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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Fort Lauderdale is sometimes referred to as “The Yachting Capital of the World”.  So it’s only appropriate for it to host the world’s largest in-water Boat Show for the past 57 years.  It first launched in 1959 with 20 boats in the water and 30 booths in the parking lot.  Today it’s a “must” for yacht builders worldwide who want to display their offerings, and for boat lovers to come and see some of these magnificent beauties on display.

Show exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats and sea vessels will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary super yachts. (I hope I didn’t miss anything)


2013 Boat Show

We had the pleasure of attending a party at last years Boat Show being hosted by YachtZoo.  YachtZoo was figuring a few yachts and took us on a tour of their yachts.  One of my favorites was the “Tuscan Sun”.   The 147-foot long Tuscan Sun cruises at 12 knots and has a maximum speed of 17 knots.  It can sleep up to 12 guests in 6 cabins.  If you’re interesting in purchasing it, it’s only $24,950,000 dollars.  Tuscan Sun is also available for charter in the Mediterranean.

Tuscan Sun Yacht
Tuscan Sun (photo credit Charternex)



You never know who you might run into at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. You make sure you keep your eyes open and your camera close.




The 57th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will be held this year Nov 3 – 7, 2016.

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Fun to spend a day in luxury! We used to go as a family to the NYC Boat Show at the Javitz Center and I always loved it!

    • Carmen

      Hi Adrienne, We knew we were going on a yacht tour but had no idea they were going to be $24-30 million dollar yachts. It sure felt really nice being on the boat.

  2. I would have a blast checking out all those boats. We head down to FLL frequently to visit family so someday I’ll have to time it with the boat show.

    • Carmen

      Hi Tamara, The boat show normally runs the end of October, beginning of November. Each year it seems to get bigger and better. It’s definitely a fun event to attend. Some of the boats are massive.

  3. Marissa | It's The Little Things

    Only $24,950,000 🙂 Fits perfectly in my travel blogger budget! Haha but it sure is nice to have a bit of luxury every once in a while. Great post!

    • Carmen

      Hi Marissa, LOL..It only cost $2 million a year to run it. That covers the cost of the crew, fuel, and dockage I believe. I would love to charter this yacht for a week in the Mediterranean or sail it around the Greek Isles :-).

  4. How fun!! I’d love to charter a boat in the Mediterranean some day!

    • Carmen

      Hi Sarah, We had friends that chartered a boat and sailed through the Greek Isles for a week. They had an incredible time with the family.

  5. Ohhhh-la-la! What boats, I could certainly buy one or two of those if I had the $$

    • Carmen

      Hi SJ, I would be very happy owing the Tuscan Sun. If I had the money I would sell everything and sail around the world.

  6. Ah, what a great show. My husband would love that! The luxury inside these yachts is so tempting that for a few minutes you might even forget how bad sailing may turn sometimes. Sorry to sound so pessimistic but I’m afraid of sailing.

    • Carmen

      Hi Anda, I understand what your saying. I’m not a big fan of sailing either that’s why we don’t have a boat. Some of these yachts are remarkable inside, makes you think you’re home.

  7. It must have been a lot of fun to explore all the yachts! I wouldn’t mind having a yacht one day (never mind that I don’t know how to sail).

    • Carmen

      Hi Adelina, I wouldn’t mind owing one either. You need a crew and a captain for a yacht this size. I wouldn’t even know how to start it.

  8. This looks like a fun way to spend the day – exploring multi-million dollar yachts. Lucky you for having the chance to have a glimpse of luxury. I can’t even begin to imagine having that kind of money to buy the Tuscan Sun and sailing it around the Mediterranean.

    • Carmen

      Hi Mary, It truly amazes me the amount of wealth we have here in Fort Lauderdale. You see many of these multi-million dollar yachts docked everywhere. Some stay docked for months without moving. If I had a yacht that size, I would be sailing the Caribbean or the Mediterranean.

  9. Wow. Some yachts are just crazy. Also, what do you mean about “inflatables”? Like, inflatable yachts??

    • Carmen

      Hi Bailey, They had inflatable tender boats that people use on yachts. Some of these yachts are too big to dock, so they use these inflatable tenders to take people on shore.

  10. It must be nice to spend a day enjoying one of these vessels. I spend time on yachts, but its usually detailing and restoring them.

    • Carmen Edelson

      It’s always a lot of fun!

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