Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Announces New Dates

April 10, 2017 12:18 pm

Organizers of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show announced new dates for the 58th annual event: Wednesday, November 1 through Sunday, November 5, 2017.

Historically, the show has opened on the first Thursday of November and closed the following Monday. 

Owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and produced by Show Management, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show draws hundreds of leading marine businesses from around the world and thousands of boating enthusiasts who come to browse, buy and learn about what is new on the water. 

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“We decided to change the days of show after listening to strong industry feedback supporting an earlier event,” said Charles McCurdy, chief executive of Informa’s Global Exhibitions division, which purchased Show Management in March. “We worked diligently with all stakeholders involved, including exhibitors, venues, local hoteliers and the MIASF, to ensure a seamless transition and build upon the strength of this annual event.”

Denison had a record-breaking 49 boats in the 2016 show, including 6 superyachts longer than 100 feet. The displays consisted of brokerage boats at Bahia Mar and Las Olas marinas and new boat displays with Hatteras, Beneteau, Carver and Marquis, as well as sailboats at Pier 66.

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Show organizers plan to keep the new Wednesday-through-Sunday date pattern in future years. Denison has participated in every Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show since it began in the 1960s.

“Over the past 57 years, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has evolved from a local boat show into a truly international exhibition,” said Phil Purcell, CEO and president of MIASF. “We think it’s in the best interest of both exhibitors and consumers to activate the Wednesday of show week and deactivate Monday.”

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FLIBS, the largest in-water boat show in the world, takes place at seven locations connected by a network of water and land transportation. Show locations included 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.

Show hours will be:

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017: 12 pm to 7 pm
  • Thursday, November 2, 2017: 10 am to 7 pm
  • Friday, November 3, 2017: 10 am to 7 pm
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017: 10 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday, November 5, 2017: 10 am to 6 pm
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