The 54th installment of the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, FLIBS, covers six locations and over 3 million square feet of space. Exhibits range from yacht builders and designers, to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A variety of boats are on display, both in water and on land – runabouts, center consoles, cabin cruisers, skiffs, sailing yachts, tenders, superyachts, megayachts, powerboats, catamarans, and monohull sailboats.
Of course the star attractions each year remain the extraordinary superyacht vesselsthat dominate the Caribbean yacht charter marketplace each winter.
"For us, FLIBS represents the launch of the winter charter season," says Jana Sheeder , President of SailAway Yacht Charters. "This is our chance to introduce our clients to the winter season's best options for Florida yacht charter vacations. Additionally, many of these yachts will consider relocating to the nearby islands to accept Bahamas yacht charter bookings."
In addition to the hundreds of yachts on display, Sheeder points out the show is the perfect venue for inspecting and testing the hottest new watertoys. "If we see a 'must have' toy that we feel will enhance the charter experience for our clients, we'll be the first to promote it to the charter yacht owners. There is truly something for everyone at FLIBS."