Des­ti­na­tion Shows

59th Fort Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show The world’s largest in-wa­ter ex­hi­bi­tion prom­ises many up­grades.

Yachts International - - Destination Shows - By The Ed­i­tors


Oc­to­ber 31 to Novem­ber 4, 2018


Bahia Mar Yacht­ing Cen­ter, Fort Laud­erdale


The Fort Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show is the largest in-wa­ter boat show in the world. Owned by the Ma­rine In­dus­tries As­so­ci­a­tion of South Florida and pro­duced by In­forma, this sprawl­ing show spans more than 3 mil­lion square feet of ex­hibit space across seven wa­ter­front lo­ca­tions con­nected by wa­ter and ground trans­porta­tion. The five-day show at­tracts some 110,000 at­ten­dees and 1,200 ex­hibitors rep­re­sent­ing 52 coun­tries with more than 1,500 boats of ev­ery de­scrip­tion on dis­play: ten­ders, power­boats, sport­fish­ers, sailboats, cata­ma­rans and su­pery­achts. It has been com­pared to a Su­per Bowl in terms of re­gional eco­nomic im­pact and be­cause of its im­por­tance to the global boat­ing busi­ness com­mu­nity.

The Wind­ward Club is pre­sented by Delta Pri­vate Jet, in part­ner­ship with Ulysse Nardin, and is lo­cated at the Hall of Fame Ma­rina. It of­fers a pre­mium open bar and gourmet food from early morn­ing through the evening. The cli­mate­con­trolled space will host wine tast­ings by Wine En­thu­si­ast and in­ti­mate events by Ulysse Nardin. Priced at $300 per per­son per day, the Wind­ward VIP Club Ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes show en­try, Wind­ward Club ac­cess, food and pre­mium bev­er­ages, and com­pli­men­tary ac­cess to the wa­ter taxi.


Jan­uary 19-27, 2019


The fair­grounds, Düs­sel­dorf, Ger­many



When we think of in­door boat shows, most of us likely en­vi­sion an ex­hibit hall or two at a con­ven­tion cen­ter or fair­grounds—re­ward­ing, and eas­ily cov­ered in a day. Such is not the case with the sprawl­ing boot Düs­sel­dorf, which cel­e­brates its 50th an­niver­sary in Jan­uary.

Try to get your head around this: This show, on Ger­many’s sto­ried Rhine River, last year at­tracted al­most 2,000 ex­hibitors from 68 coun­tries, and hosted nearly a quarter-mil­lion vis­i­tors from 102 coun­tries. More than 71,000 were from out­side Ger­many, with more than 500 from the United States. The show cov­ers 2.3 mil­lion square feet in 16 ex­hibit halls at Düs­sel­dorf’s fair­grounds. It has float­ing stock rang­ing from kayaks and pad­dle­boards to power and sail­ing yachts. The largest sail­ing yacht on dis­play last year was the 75-foot (22.7-me­ter) Oys­ter 745, and the largest mo­to­ry­acht was the 115-foot (35-me­ter) Princess 35M—both in heated in­door spa­ces.

In ad­di­tion to boats, this show’s themed halls in­clude a stag­ger­ing ar­ray of ma­rine equip­ment and ser­vices. Bet­ter de­scribed as a wa­ter-sports show, boot has three demon­stra­tion pools: one with wind tur­bines for dinghy sail­ing; an­other for pad­dling; and a third called The Wave that throws up a 5-foot stand­ing wave for surf­ing.

If you think you could cover some­thing like boot in a day, good luck. There’s plenty to do in and around Düs­sel­dorf, but it’s wise to save at least two or three days for the show it­self.

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