yachts, the 63-foot, wood-hulled motoryacht Elegante will be at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this week, not for sale, but for auction Saturday at B-dock at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center. The historic one-off yacht, built in 1964 at Whiticar Boat Works in Stuart, Fla., was commissioned by John…more

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Not just a boat show, Fort Lauderdale

Why the industry will be out in force this fall for the $3 billion extravaganza The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is more than just a boat show. With more than 3 million square feet of exhibit space and $3 billion worth of boats, engines, accessories and more, it’s the industry’s premier fall event. “The…more

Lauderdale show announces emissions pledge

Show Management, producer of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, said it will offset 100 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions from its electricity and fuel use at the 2010 boat show. These carbon offsets will prevent more than 264 tons of global carbon dioxide pollution. A carbon offset is a financial instrument aimed at…more

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