Home » Fun Stuff, Yacht Nation

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show (FLIBS) 2010

Submitted onAugust 12, 2010 One Comment, join the conversation
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2010

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2010

The Grand Daddy of the them all. The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, or FLIBS if you want to be accepted into the cool crowd, is arguably the largest boat show of the world.

Located along the famous Fort Lauderdale beach and more precisely at the Bahia Mar Marina, this is THE show to attend if you’re serious about buying or selling your yacht. Thousands of boats, hundreds of exhibitors and hundreds of thousands visitors make this one of the single most important events for the marine industry every year.

Because it is so popular you’ll find that hotel accommodations are scarce and parking near the show is brutally expensive. Luckily the show offers offsite parking that can bring you to and from the show via shuttle buses or water taxi. We strongly suggest the water taxi since it’s faster and just more fun.

The show grew exponentially over the past decade until it hit a big snag in 2005 when Hurricane Wilma paid Fort Lauderdale a visit just a week prior to the show. Power was down in most areas, roads were inaccessible, hotel windows were blown out and many boats that were to be exhibited had been diverted to safer waters. The 2005 FLIBS show went on, but it was a disaster with empty visitor docks and exhausted exhibitors.

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2010, FLIBSIn 2006 & 2007 the show rebounded nicely from the pent up buying power of the missed 2005 season. Exhibitors grew thereby expanding the show northward well beyond the Las Olas Blvd bridge and south to Pier 66. By 2008 the economy had taken a scary downturn and the presidential elections was the buzzward on the docks.  Nonetheless, exhibitors pushed on feeling that this had to be a make it or break it show…and for many it was.

The 2009 FLIBS was visibly smaller in size (although still enormous) and we found many empty slips from boats that pulled out of the show. While a lower number of boats exhibited may appear to be a bad thing, we found it to be on the contrary. Boats that would normally be tied in stern-to and sandwiched like sardines were now spaced out, some even tied side-to so one could get a full view of the profile. For the buyers it was nice to be able to see the boats better and for the sellers it was an excellent opportunity to show off with less competition.

With the economy trying to rebound and banks getting back into the boating business we’re expecting that this year’s FLIBS will be a moderate success.  The show is still amazing, the city is fun and you can bet that you will find unprecedented deals at this year’s show(s).

Our Friends at Lucid Yacht selected 6 Must See Yachts for the 2010 Boat Show. There opinion is that though there may be other boats people are buzzing about, these yachts are exceptional in their value (i.e. what you pay and what you get for it).

If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!
If you enjoyed this article, how about sharing it!

One Comment »

Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.