The 2010 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) by all accounts was a grand success. The show is an important indicator of industry trends for the season and overwhelmingly positive feedback came from all factions of the yachting industry.
Many spectacular charter yachts were on display. Some ofBoatbookings favorites included the edgy and awesome BIGFISH, a 164-foot expedition yacht with destinations in Antarctica, Tahiti and the Northeast Passage, the exceedingly popular and playful168-foot Oceanco LAZY Z, the breathtaking Delta 154-foot MR. TERRIBLE, and two recent TRINITY launches, the 190-foot MI SUENO and the 164-foot MIA ELISE. Please check back for details about our experience and impressions touring these and other magnificent yachts.
Dealers and distributors reported a substantial increase in refit projects underscored by a reinvigoration of owner enthusiasm for upgrades. On the docks there were many reports of new yacht sales from numerous boat builders including; Ferretti, Marquis, Tiara, Viking and Westport, to name just a few.
Boatbookings scoured the vendor booths to report on cutting edge devices, services, toys, and gadgets that promise to enhance both the bareboat andcrewed yacht charter experience. Also on display were several new properties with facilities for luxury charter yachts in the Bahamas, Caribbean, the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, as well as pertinent information for charter cruises to Antarctica from Last Border logistics, details to follow.