Technically called the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, hence the “FLIBS” acronym, but we all know it as the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show so that’s what we’re going with.
Boat Show Schedule:
- Thu. Oct 28, 10am – 7pm
- Fri. Oct 29, 10am – 7pm
- Sat. Oct 30, 10am – 7pm
- Sun. Oct 31, 10am – 7pm
- Mon. Nov 1, 10am – 5pm
If you’ve never been to the show prepare to be blown away by the sheer mass of it. The in-water display is technically located at the world famous Bahia Mar Resort, but over the years it’s spread out and now stretches from Pier 66 on 17th Street all the way north to Las Olas Blvd. There’s also a huge small boat and accessories display at the Broward County Convention Center as well as 7 air-conditioned tents at Bahia Mar where you will find more accessories, electronics vendors, tenders, life preservation specialists, yacht designers, shipyards and much more.
If you’re considering entering the boating lifestyle then you likely have loads of questions and this is the place to find answers. Aside from all the helpful vendors there are also numerous clinics and seminars offered at the show covering a vast array of topics including fishing, crew yachts, charter and others…Visit the Show Management website for details.
Parking, lodging, costs and other questions are nicely answered by Show Management on their FLIBS FAQ. You might also qualify for Lucid’s limo service, contact us at 9540650-7353 or via email@example.com to see if you do.
For a quick history tour of the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, you might want to read this article by Yacht Help Desk.
The good about FLIBS is that there’s so much to see. The bad about FLIBS is that there’s too much to see.
With thousands of boats on display, the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show can be downright scary.
- Where do you start?
- Should you see everything?
- Brokerage or new?
- Is this a good deal?
- Is the trade-in number for my boat fair?
- Are you sure you want a trawler, a raised pilothose, a flushdeck or a skylounge?
- Full displacement, semi-displacement or planing? Do you even know the difference?
- How do you know the contracts are right for me?
- What sort of finance rates should I expect?
These are just some of the typical questions. Break it down into category and you encounter even more. Say you find a brokerage boat, now what? How do you properly present the offer while protecting yourself? Who do you hire as the surveyor? Do you need an engine surveyor? Who will handle the closing? and??? Buying an existing new boat has its own set of questions and ordering a new build gets really interesting because now you have so many more choices.
My suggestion is that you treat this like any other big investment. Research, plan and find the right advisors prior to the purchase. if you were looking at a home you would call an expert Realtor in the area. You would tell them your basic requirements and their job would be to present you with the proper research and options for you to chose from. The same applies to your investments. You choose an investment company, your agent builds your profile and using that he makes suggestions. Throughout the process the agent learns more about you and is able to deliver more refined choices until you find the ideal home/investment/…BOAT.
They call upon a realtor for a million dollar home, but purchase a three million dollar boat completely on their own.
It baffles me how so many people rely on experts for just about everything, but go through the boat buying process on their own. Call a broker. Tell them what you think you’re interested in and have them research it for you. They should at least look at sold comps, existing inventory, brokerage or new options. A good broker should not be a yes man. A professional should give you the facts as they are and let you make an informed decision. Sometimes you will not like what they have to say, but in time you will appreciate it and if you truly listen you will likely save loads of money, frustration and ,that coveted irreplaceable commodity, time. Bottom line, seek a professional. Maybe it’s Lucid (954-650-7353 firstname.lastname@example.org) or maybe someone else, but please find proper help.
Lucid’s 2010 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Preview: Our Favorite Yacht Picks
As we lead into the show, we’ll be adding some of our favorite picks. They may represent outstanding price value or they just might be so special that price is irrelevant. Keep in mind that not all boats for sale in Fort Lauderdale are exhibited at the show. Many boats are brought into the areas but are not displayed for a variety of reasons. Your ideal boat may be just outside of the boat show so ask your broker to check all available yachts.
Find out our Top 6 Must See Yacht at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2010