The Grandfather: Ft. Lauderdale Yacht and Brokerage Show 2013
In its 54th year, the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show may look the part of the grandfather in comparison with younger, fresher, more elegant shows, but do not be fooled. The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show remains one of the strongest workhorses in the industry.
With six locations, three million square feet of marine industry product exhibits, attendance surpassing 100,000, and more boats in the water than any show in the world, the Fort Lauderdale show has panache. The 2013 show, running Oct. 31 through Nov. 4, will feature approximately 60 boats in the superyacht category, ranging from 80 to 284 feet, tucked in close to the SYBAss (say “sea bass”) Village.
SYBAss is the Super Yacht Builders Association. Superyachts have different requirements than most other boating categories for proper presentation in a boat show environment. SYBAss provides guidance in the planning stages to ensure the yachts are appropriately displayed for viewing by a discriminating international audience.
At the 2012 show, the svelte, black form of the 296-foot Nero impressed superyacht fans. Nero was designed in the image of J. Pierpont Morgan’s stunning, classic yacht Corsair. This year, from American shipyard Derecktor, the 284-foot Cakewalk will earn high praise and notoriety as the largest yacht featured. Designed by Tim Heywood, this modern classic is elegant and beautiful, but also casual enough to be livable. She will tuck in conveniently near the superyacht hub of activity.
Those staying with the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina will find the special SYBAss welcome pavilion quite convenient. Within the show, SYBAss Village will host a privileged audience on preview night. Throughout the show, the air conditioned float will serve as a respite for members and their guests. The lower level SYBAss Lounge will provide a private, quiet space with wifi access and conversation areas conducive to the art of the deal. The upper level SYBAss Café will serve proper meals with linen, silver, wine and dessert, perfect for business meetings or quiet celebrations.
The My Boat Show app has undergone a refit, offering improved navigation around docks, exhibits and tents. Guests may search for a boat by name, size, manufacturer, or type. Additionally, guests can request directions to ‘village’ locations, each featuring specific types of boats or products.
There is much to do and even more to learn at this show. Knowledgeable, respected yacht industry professionals are here to engage your questions and provide guests with detailed information to bring new initiates up to speed. For those considering purchase or charter, or simply wanting to keep current on yachting industry products, the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show proves an invaluable tool, and Best of Yachting will be onsite, attentive to relaying information to our readers through our website.
Fort Lauderdale Boat Show: http://www.showmanagement.com/event
Superyacht Builders Association: http://www.sybass.org
Derecktor Shipyards/Cakewalk: http://www.derecktor.com/new-construction/yachts/cakewalk/
Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/FortLauderdale/Default.htm?utm_campaign=TBPSUSEGPB237&src=ps&pId=rztbppc
The Bimini Boatyard: http://www.biminiboatyard.com
Grille 401: http://www.grille401.com
Johnny V: http://www.johnnyvlasolas.com