While there is a boat show taking place somewhere every month of the year, none has the range and diversity of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. (COMPLETE BOAT SHOW GUIDE)
At the US winter shows, the boating industry puts its best foot forward. Between Miami and Palm Beach, the region hosts no fewer than five major boat shows. The Yacht & Brokerage Show on Miami Beach and the Miami International Boat Show, and related Strictly Sail, run February 14 to 18. These three shows mark the debut of dozens of new models and showcase hundreds of craft, from small center consoles to megayachts.
No matter how beautiful, sophisticated and stabilized a yacht is or how creative the design, few would dispute that the crew makes all the difference in a successful charter experience. More than a decade ago, Fraser Yachts instituted its annual Monaco Captains Awards. This year, about 300 people attended the black-tie event, now a staple on the busy Monaco Yacht Show calendar.
The Monaco Yacht Show is in full swing, and while the present is very much here and vibrant with an array of new yachts on display, many ponder what the future may look like. The dip in new yacht orders of the past few years has stimulated the fertile imagination of creators and designers, and it is more than fun to explore the possibilities.
In a surprisingly frank acknowledgement of the impact on yachting of the ongoing worldwide economic troubles, Fraser Yachts CEO Hein Velema wrote in his company’s July/August newsletter: “2012 is turning into a turbulent year with a dramatic decrease in the number of yachts sold in recent months.