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The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Oct 25, 2023 - Oct 29, 2023

By Rob Bowman
Updated On Sep 21, 2023

Join United Yacht Sales at the 2023 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show starting Wednesday, October 25th through Sunday, October 29th. Our team will be in attendance both displaying yachts for sale and helping customers find the right new or pre-owned vessel for their needs. If you are attending the boat show and just aren't sure where to start, give our main office a call at (772) 463-3131. We will connect you with a professional, knowledgeable broker that can answer all of your questions and personally assist you at the show.


What Are The Dates And Times Of The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show?

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is an annual 5-day event held in late October. The 2023 show will run from:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 25th from 12PM-7PM
  • Thursday, Oct. 26th 10AM-7PM
  • Friday Oct. 27th 10AM-7PM
  • Saturday Oct. 28th 10AM-7PM
  • Sunday Oct. 29th 10AM-6PM


Our 2023 FLIBS Display:  (Stay Tuned To See What Boats Will Be Added!)


"KUDU" - 2016 FERRETTI YACHTS 750 - ASKING $2,299,000

kudu - ferretti 750 yacht 2016

"KUDU" is a just-listed Ferretti 750 Flybridge that will be on display with United Yacht Sales Lima Division at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. Powered with twin MTU 10V 2000M93 1,524HP engines, enjoy cruising at speeds near 30 knots with superb stability and comfort. Perfect for entertaining friends or longer journeys to your favorite destinations, KUDU features 4 staterooms, including a master suite with king-sized berth, along with separate crew quarters.

Broker Contact Info: John Dial, 561-445-0078

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Merritt Boats 72

A true custom built-to-order sportfish yacht, Merritt’s hull #91, SIR REEL, is a magnificent tournament-ready, fish anywhere convertible yacht. Originally built in 2009 by legendary Merritt’s Boat and Engine Works in Pompano Beach, Florida, SIR REEL was continuously upgraded by her owners over the ensuing decades.

Designed and built to perform and raise fish in any sea conditions, SIR REEL delivers a dry comfortable ride, slicing through head seas with minimal bow rise. She is solidly built of epoxy-infused multi-directional E-glass and carbon fiber that is vacuum-bagged with Core-Cell composite coring for exceptional lightweight strength and endurance.

Broker Contact Info: Greg Graham, 305-522-4739

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"OFF THE HOOK" - 2019 PRINCESS F62 - ASKING $2,190,000

princess yachts f62 at flibs

OFF THE HOOK represents a unique opportunity to purchase a highly upgraded, low hour and professionally yacht managed F Series Motoryacht that is outfitted for the tropical climate of Florida. She was recently professionally serviced and was just hauled out in the yard so she is ready for her new owner. OFF THE HOOK is the best value in a late model Princess F62 around. Some of the features include a spacious three-stateroom layout featuring an aft crew cabin, Seakeeper Gyro, Raymarine Electronics, and more.

Broker Contact Info: Christopher Cooke, 772-631-7702

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2017 INVINCIBLE 42 - ASKING $449,000

invincible boats 42 at flibs

Beautiful Invincible 42 Open Fisherman - Lift Kept - Folding Tower with Dual Station - REPOWERED in October 2020 with Triple Yamaha 350 C-Series and under warranty until 10/2027 - KEPT UNDER FULL COVER.

Broker Contact Info: Greg Graham, 305-522-4739

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How Much Money Does the Fort Lauderdale Intl. Boat Show Bring In?

overview of the fort lauderdale boat show

The economic impact throughout the state of Florida is $1.79 billion through show purchases and expenditures. $709.7 million is estimated sales by Florida companies and $85.8 million generated in Florida state and local taxes. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is produced by the non-profit Marine Industry Association of South Florida (MIASF), the largest trade organization in the Southeast United States and owner of FLIBS, and Informa Markets with the support of the City of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County. MIASF is focused on sustained growth of the marine industry in the South Florida region and to the benefit of its members and their customers, communities, and the environment.


