All Aboard for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2022

Something for Everyone in a Show that Never Disappoints

By Jeanne Phillips, Warren Jervey

For many, Fort Lauderdale presides over the boating scene, and the not surprisingly the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is a best-in-class event – not only for the bevy of beautiful boats on display, but also for the social and entertainment events that offer an opportunity to relax and network with like-minded boating enthusiasts.

The show provided a platform for both established and emerging companies to showcase their innovations and catered to the interests of boating enthusiasts from various backgrounds.

This year’s event saw more than 1,300 vessels moored at multiple marinas spread across 90 acres of the show.  SuperYacht Village was a special stop just across from the 17th Street Causeway Bridge. As is name suggests, on view were the show’s ultra-luxurious yachts, a sight to behold for those in the seafarers in the market or those who just want to picture themselves in maritime luxury. On display on terra firma were a host of exotic automobiles, just right to pair up with an extravagant yacht purchase.

Other well-known vendors had their seafaring vessels on display between Bahia Mar Yachting Center and Las Olas Marina. Offerings range from extravagant yachts ready to accommodate the most affluent seagoing aficionados and their crews to more budget-conscious offerings.  Most vendors were happy to provide on-board visits and hospitality where you can get up close and personal with the boat of your dreams to both casual viewers as well as serious shoppers.

This year also saw a focus on sustainability and eco-friendly boating options as well as advanced technologies aimed at reducing the industry’s environmental impact as well as making boating safer and more fun – if that’s possible.

Standout introductions at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show included:

Azimut Yachts S11, which was a sleek and innovative yacht featuring leading-edge design and technology, including a hybrid propulsion system, making it a standout in the luxury yacht category

Boston Whaler 420 Outrage, a versatile and rugged fishing boat that impressed with its spacious layout and advanced fishing amenities, blending quality and functionality.

Sunseeker’s 88 Yacht, which epitomized the elegance and luxury of high-end yachting. It brings opulent interiors and exceptional craftsmanship to the high seas.

The new Greenline 45 Fly showcased the company’s dedication to sustainable boating with a hybrid propulsion system and solar panels.  Greenline Hybrid Yachts also showed other eco-friendly options.

The Fort Lauderdale Convention center housed a fascinating array of marine accessories, equipment and, well, boating toys.  A Highlight was the AquaZone, a 40,000-gallon freshwater pool where show-goers could see many of the offerings in action.

Along with boat and accessory viewing, boating enthusiasts could attend informative seminars and workshops catering to both seasoned and beginning boaters.  For example, Garmin, a leading electronics exhibitor, hosted informative seminars on the latest marine navigation and communication technologies. Their demonstration of integrated chartplotters and fishfinders was particularly enlightening for boaters looking to upgrade their electronics. These events also added a fun dimension of networking to the show.

The Fort Lauderdale boat show’s Innovation Lounge enabled attendees to explore cutting-edge marine technologies, including new advancements in electric propulsion systems, which are becoming increasingly popular for their environmental benefit.

The show also offered a full range of entertainment options, including:

The Captain’s Club VIP Experience, which provided exclusive access to a private lounge and deck area. Attendees could relax in style, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and mingle with other VIP guests while taking in breathtaking views of the boats.

Wine enthusiasts had the opportunity to indulge in wine tasting events hosted by local wineries and vineyards. These tastings allowed attendees to savor a variety of wines and enjoy some downtime between exploring the exhibits.

The show featured a series of fishing seminars led by renowned experts covering covered topics, from offshore fishing techniques to sustainable fishing practices, providing valuable insights for both seasoned anglers and newcomers.

A particular highlight was the Yacht Chef Competition, where talented yacht chefs demonstrated their culinary skills. Attendees had the opportunity to sample gourmet dishes and vote for their favorites.

Live music was a regular feature throughout the event, creating an upbeat atmosphere. Local bands and musicians entertained attendees with a mix of genres.

VIP ticket holders were treated to exclusive evening parties offering a chance to unwind after a day of exploration, with music, dancing, and opportunities to connect with fellow boating enthusiasts and industry professionals.

Families certainly were not overlooked.  A dedicated Kids’ Zone kept the young ones busy with activities and entertainment, allowing parents to enjoy the boats while kids had a great time as well.

Some social events also incorporated art exhibitions, showcasing the work of local artists. It was a unique blend of boating and culture, offering a different perspective on the marine world.

All this added up to a memorable event for both serious seafarers and those who just wanted to get their feet wet.