America's Boat Show — The Best of Fort Lauderdale 2015

Welcome aboard, Fort Lauderdale. Here's everything you need to navigate the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

What's hot, what's cool, and what to do at this year's edition of America's greatest boat show.

Every fall, yachting enthusiasts turn their attention to South Florida to see the latest and greatest the industry has to offer for the coming season. Now in its 56th year, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show promises to be the grandest yet, with more than 3 million square feet of exhibit space in the water and on land, in seven locations.

For 2015, fast is in, fuel efficiency is key, convertibles are king and inside/outside living space is what yacht owners want. Several brand-new models are scheduled to make appearances at the show. Some are making their world debuts. Others are surfacing in the United States for the first time. Here’s a sample of some of the new boats showgoers can experience on the docks this year and a guide to some great things to do in Fort Lauderdale if you attend.


Lürssen | Kismet | 312 feet 4 inches (95.2 meters)

 Lurssen KISMET

Lurssen KISMET

Kismet, Queen of the Show, is the largest yacht ever to dock at Bahia Mar Yachting Center. Her exterior design by Espen Øino and interior design by Reymond Langton Design—all contemporary—rival the swankiest villas along Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway. Associated with the American owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars professional football team, this stunning yacht has eight staterooms and can sleep up to 16 guests. If you want more of her, Kismet is available for charter as well.

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Feadship | ROCK.IT | 198 feet (60.4 meters)

 Feadship ROCK.IT

Feadship ROCK.IT

ROCK.IT is a true 21st century yacht,” according to Henk de Vries, director of Feadship. Launched in 2014, one of ROCK.IT’s singular features is a control system that allows the yacht to keep her heading at anchor, hovering on the main engine and the thrusters. A three-axis steering joystick with a rotational factor enables various maneuvering modes. Designer Sander Sinot calls her “sleek and bold, without being pretentious.” She has accommodations for 10 guests in five sumptuous staterooms.

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Mangusta 165E | Moonraker | 163 feet 7 inches (50 meters)

This Italian stallion from Overmarine carries an “E” in her moniker. It stands for Evolution because she has several new characteristics compared with her predecessors in the 165 series. New side windows flood the main deck’s interior with light. An expanded foredeck presents a veritable Nikki Beach atmosphere forward on the yacht, while her stern was extended by 3 feet to accommodate an integrated settee aft. With a contemporary interior accented by touches of modern art, Moonraker offers a 33-knot cruise with a top speed of 40 knots. Her shallow draft makes her ideal for the Bahamas and Caribbean.

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Logica 147 | 147 feet (44.8 meters)

Making her first appearance in America, thousands of miles from her native Italy, Logica’s 147-footer is sure to turn heads. Her Canadian owner, a real estate and media entrepreneur, was heavily involved throughout the build process. She features naval architecture by PLANA Design, exterior design by Brenta Design and an interior by Martin Kemp Design. Flooded with natural light, her voluminous interior is ultra-contemporary with accommodations for 12 and loads of entertaining space. Her unique foredeck sports an 18-foot fresh or seawater swimming pool with a contraflow system.

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Benetti Crystal 140 | Soy Amor | 140 feet (42 meters)

 Benetti Crystal 140

Benetti Crystal 140

With a model designation that evokes the transparent solid mineral, this example of Benetti’s Crystal series is as solid as she is bright. Soy Amor has beautiful lines, and her interior includes a backlit marble waterfall in the main foyer and a fireplace in the salon. The bridge monitors represent the latest generation of touch-screen functionality, while the builder’s own Benetti Exclusive Sea Technology manages video and satellite telecommunications from a central system. Her striking exterior design and concept are by Stefano Righini.

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IAG 140 | King Baby | 140 feet (42 meters)

 IAG 140

IAG 140

Offered for charter and making her North American debut, King Baby had an overriding mantra of “quality, quality, quality” during her build in China, according to project manager Tim Kings. Constructed using traditional handlaid fiberglass in the hull, resin infusion for the superstructure and carbon fiber for the upper structure, King Baby is built to RINA Class and MCA, with LY2 compliance for commercial charter. Designed by Evan K. Marshall, her interior is said to rival European quality with black walnut handcrafted woodwork and stone accents. With engineering by Sergio Cutolo, she reportedly delivers on both fuel economy and velocity, with a maximum speed of 20 knots.

