The 64th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show wrapped up on Sunday, October 29 following five fantastic days of yachts, boats, social events, meetings and networking to round out the fall show circuit.
For the first time since 2019, FLIBS returned to all seven show locations around Fort Lauderdale showing a diverse number of products on display, latest technological innovations, and the most in-water boats and yachts on display of any other show.
“As we close out the 64th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), we extend our heartfelt gratitude to our community partners and exhibitors for their unwavering dedication and collaborative spirit in putting together this wonderful event. The success of this year’s show is a testament to the steadfast support our industry receives from the City of Fort Lauderdale. This year, we take pride in placing sustainability and innovation at the forefront of FLIBS production. Our initiatives included the reduction of single-use plastics in favor of more eco-friendly options, on-site recycling programs, water refilling stations, and sustainability seminars. Our commitment to a sustainable future is an integral part of FLIBS’ vision, and we are excited to continue collaborating with our partners to educate and inspire attendees in all the diverse ways we can lead sustainable practices that are vital for our industry,” shares Phil Purcell, CEO/President of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and Andrew Doole, President of U.S. Boat Shows at Informa Markets.
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is owned by the MIASF and produced by Informa Markets.
The YATCO Lounge at La Playa
Team YATCO hosted a daily event at the YATCO Lounge at La Playa upstairs at Bo’s Beach.
Every day, YATCO members and clients were able to meet directly across from the show in the privacy and intimacy of the Lounge. Networking with clients old and new, it was the perfect location to sneak away to and catch up.
YATCO would like to thank our very generous sponsors: XPEL, Robinson’s Jewelers, The Chad Bishop Group, Hampton Water Rosé, Papa’s Pilar Rum, International SeaKeepers Society, Saratoga Water, Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, and Triton.
International SeaKeepers Society 25th Anniversary Event
The International SeaKeepers Society hosted their “Bal de la Mer” 25th anniversary event on Wednesday, October 25th, 2023, at the Four Seasons Hotel. Platinum Sponsors, YATCO were in attendance with CEO and Founder, Steven Myers giving a speech during the event. Bal de la Mer also featured Guests of Honor, Fabien Cousteau, 2015 SeaKeeper of the Year, Amos Nachoum, 2019 SeaKeeper of the Year, and yachting celebrity Captain Sandy Yawn.
Jay Wade, Board Chair of The International SeaKeepers Society shares, “Throughout the past quarter-century, SeaKeepers has undertaken a remarkable journey, one that has united the yachting and academic communities in an unwavering commitment to protect and preserve our planet’s most precious resource – our ocean…Together, we have embarked on incredible journeys of discovery and research, turning luxury yachts and other types of platforms into vessels of knowledge and exploration. We can continue to make a profound impact on the health and sustainability of our ocean for generations to come.”