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57th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Announces Enhancements for 2016

Published: Friday, October 21, 2016

FLIBS is the largest in-water boat show in the world, attracting an audience of approximately 100,000 boating enthusiasts who share a common interest of life on the water. It covers seven locations with nearly 1,500 boats displayed across more than 3 million square feet of exhibit space. The show draws approximately 1,000 exhibitors from more than 30 countries that display an amazing array of boats, marine products, and accessories — from astonishing super-yachts, fishing boats, runabouts and boats for every budget, to fishing gear, marine art, jewelry and more, all valued at more than $4 billion.

New features planned for this year’s show include redesigned exhibition space capitalizing on the power of the words “made in America,” and the yacht builders tent at the Bahia Mar show location has been rebranded as the American Pavilion and sponsored by the U.S. Superyacht Association (USSA). The yacht-specific exhibit space will house 40 made-in-America companies serving the superyacht industry. The new pavilion layout also will include educational seminars on topics such as charter, travel, new technology, electronics, and yacht toys. Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard will be available to answer questions regarding cruising U.S. waters. New this year for USSA members, the Aft Deck VIP Lounge will offer refreshments and food each day. "We’ve more than doubled our space this year creating a unique destination within the show designed to shine the spotlight on American yachting service and cruising excellence," said Kitty McGowan, manager of the USSA.

Layout changes also include relocating the floating village composed of members of the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss), previously situated along the Face Dock at Bahia Mar, to the Hall of Fame Marina, immediately to the north of Bahia Mar. Complete show maps and site plans can be found at

Returning Favorites

Catamaran Cove returns to the show's Pier 66 Marina location. This dedicated section will feature approximately 20 catamarans, both power and sail, ranging in size from 35 to 95 feet from manufacturers including Gemini, Horizon, Lagoon, Leopard, and Sunreef.

Also returning to the convention center this year, is the always-popular IGFA School of Sportfishing, The Blue Wild Dive and Marine Art Show, and Hook The Future Kids' Fishing Clinics.

The 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is set to take place November 3-7 at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Marina, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

2016 Schedule:

Thursday, Nov. 3 (Prime Time Preview)-:10 a.m. – 7 p.m

Friday, Nov. 4: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m

Saturday, Nov. 5: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m

Sunday, Nov. 6: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m

Monday, Nov. 7: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m


2016 Admission:

Adults: $28

Children (ages 6-15): $12

Children (under 6): Free

Prime Time Preview (Thursday, Nov. 5): $45

Two-Day Ticket: $46

For VIP ticket packages, please email [email protected]


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