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Westport 130 | 130 feet (40 meters)

 Westport 130

Westport 130

Representing the best of semi-custom in a proven package, Westport’s 2016 trideck model is an evolution of the builder’s popular 130 series that was introduced at the Fort Lauderdale show in 2001. The yacht is ABS-classed, MCA compliant and well-suited for private or charter use. A five-stateroom arrangement with an on-deck master stateroom, large salon, dining room and expansive deck deliver luxury and style. “Unseen, yet critical elements of comfort have been taken into account, such as quiet acoustics that reduce sound levels to those of a high-end luxury car,” said Ron Nugent, Westport’s manager of sales, service and marketing.

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Sanlorenzo SD126 | 126 feet (38 meters)

 Sanlorenzo SD126

Sanlorenzo SD126

This latest model in Sanlorenzo’s semi-displacement line marks the series’ U.S. debut. Developed with Italian designer Francesco Paszkowski, she has two hot tubs and two terraces. Her interior by American designer Marty Lowe includes exquisite furniture from Minotti, Flexform and Molteni, with reclaimed mooring posts from the Venetian waterways incorporated into the sky-lounge detailing. Also making her U.S. debut, the Sanlorenzo 118 is sure to be well received by those who appreciate the outdoor lifestyle aboard, with a terrace off the main salon, gull wing opening windows in the master stateroom and a spacious beach club.

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Admiral Impero | Nono | 121 feet (37 meters)

 Admiral Impero

Admiral Impero

Nono is a semi-displacement, raised-pilothouse motoryacht from The Italian Sea Group designed by Luca Dini with interiors by Admiral Centro Stile. She is distinguished by large glass windows that wrap around the main deck forward, and by full-height sliding glass doors in the salon that open to the aft deck. The full-beam master also has substantial windows. All aluminum, she has twin Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesels that deliver a top speed of 17 knots and a cruising speed of 15.5 knots.

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Cantiere delle Marche 102 | Darwin Class | 102 feet (31 meters)

 Cantiere delle Marche Darwin 102

Cantiere delle Marche Darwin 102

“Sturdy, highly functional and comfortable at sea.” That’s the word from the builder’s North American representative, Bob Denison of Denison Yacht Sales. Launched in September in Ancona, Italy, the 102 is making her North American debut. Designed by Sergio Cutolo, she offers a large sundeck, zero-speed stabilizers for comfort at anchor and a range of 5,900 miles at 10 knots.

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Horizon E88 | 89 feet 4 inches (27.2 meters)

Representing the builder’s first open-bridge model in the United States, the E88’s flybridge is ideal for outdoor entertaining and alfresco dining. Her main deck sports a trendy seamless transition from the aft deck through the salon and forward to the country kitchen. Also at the show is the E78, with a hydraulic folding mast perfect for Great Lakes and waterway cruising.

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Riva 88 Florida | 88 feet (26.8 meters)

 Riva 88 Florida

Riva 88 Florida

In Florida, rag-top cars rule route A1A. On the water, the new Riva 88 Florida (featured in this issue) is sure to dominate the waterways with a cool, convertible hardtop integrated into the deckhouse that’s controlled electronically. She’s fast, too, topping out at almost 39 knots.

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Viking 80 Convertible | 80 feet 6 inches (24.5 meters)

This world premiere is so new that we could only show a rendering, so you’ll have to see her in person at the show. With a sheerline sporting 9 feet of freeboard forward and tapering to a little over 3 feet astern, the 80’s dramatic hull form was designed to divert spray downward while barreling along in excess of 40 knots. Her 217-square-foot cockpit is equipped for tournament fishing.

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Azimut 72 | 74 feet 3 inches (22.6 meters)

This American-debut yacht, with exterior design by Stefano Righini and interior by Carlo Galeazzi, combines a hull and deck of molded fiberglass, and a deckhouse and flybridge of carbon fiber. Other U.S. premieres at the Azimut display include the sporty Atlantis 43, the Magellano 66, the 77S and the new long-range family cruiser Magellano 76.

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Hatteras 70MY | 74 feet 6 inches (22.7 meters)

This venerable builder updated the exterior styling of its motoryacht line, now with walkaround side decks. Outdoor entertaining is key on this model, evidenced by her spacious Mediterranean-style flybridge. Also new from Hatteras is the GT70 sportfisher, which combines classic Hatteras bow flare with tumblehome at her transom.

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Numarine 70 Flybridge | 70 feet 10 inches (21.6 meters)

Making her U.S. premiere, the Numarine 70 Flybridge hopes to replicate the success of the builder’s hardtop model. She’s a big boat—albeit manageable without crew—with plenty of lounging, dining and socializing space, and the salon is flooded with natural light. A shorter version, the 60 Flybridge, also makes her American debut. Three units of the 60 Flybridge have already been sold, according to the builder. Cruising speed on the 60 is 28 knots with a top speed of 35 knots.

