Inside Look at the 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
For the 54th year, Fort Lauderdale hosts the largest in-water boat show in the world. Running from October 31 to November 4, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show attracts hundreds of thousands of yachtsmen, fishermen and marine enthusiasts to its six locations that cover more than three million square feet. For Yachts International, the highlight is always yachts of a certain dimension—those vessels of more substantial length and beam, custom-built or customizable, exceptional in every way. As with most years, we know we won’t be disappointed. This year’s show offers a rich selection of larger yachts for us—and you—to see.
At press time, rumor had it, the largest yacht will come from Germany. No details have been released, but if she arrives, this 242-foot (73.8-meter) yacht is not to be missed. Turkish builder Vicem will be bringing two new builds this year: a 151-foot (46-meter) model from the company’s Vulcan line and a 107 Cruiser. From Benetti we’ll see the 143-foot (43.6-meter) Checkmate, hull number 15 in its Vision line. Other highlights include new flagships from Sanlorenzo, Ferretti and Ocean Alexander, as well as a special build from Moonen for a repeat client with a passion for the underwater world. Overall, this year’s show looks like a winner.
“We are committed to continuously enhancing the show experience for guests and exhibitors,” says Dane Graziano, senior vice president and COO of Show Management. “This year’s new attractions are designed to bring more fun and more choices to all people visiting the show.”
For anglers, the Convention Center location will now include a Sailfish Pavilion and the Florida Sportsman Interactive Seminar Pond. Other attractions at the show include a personal submarine, a flying car and an exotic automobile display.
All attractions and show locations can be easily located through MyBoatShow, the show’s free smartphone app, downloadable from the iTunes or Android stores.
Thursday, Oct. 31 (Prime Time Preview): 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 3: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 4: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adults: $20 online, $22 at show
Children (ages 6–15): $5 online, $7 at show
Children (under 6): Free
Prime Time Preview (Thursday, Oct. 31): $36 online, $38 at show
Two-Day Ticket: $38 online, $40 at show
Tickets (cash only, but ATMs are nearby) are also available from the box office at the following locations on the days of the show: Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Las Olas Marina, Las Olas Riverfront (downtown Fort Lauderdale) and Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. There are no ticket sales at the Hall of Fame Marina, The Sails or the Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina.
No pets allowed. The only pets we can allow are guide dogs or other licensed, working dogs (service animals).
Photo ID is required for a visit to the convention center.
Bahia Mar Yachting Center: 801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Hall of Fame Marina: 1 Hall of Fame Dr.
Las Olas Marina: 240 E. Las Olas Circle
Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center: 1950 Eisenhower Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale Hilton: 1881 SE 17th St.
The Sails Marina: 2150 SE 17th St.
Why buy a yacht in Fort Lauderdale this year?
Insider tips from Veteran broker Frank Grzeszczak
The Fort Lauderdale boat show is widely recognized as the world’s largest and most active show. As this year’s show approaches, the industry in general is in a significantly more active state than years past. With this in mind, there are still great deals to be made with aggressive sellers and shipyards. As the demand continues to grow and the well-priced inventory diminishes, the market will once again begin to firm up, similar to where the industry was five years ago. The 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show represents an opportunity for a prospective buyer to view an abundance of well-priced and quality inventory, to compare and ultimately to make the best deal possible in a market that is steadily improving.
Frank Grzeszczak, a yacht consultant at IYC, has more than 25 years of experience and is committed to providing the best level of service available to his clients at any given day or time. iyc.com; 954 522 2323
Yachts to see:
Who to see
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This established builder is known for sportfishing boats, center consoles, tenders and pleasure craft. Sporty and quick, the company has also long stood by its claim that Whalers are “unsinkable.”
C Dock 300-308/
This company has two all-carbon-fiber tenders that provide a comfortable ride and a low weight.
Chapman Transition Bow Ramp Tenders
This relatively new company designs custom boats and tenders featuring an innovative and incredibly handy bow ramp.
I Dock 917
The classic style of these powerboats, cruisers, launches and yachts evokes the company’s long history and high-end craftsmanship.
G/H Dock 43-46
Concept Boats, Inc.
High power and sleek lines encapsulate the Concept brand and the company’s offshore, center console, sportfishing and cuddy cabin boats.
H/I Dock 30, 31
Contender Boats, Inc.
Speed, multi-functionality and efficiency drive the design behind the bay boats at Contender.
Conv. Ctr. 2029
Deep Impact Boats
Specializing in center-console models, Deep Impact is known for power and performance.
Conv. Ctr. 2039
Handcrafted mahogany boats reminiscent of the ’20s- and ’30s-style runabouts, these boats have the look of an antique and the flair of modern technology.
B Dock 223
Hacker Boat Company
Handcrafted and highly customizable, Hacker Boat Company has been building mahogany Hacker-Craft pleasure boats for more than a century.
The Hinckley Co.
Hinckley builds both sailing yachts and motoryachts, offering clients options including series models and custom possibilities.
B Dock 241, 243
Though diverse in its capabilities (yachts, defense, engineering, refit, interiors), Hodgdon also specializes in completely custom tenders for large yachts.
Yacht Builders Pavilion 1313
Intrepid Powerboats, Inc.
Intrepid’s slogan is “one of a kind, one at a time,” and the company takes that customization promise seriously in its center consoles and sport yachts.
G Dock 700, 702, 704, 706, 708/Land 1006/Land 1010
Novurania of America
This brand is a long-time favorite tender with yacht owners. In 2013, Novurania introduced new models in a few of its lines including Express, Cabin and Catamaran.
