Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Preview 2023

The 2023 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show FLIBS will take place in Fort Lauderdale from October 25 – 29.

Billed as the largest in-water boat show in the world, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) brings the industry’s biggest players, movers and shakers, to town for a powerful five days in the world’s “yachting capital of the world” – Fort Lauderdale.  

Luxury Yachting’s Largest In-Water Boat Show 

Spread across 90 acres and three million square feet of exhibition space, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the largest in-water boat show in the world and is hosted by the Marine Industries Associate of South Florida (MIASF) and Informa Markets. The show will feature exhibitors, yachts and boats in the water and nearby, a Culinary Experience, AquaZone, Kids Corner, Educational Seminars and much more.

YATCO will feature a large team on the ground, ready to meet with clients, old and new, and catch up with industry friends in town for the show. We will be hosting an exclusive meeting area at Bo’s Beach near the show, and are proud sponsors of the International SeaKeeper’s Society 25th Anniversary at Bal de la Mer on October 25, 2023

This year, the team aims to set new standards in sustainability for future boat shows around the world.

Andrew Doole, President of U.S. Boat Shows at Informa Markets, the producer of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show shares, “FLIBS 2023 is not just a boat show; it’s a dynamic platform for change and innovation. It’s a testament to the commitment of the marine industry to embrace sustainability and preserve our oceans for future generations. In setting these standards, we’re not only leading the way in conservation efforts but also highlighting the vital importance of aligning these elements with the future of event production. FLIBS remains unwavering in its commitment to steer the marine industry toward a new era of environmental responsibility.”

The 2023 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show FLIBS will take place in Fort Lauderdale from October 25 – 29.

While Phil Purcell, CEO/President of the MIASF, who owns the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, comments, “In both our local economy and on a national stage, the marine industry and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show have long been integral to our region’s prosperity. The boating sector’s remarkable resilience, particularly evident in its robust growth during the pandemic, has not only attracted a fresh influx of youthful customers but has also reinvigorated the industry’s landscape. As demand skyrockets, FLIBS 2023 is primed to shine on an unrivaled stage, allowing the boating industry to proudly present its finest offerings, all while embracing a future of sustained success.”  

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Numbers 

  • 1,300+ Boats and Yachts on Display 
  • 1,000 Exhibitors  
  • 100,000 Visitors  
  • $1.79 billion Economic Impact 
  • 52 Countries Represented 

The show will take place at seven locations: 

  • Bahia Mar Yachting Center 
  • Las Olas Marina 
  • Hall of Fame Marina 
  • SuperYacht Village at Pier 66 South 
  • Pier 66 Marina 
  • Broward County Convention Center 
  • 17th Street Yacht Basin 

FLIBS will be open during the following times: 

  • Wednesday, October 25: 12pm – 7pm 
  • Thursday, October 26 – Saturday, October 28: 10am – 7pm   
  • Sunday, October 29: 10am – 6pm  

For more information, please check out the Fort Lauderdale Event Page, or head to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show website for full details and tickets

Keep an eye out for the Fort Lauderdale edition of our YATCO SHOWBOOK, featuring all the yachts on display at the show represented by the professional members of YATCO.

To contact a yacht broker near you, please start your search with YATCO. 

Enjoy highlights from the 2022 edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show: 

Watch the video Highlights From the 2022 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on YouTube.

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