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Cranchi 60 Fly | 60 feet (18.5 meters)

Family-owned and generations-old yacht builder Cranchi brings its latest wavemaker to North America in the form of a 60-foot flybridge model. This 2016 model enjoyed its world debut at the Cannes boat show, where she stood tall among her two sisters: the 60 hardtop and 60 softtop. With a pair of 625-hp Volvo Penta IPS D11s, this sexy Italian starlet with four plush, roomy staterooms is capable of 34 knots.

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MC6 | 59 feet 9 inches (18.22 meters)



With a flybridge that seems to defy her size, the Monte Carlo 60 by Beneteau makes her U.S. debut at the show. Nuvolari Lenard, an Italian design firm responsible for some of the world’s most iconic superyachts, drew the MC6 with the same flair as yachts four times her size. With a Zeus joystick at the center helm, she’s a dream to maneuver.

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Ferretti 550 | 55 feet (16.8 meters)

Marking the return of the flybridge to Ferretti’s under-60 fleet, the 550 offers three interior layouts for the owner’s consideration, plus a 250-mile range at 30 knots.

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Zeelander 55 | 55 feet 7 inches (17 meters)

 Zeelander 55

Zeelander 55

Big sister to the Z44, the 55 yields 27 percent more living space. You won’t miss her on the dock. Just look for the high-gloss metallic paint job synonymous with the Dutch builder. Her sunroof spans the entire bridge for a true convertible feel as you cruise down the waterway. Slide up to the bar in one of the stools on the extended aft deck, or curl up in the roomy full-beam master below. With a large swim platform and side-loading tender garage, she’s the ultimate pocket superyacht.

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Wajer 38S | 38 feet (11.5 meters)

 Wajer 38S

Wajer 38S

Dutch yacht builder Wajer & Wajer will display its new 38S, based on the original Osprey 38, which made her debut last year. While the Osprey was designed as the ultimate day boat, the 38S center console model was conceived with water sports in mind and tons of stowage for toys. An LED-lit bimini top covers the helm, and a flared bow design keeps the cockpit dry, even while pushing 47 knots.

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Other Noteworthy New Boats

Hargrave 101 | Cutting Edge | 101 feet (30.8 meters)

Making her first public appearance is Cutting Edge, Hargrave Custom Yachts’ new 101-foot raised pilothouse motoryacht. Offering four comfortable staterooms and a sociable country kitchen, her interior is by Interiors by Shelley. She’s equipped with the latest technology including Naiad Dynamics stabilizers.

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Cheoy Lee Alpha 87 Sport Bridge | 87 feet (26.5 meters)

Modern, elegant and with a hull designed by Michael Peters, the Alpha 87 is a go-fast family cruiser. Even with her moderate displacement, she’s capable of 30 knots with standard 925-horsepower Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesels.

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Cerri 86 | Maylen | 86 feet (26 meters)

This Italian flyer is perfectly suited for Bahamas cruising with a shallow draft of 4 feet 2 inches. She’ll get you to Bimini in a heartbeat and in style with her top speed of 40 knots.

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Arcadia 85 | 85 feet (25.9 meters)

 Arcadia 85

Arcadia 85

The name derives from an ancient Greek mythological place, but this yacht looks as contemporary as they come, and it’s not just her ultra-modern décor. The entire overhead is composed of solar panels—430 square feet of them. A great success in Europe, Arcadia is hoping to achieve the same attention in the United States.

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Brokerage Highlights

Felix | 170 feet 7 inches (52 meters)

Delivered in 2004, Felix is based on the classic Tigre d’Or series from Dutch yard Amels. She features custom exterior styling and interior by the late Alberto Pinto with eight varieties of wood and luxury materials. She accommodates 10 guests in five double staterooms, including a full-beam master suite with his-and-her heads, a walk-in wardrobe and an office/lounge. In 2014, she had several upgrades including watermakers, wastewater management, a new security system and new audio.

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Silencio | 164 feet (50 meters)

A pedigreed Perini Navi ketch that took home the Perini Navi Cup in 2013, Silencio is renowned for her exceptional sailing performance and cruising capabilities. Built in 2001 with Ron Holland as naval architect, she was entirely refurbished in 2013 under the direction of French interior designer Christian Liaigre.

