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Superyachts draw global buyers to world’s largest in-water boat show

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The 56th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) takes place in the “Yachting Capital of the World” from Nov.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The 56th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) takes place in the “Yachting Capital of the World” from Nov. 5 to 9, drawing thousands of boating enthusiasts and marine businesses from around the world. Featuring $4 billion worth of superyachts, boats of all kinds and cutting-edge technology and products across more than three million square feet of exhibit space, the show’s exhibits include “yacht toys” such as personal submarines, water jet packs, helicopters and an impressive display of exotic automobiles. The largest in-water boat show in the world draws more than 1,000 exhibitors from more than 30 countries each year and an international crowd of about 100,000 people.

In addition to being the event where yacht buyers and sellers converge each year to see what’s new, the show also delivers plenty of fun including crowd-packed floating cocktail lounges, live music, fishing and boating seminars for adults and children of all ages and live paddleboard, kayak, hovercraft and freedive demonstrations.

The show’s seven locations are connected by a convenient land and water transportation network offering parking and transportation options to get show-goers to seven locations including the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Pier 66 Marina and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® is owned and presented by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, managed and produced by Show Management and sponsored by Audi, Bank of America,, Budweiser, DASSAULT FALCON, G-Marine, GEICO, Gosling’s Rum, Palm Harbor Marina, QuintEvents, Smallwoods, Sun Sentinel, Yachtwear, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), and ULYSSE NARDIN.