Plans are moving ahead for the 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, set for Nov. 3-7 at seven locations.
New for this year will be redesigned exhibit space highlighting American companies that serve the superyacht industry, more and upgraded food and beverage options throughout the show, and boat handling courses.
"Each year we take steps to improve upon the last event. Guests can expect an elevated experience at this year's show," Brett Keating, vice president of consumer marketing for Show Management, the event's producer, said in a statement. Active Interest Media owns Trade Only and Show Management.
"Many exhibitors and attendees have shared some great ideas with us and we've been able to activate many of them,” Keating said. “We're looking forward to great feedback on the additions to this year's event."
Redesigned exhibit space will include a “Made in America” Yacht Builders Tent at the Bahia Mar location that will be renamed as the American Pavilion, sponsored by the U.S. Superyacht Association.
The yacht-specific exhibit space will house 40 American companies serving the super yacht industry, organizers said.
The new pavilion layout also will include educational seminars on topics such as charter, travel, new technology and electronics, and yacht toys.
Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard will be available to answer questions regarding cruising U.S. waters. New this year for USSA members, the Aft Deck VIP Lounge will offer refreshments and food each day.
"We've more than doubled our space this year creating a unique destination within the show designed to shine the spotlight on American yachting service and cruising excellence," U.S. Superyacht Association manager Kitty McGowan said.
The largest tent located at the center of the show's Bahia Mar location, formerly known as the Yachting Tent, has been renamed the Superyacht Pavilion and redesigned with newly reconfigured isles and a central, full-service bar serving morning coffee and drinks and snacks throughout the day.
Other exhibit tents located at Bahia Mar also have been renamed and include the Marine Equipment Tent, Boating Accessories Tent, Engine Tent and Electronics Tent. Complete show maps and site plans can be found at FLIBS.com.
Layout changes also include relocating the floating village composed of members of the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss), previously situated along the Face Dock at Bahia Mar, to the Hall of Fame Marina, immediately to north of Bahia Mar.
The show’s Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center location will be catered by the convention center’s company known as Savor.
Outside the Convention Center, air conditioning now fills the show's Sailfish Pavilion.
First-time boaters and seasoned skippers alike can improve their boat handling skills at courses sponsored by Carefree Boat Club. Instruction includes basic and advanced docking skills, anchoring and multi-vessel rafting techniques, open water boat handling, first mate skills and more.
Participants will learn from USCG-licensed captains. Participants are encouraged to register online in advance at ShowManagement.com or during the show at the Powerboat Skills Training Center located at the end of "B" Dock at Bahia Mar.