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Libra III | 157 feet (47.8 meters)

Built by Trinity Yachts in 2006, Libra III’s interior by Evan K. Marshall has been lauded for its rich use of stones and marble. Her layout, with accommodations for 10 guests in five generous staterooms, makes her well suited for charter. Her sky lounge and aft deck dining area render her perfect for entertaining.

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Arioso, Redemption, Antares | 130 feet (40 meters)

Worth Avenue Yachts offers a trilogy of Westport 130s. Arioso is a 2006 model in turnkey condition with recent upgrades. Redemption, built in 2004, was hull number eight in this popular series, while Antares, built in 2008, has a unique raised-panel mahogany interior.

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Thursday, November 5 (prime-time preview) 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 6 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 7 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 8 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 9 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Adults: $25 online, $27 at gate

Children (ages 6-15): $10 online, $12 at gate

Children (6 and younger): free

Prime-time preview: (Thursday, Nov. 5) $41 online, $43 at gate

Two-day ticket: $43 online, $45 at gate

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VIP Event at the Big Boat Pavilion

Members of the Superyacht Builders Association will be on hand at this red-carpet pavilion on the water. On the opening evening of the show, these builders will hold a VIP invitation-only event with canapés and drinks in association with Yachts International and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida. VIP cards will be issued for a dedicated superyacht tender from the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, where valet car parking is available.

7 Show Locations

The show’s seven locations are connected by a land and water transportation network offering several parking and transportation options to get show-goers to the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, The Sails marina, Pier Sixty-Six marina and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.Download and check out MyBoatShow, the show’s free smartphone app, designed to help navigate the show’s docks, land areas and tents.



At the show...

Pier Sixty-Six offers several dining options including Pelican Landing restaurant, which offers casual dining and drinks, and Grille 66 & Bar, which serves fine cuisine. At the Hall of Fame Marina, there will be a new pop-up restaurant designed to offer a quality dining option for guests and a place for industry professionals to meet and conduct business. Centrally located, the new restaurant will be open all show days and will be operated by Hugh’s Culinary, one of the area’s top caterers. Other nearby options include local foodie favorites Coconuts restaurant and G&B Oyster Bar, located just outside the show adjacent to the Hall of Fame Marina. The IGFA Sportfishing Lounge, located inside the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center show location, will offer comfortable seating and drink service. Outside the convention center, the Sailfish Pavilion Bar and Grill will offer a selection of grilled favorites and drinks.

Outside the show...

(Courtesy of Angela Caraway-Carlton, Editor-in-Chief, Lifestyle Media Group)

Pre-Party (Wednesday, November 4, 6 p.m. )

BANYAN FBO 411A (two)

Fort Lauderdale knows that every party needs a pre-party, and the hottest ticket in town is Tapas on the Tarmac. VIPs, yacht owners and select yacht captains will mix and mingle at Banyan Air Service at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, where chefs from select restaurants will offer luxurious tastings along with high-end wine and spirits. The event is invitation-only, or you can purchase a $1,000 ticket, which benefits 4KIDS of South Florida.

5360 NW 20th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale |

Cocktail Kickoff (Thursday, November 5, 5 p.m.)

In a boater’s life, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere. Kick off the first evening of the boat show at the newly reimagined Boatyard (formerly Bimini Boatyard), where the yachting crowd is sure to be hanging. The restaurant has undergone a complete redesign inside and out. Kick back with a cocktail on the dock or enjoy one of the many fresh seafood dishes.

1555 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale | 954-525-7400

Fill up on a Feast (Thursday, November 5, 7 p.m.)

Beauty & the Feast Bar | Kitchen at the Atlantic Hotel is throwing a special boat show kickoff party. For $19.50, guests can indulge in all-you-can-eat, slow-roasted pulled pork, along with chicken and chorizo paella served tableside. Plus, score $5 pints of craft beer all night long.

601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale | 954-567-8070 |

Nightly Nightcap

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale is rolling out a “docktails” menu during the boat show. On Thursday, you can sip a Dark ’n’ Stormy; on Friday, a Salty Dog; and on Saturday, a Painkiller. Each specialty cocktail is $6 in the hotel’s lobby bar from 5 p.m. to closing.

999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. | 954-315-1460 |

Off-the-Beaten-Path Breakfast

Sandbar Grille breakfast

Start your busy boat show day off right with breakfast at a local gem. The beachside Sandbar Grille at Sun Tower Hotel & Suites offers the perfect casual setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Go big with a flatbread breakfast pizza topped with veggies, meats and cheeses, or get a healthy start with a yogurt parfait with berries.

