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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. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Adrienne
    October 6, 2014 at 1:08 am

    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
      October 6, 2014 at 1:27 am

      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. Tamara @ We3Travel
    October 6, 2014 at 2:36 am

    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
      October 7, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      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
    October 6, 2014 at 1:20 am

    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
      October 6, 2014 at 1:30 am

      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. Sarah Fazendin
    October 6, 2014 at 11:34 am

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

    • Carmen
      October 7, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      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. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey
    October 6, 2014 at 4:44 pm

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

    • Carmen
      October 7, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      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. Anda
    October 7, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    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
      October 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      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. Adelina // Pack Me To
    October 7, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    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
      October 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      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. Mary {The World Is A Book}
    October 10, 2014 at 5:51 am

    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
      October 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      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. Bailey K.
    October 12, 2014 at 1:37 am

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

    • Carmen
      October 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      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. Ben
    July 7, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    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
      July 7, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      It’s always a lot of fun!

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