On the Docks at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

By Ben Roberts

The biggest display of the yachting and superyacht lifestyle in the U.S., the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is back this year to start a new era under new management. Stretching across seven giant areas with over 1,500 boats in the water and 1,200 exhibitors, this is our view of the American yachting community.

With day one behind us and day two in full swing, FLIBS is once again full of yachting aficionados, industry and owners walking the stretch from Bahia Mar to the Sails Marina. We’ve gathered an update surrounding the updates and announcements coming from the show this week.

The Superyachts
The Fort Lauderdale fleet - or more appropriately ‘armada’ - is world-renowned for its strength in numbers; however the style on display is of another level.

Superyachts such as Cloudbreak, TV, Mine Games, Wabi Sabi, Vanish, Home, Double Down, Rock It and Apogee are at the head of an impressive fleet; which also brings adventure to the docks in the form of DAMEN’s AXIS and New Frontiers support vessels. We’ll be taking a closer look at the fleet on display this week across this weekend, so stay tuned for more.

The Projects
Benetti announced to the world a brand-new collaboration with the British RWD design studio today, as they pull the cover on the BNow by RWD family of yachts. Designed for owners looking to cruise in typical Benetti comfort but with a new style and greatly reduced delivery time, these four new models are the head of the announcements emerging this week.

The update we’re looking forward to see this week is the new Fincantieri ‘Project Ganimede’, which has been teased heavily on the run up to the show and will no doubt add undeniable excitement to the reveals taking place this week.

The Industry
The yachting industry was in the spotlight during the International Superyacht Society (ISS) Awards last night which provided Andrew Winch with an ISS Leadership for 40 years of iconic work. “It is an honour to receive this award,” explains Andrew Winch. “I am delighted to share it with the Winch Design team. I am as passionate about this industry today as I was when I started in the business with Jon Bannenberg over forty years ago."  

Among those to earn awards were Burgess, Pendennis and RWD for the refit of Aquila, PH Design for the interior of Sybaris, Feadship for their flawless work on Faith and many more accolades handed out to both motor yachts, sail and innovators across the industry.

We’re on the docks this week with our film team to bring you an in-depth insight into the show, the superyachts and so much more; however, in the meantime, you can get a first-hand insight from the photos taken from the dock across our exclusive gallery below.

By Ben Roberts