From center consoles to offshore cruisers, Pursuit’s model line has options for owners looking for dayboats or tenders.
C Dock 301, 303, 305,
These RIB-style tenders are lightweight and include a cadre of bonus features.
Williams Performance Tenders
Specializing in jet tenders, this U.K. company has models for three to 11 passengers, with either dieseljet or turbojet engines.
Performance Tenders USA:
With models from 17 to 42 feet, Yellowfin’s lineup includes everything from skiffs to sportfishers.
Conv. Ctr. 2026
Comfortable and distinctive, Zeelander yachts serve equally well as superyacht tenders or luxurious daycruisers.
HOF FD 20C-D
Who to see
Why to visit
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From 58 feet to 136 feet, AB yachts specializes in waterjet-propelled cruisers.
FIPA Group SRL: F/G Dock 19, 20
Abeking & Rasmussen
This yard has a long history of custom-built superyachts behind it.
Superyacht Experience #4
Amels now has both series lines, like its Sea Axe support yacht, and a history of luxurious custom builds.
Superyacht Experience #15
Between the two yards, the company has a wide selection of model ranges as well as the capacity for custom builds.
Face Dock 13, 13A-B/E Dock 502, 502A-N
With a range of models that covers both the sail and motoryacht markets, Bénéteau has built a strong reputation since its creation more than 120 years ago.
G Dock 701, 703, 705, 707, 709, 711
Bertram has been building yachts for decades and joined the Ferretti Group in 1998, adding its knowledge base of sportfishers to the company.
E Dock 500, 500A-L/Face Dock 8B/D/E Dock 1-4
Burger Boat Company
Another yard with a long history, Burger specializes in steel or aluminum custom-designed yachts.
FTL Hilton #2-7/Superyacht Experience #14
Building since 1870, Cheoy Lee now builds yachts across five different model lines.
Face Dock 3
Christensen has developed a turnkey production style, allowing clients to minimize build times by stepping in on custom projects already under construction.
Yacht Builders Pavilion 1311/Face Dock 11
Part of the Ferretti Group, this superyacht builder has more than a few memorable yachts to its credit, like Azteca and the recently launched J’Ade, which you can read more about in this issue.
Superyacht Experience #9
Though it started with high-speed pleasure boats, Delta is now known for high-end superyachts, like the 164-foot Arianna.
Superyacht Experience #8
Fairline Boats LTD
Most recently, this U.K.-based yard impressed us with its Targa 62 GT. Its entire model line has something to offer, though.
D Dock 32A, 34-39, 39A/LOM D Dock 37A
Many of the yachts on the “Top 100 Largest” list have been launched under the banner of this custom builder.
Superyacht Experience #13
In addition to superyacht builder CRN, the Ferretti Group comprises Ferretti, Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Riva, Mochi Craft and the Custom Line.
E Dock 500,500A-L/Face Dock 8B/D/E Dock 1-4
This long-established builder not only has a new flagship coming soon, but two model lines—a motoryacht and a sportfisher—built in fiberglass.
C Dock 335, 335A-I
Though a relatively new builder, IAG started strong with Primadonna and followed up with the sporty Electra.
Yacht Builders Pavilion 1318
In addition to being known for ultra-high-end superyachts, this yard recently launched the world’s largest privately owned yacht, Azzam.
Superyacht Experience #1
This builder’s motto is “luxury yachts capable of ocean voyages” and has followed through on that promise since 2000.
B/C Dock 1-2, 18-21
McMullen & Wing
Versatility is key at this yard that builds tenders, custom motor and sail yachts and commercial vessels.
Yachting Tent 733-734
Founded in 2002, MJM now has five fuel-efficient powerboats designed for comfortable cruising.
B Dock 220, 222
Monte Carlo Yachts
Part of the Bénéteau Group, Monte Carlo Yachts has four models between 65 and 86 feet.
F/G Dock 1-4
Distinctive and definitely modern, NISI’s yachts tout efficient ranges and sleek style.
F/G Dock 13
This German builder specializes in custom superyachts greater than 190 feet and has several Top 100 yachts to its credit.
Superyacht Experience Dock 106/Yacht Builders Pavilion 1312
Sturdy, seaworthy and comfortable, Nordhavn is known for building yachts owners can take anywhere in the world.
B Dock 240, 242
A custom builder with decades of experience behind it, Nordlund is still a family-owned yard with a versatile style.
Yacht Builders Pavilion 1302
With three model lines in a range of sizes, Prestige offers its clients a variety of options on its projects.
H Dock 801, 803, 805, 807, 809, 811, 813, 815
Princess Yachts & Viking Sport Cruisers
Princess has been steadily expanding its line in the past few years, most recently with the 35M and 40M models. Its partnership with Viking was established in 1995.
Face Dock 2A-2H
Roscioli International, Inc.
Specializing in sportfish yachts, Roscioli’s Donzi series offers models from 58 to 92 feet and concepts that will turn more than a few heads.
C Dock 317, 319
Its custom-designed aluminum sailing yachts from 100 to 300 feet keep this yard at the forefront of luxury supersail yachts.
Superyacht Experience #10
From the nimble 40-foot Portofino to the 155-foot flagship, Sunseeker has a wide range of models to offer its clients.
Face Dock 1, 1A-F
Tiara’s smaller models could feasibly serve as tenders on a superyacht, but most of the builder’s lines stand on their own as luxury dayboats and cruisers.
C/D Dock 51-58