Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show countdown underway

A month after Hurricane Irma blew through South Florida, preparations are on schedule to welcome the global boating community to the largest in-water boat show in the world: the 58th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Venues include 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.

Eight miles of temporary floating docks have been put in place by a fleet of tug boats, as ground crews assemble customized, air- conditioned, temporary exhibit space. Over five days, from Wednesday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 5, nearly 1,000 exhibitors from 30 countries will welcome enthusiasts from around the world to the vast display of everything boating.

Spanning more than 3 million square feet across seven locations, all connected by a network of water taxis, riverboats and land shuttles, the show features 1,500 vessels ranging from astonishing super-yachts to boats for every budget, as well as electronics, fishing gear, nautical-themed home goods and fashion.

The show draws an impressively diverse, international crowd of buyers, sellers and new entrants to the boating community who come to see the latest that the global boating industry has to offer and to do business.

Catamaran Cove returns this year and will now be located at the Bahia Mar Marina show location, featuring a wide variety of catamarans from many of the industry’s leading builders.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and managed and produced by Informa Exhibitions. Visit for more info. Like the show at, follow at, connect at, and tune into

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