Fort Lauderdale Promises Show Will Be Better This Year

Themed areas, layout changes and entertainment are just some of the all new features designed to wow attendees and exhibitors at the 53rd edition of what it bills as the world’s largest boat show.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show strives to be the world’s greatest showcase of the boating and marine lifestyle.  Now owners and operators of the show, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and Show Management, respectively, have developed a strategic plan of exciting enhancements, scheduled to begin in 2012 and continuing to roll out over the next several years, to  ensure that remains the case.

Attendees at this year’s show, scheduled for October 25-29 at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, will be greeted by a freshly designed show entrance and guided through the pedestrian-friendly layout with newly designed navigation and communication tools.

A touch of Disneyland Magic is promised with attractive themed areas being created to engage each marine market’s respective fans. Entertainment of various sorts, for show-goers of all ages, is being planned to create a great experience for everyone who loves to get out on the water.

Enhanced Navigation and Communication
Introduced at last year’s show the show’s smartphone app MyBoatShow, designed to help navigate the show’s docks, land areas and tents, has been upgraded.  Finally after years of complaints the show organisers report that cellular phone service should improve with the addition of a mobile cell site providing more cellular network coverage. There also will be free cell phone charging stations located throughout the show.

Themed Areas
New this year, attendees will enter the in-water portion of the show at The Bahia Mar Yachting Center through the new Performance Village, located along H/I Dock.This redesigned section of the show will feature a layout highlighting the boats and accessories comprising the performance boat market, including new boats from Cigarette and other industry leaders.

The largest boats and their builders will be represented inside the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) Pavilion, located on the Face Dock.

In true international boat show fashion, the Yacht Builders Tent is a “village of villages” with displays from countries including

  • German
  • Italy
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • British Columbia
  • Cayman Islands
  • United Kingdom
  • The Netherlands.

Other show enhancements include an expanded and revamped Electronics Pavilion with a more pedestrian-friendly layout.

Covering six locations with more than 3 million square feet of space, the show’s network of water taxis, riverboats and shuttles transports visitors to see the amazing array of boats ranging from astonishing super-yachts to fishing boats, runabouts and boats for every budget.


  • Oct. 25 through Oct. 29, 2012  10 a.m. – 7 p.m.


  • Prime Time Preview  $36.00 or $34.00 online
  • 2-Day  $38.00 or $36.00 online
  • General Admission $20.00 or $18.00 online
  • Child (6-15)  $ 5.00 or $3.00 online
  • Children under 6 FREE