Is the Fort Lauderdale Intl. Boat Show the Biggest in the US?

Spread across 7 locations with 6 miles of floating docks, over 1,300 boats on display and 1,000 exhibiting brands, it is not only the largest show in the US, but the largest in-water show in the world! FLIBS showcases more world and US debuts than any other boat show in the United States, solidifying Fort Lauderdale as the “Yachting Capital of the World.”


Is The Fort Lauderdale Intl. Boat Show Free?

Digital tickets should be purchased via the official FLIBS website in advance of the show dates, as there is NO BOX OFFICE AT THE SHOW. Digital tickets will be scanned at the show entry points. Children under the age of 6 are free when accompanied by an adult. Active military and veterans receive complimentary General Admission on Sunday, October 29th by sending a copy of their ID to for an advance digital ticket. General Admission tickets include access to all 7 show exhibit locations. Prices detailed on the official FLIBS website include sales tax. NOTE: Entry onto a vessel is exclusively at the discretion of manufacturers, dealers, or brokers.


How Many People Come to The Fort Lauderdale Intl. Boat Show?

people on the docks at FLIBS

Over 100,000 attended FLIBS in 2022 over the 5-day event, with 49% from outside of Florida. The show attracts a global audience to see the best the marine industry has to offer and to enjoy a luxurious experience in the beautiful backdrop of Fort Lauderdale—the “Venice of America.”


Where Should I Park for The Fort Lauderdale Intl. Boat Show?

water taxi at the fort lauderdale boat show

The Broward County Convention Center serves as the show’s transportation hub, providing affordable $20/day parking and seamless transfers to complimentary air-conditioned shuttles and ticketed Water Taxis for easy, smooth navigation between all 7 show locations, including the Bahia Mar Yachting Center and SuperYacht Village at Pier 66, which offers on-site valet parking ($50) and self-parking ($25)—no in & out parking allowed. The Convention Center and 18 other participating City of Fort Lauderdale garages work with the Pay-By-Phone system for quick, easy payment using the app on an iPhone or Android device. Traffic can be avoided altogether by taking the Brightline to the Fort Lauderdale station located at 101 NW 2nd Avenue, with free shuttle service to the Riverside Hotel Water Taxi Docks.


What Do You Wear to the Fort Lauderdale Intl. Boat Show?

Wear comfortable clothing suitable for subtropical South Florida climate and lots of walking, climbing on and off boats. Sunscreen, bottled water, sunglasses, hat, and comfortable walking shoes that easily slip on/off are recommended, as you will be required to remove them before boarding a vessel. Check the local weather report—a rain poncho or umbrella may come in handy. For those attending the Concours event—glam it up!


What Marina is the Fort Lauderdale Intl. Boat Show in?

The main location is the Bahia Mar Yachting Center marina at 801 Seabreeze Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, FL USA 33316. Additional marinas are the Las Olas Marina, Hall of Fame Marina, SuperYacht Village at Pier 66 South (enclave for superyachts), Pier 66 Marina, and Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. Water Taxi or Shuttle Bus will take you to the several locations. Tickets also include access to the Browad County Convention Center featuring AquaZone’s 30’ x 60’ 40,000-gallon pool showcasing various watersports and new innovative product demos, Nautical Ventures yacht toys and tenders, and many more marine products.


What Is the Best Hotel to Stay at for the Fort Lauderdale Intl. Boat Show?

For attendees, the best rates with no booking fees are through onPeak – the only official provider for FLIBS, offering hotel options that are convenient for the show, with flexible change and cancellation policies. Distance from FLIBS ranges from 0.1 miles (Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach at $503 avg/night located closest to show) up to 8 miles, and average per night rates range from $124 (Cambria Hotel and Comfort Suites or $129 Springhill Suites Marriott at FTL airport/cruise port about 6-8 miles from the show) to $699 avg/night at 5-star rated Four Seasons Hotel (1.3 miles from show). Go to the official FLIBS 2023 website for the full range of hotel options and booking through the convenient onPeak service.