FORT LAUDERDALE — The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opened Thursday with the introduction of dozens of new boats (everything from center consoles to motoryachts to jetboats), a testament to the marine industry’s vitality and continued developments in technology and boat design.
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.
FORT LAUDERDALE — The demographic projections tell the story, National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich said at a meeting Thursday of the Marine Marketers of America to talk about reaching out to new markets.
FORT LAUDERDALE — A word to the wise: Run at customers’ problems, not away from them, and don’t try to shift blame, said Bill McGill, CEO and president of MarineMax, the largest U.S. recreational boat and yacht retailer, Thursday morning at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show media breakfast at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center.
FORT LAUDERDALE — The Progressive Miami International Boat Show faced “some challenges” in 2016 at its new venue at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin on Virginia Key, but “we’ve learned a lot,” National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich said.
FORT LAUDERDALE — Sunseeker International, the UK’s largest boatbuilder, has turned the corner and is showing a 44 percent increase in orders for its yachts this year and saw sales double in the United States last year, CEO Phil Popham says.
FORT LAUDERDALE — An extra-inning Chicago Cubs win in the World Series Wednesday night was followed by the opening of the 57th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this morning.
FORT LAUDERDALE — Active Interest Media’s Marine Group on Wednesday hosted a meet-the-editors day, giving companies a chance to talk about their latest products, marketing initiatives and the overall business climate in the marine industry.
FORT LAUDERDALE — Marine artist Guy Harvey exhibited at his first Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 30 years ago and has exhibited at every one since while becoming not only a successful sportfish artist and entrepreneur, but also a philanthropist, conservationist and educator.
The 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is stepping up its sophistication factor this year to accommodate the droves of people who come not just to browse, but also to close on a new boat.
YachtWorld said it will be the official host of the Windward VIP Concierge at the 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which opens Thursday.