2030 N. Atlantic Blvd., Fort Lauderdale | 800-897-7775 |

Midday Break

Stop by the newly opened SuViche, where you can nosh on the popular jalapeno roll made with whitefish and avocado, and dotted with cilantro, spicy mayo and a slice of jalapeno pepper. Show your boat show ticket and you’ll get a free small ceviche. If you need some liquid courage to help you pull the trigger on a yacht deal, the restaurant is home to Fort Lauderdale’s first pisco bar, serving several varieties of the popular Peruvian cocktail called the Pisco Sour.

401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale | 954-656-3663 |

Drinks with a View

Hit happy hour at the waterfront restaurant Kaluz and watch the yachts cruise by. The outdoor bar offers one of the most glorious views on the Intracoastal, and there are plenty of waterfront nooks and crannies in which to socialize. From 3 to 6 p.m., enjoy deals on small plates like shrimp and goat cheese flatbread, and prime-rib sliders.

3300 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale | 954-772-2209 |

Decadent Dinner with a View

For an upscale meal on the water, reserve a table at Grille 66 & Bar at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, which will be opening extra seating on the patio with a covered, clear tent. Expect a packed house and a lot of yachts docked outside. If you want to mingle at the bar, favorite appetizers are the grilled marinated lamb lollipops and the Maryland crabcake with roasted sweet corn jalapeno relish—and, luckily, stone crabs are in season. If you’re just off the boat or out of the show, pop over to the more laid-back and casual Pelican Landing next door for a drink.

2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale | 954-728-3500 |

Coffee FIX

Dragging after days of boat scoping and shopping? Head to Wilton Manors for a java jolt at the area’s hidden coffee shop, The Alchemist. These coffee chemists will make you an iced coffee with coffee ice cubes, half-and-half and sweet milk, hand-shaken like a cocktail.

2430 NE 13th Ave., Wilton Manors | 515-981-6155 |

Relax or Party Like a Prince

You can unwind after a long day at the show with the relaxing vibe at BalQony, a tony rooftop lounge on the fourth floor of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach
Resort. Locals can grab a cabana and cocktails or order bottle service. It’s also a great venue to host an event and make it your own private playground for a bumping party.

505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale | 954-414-2222 |

Caviar Dreams

For a luxurious treat, cozy up at Ocean2000 or O2K Lounge at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort for a caviar and vodka tasting menu, priced at $160 per person. When you’re done, be sure to seal the deal with the dreamy chocolate-chip cookie pie.

2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale | 954-568-9431 |


No one does brunch with a view better than Fort Lauderdale. Make reservations for Sunday brunch at Blue Moon Fish Co. For $59, you can splurge on seafood and unlimited Champagne, mimosas and Bloody Marys.

4405 W. Tradewinds Ave., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea | 954-267-9888 |


What to See; What to Do

      Convention Center
      The Kids Fishing Clinics begin each day Saturday & Sunday. The clinic is free for all children who have a ticket to the boat show. The clinic is for ages 5-16.
        Bahia Mar Yachting Center
        CruiserPort is a designated area within leading mainstream boat shows, promoting the cruising lifestyle. CruiserPort offers free boating activities taught by your favorite PMM editors and other industry professionals.
          Convention Center
          Be sure to visit "The Blue Wild Watersports and Marine Art Expo" in Lobby B/C of the Convention Center! You will get the chance to listen to experts speak about different water sports -- from freediving and spearfishing to stand up paddleboarding and underwater photography. Also, stop by and meet celebrity speaker Manny Puig -- he will be displaying his artwork and signing posters. While there, be sure to visit the extensive Marine Art Display room, from serious, high-end works of art to underwater photography to whimsical and contemporary pieces.
            Sailfish Pavilion / Schedules posted daily at all show entrances
            The AquaZone, presented by Nautical Ventures Marine Superstore, is an exciting and engaging attraction designed to give Fort Lauderdale boat show-goers an upfront and personal experience with a variety of water sports and innovative products. The AquaZone’s 60' x 30' - 40,000 gallon pool, located at the convention center’s sailfish pavilion, will be home for in-water demos, hands-on testing, contests & prizes, and a one-stop learning center for information and product knowledge from these exhibitors: Arimar Life Rafts, Bote SUP, Brownies, Evinrude, Extreme Kayak Fishing, Go-Cycle, Hobie Kayak, I-Go Robot, Palm Beach Drones, Renegade Hovercrafts, Throw Raft. VersaDock, X-Jet Jet Blades and more.
            • THIS TOWN SPARKLES
              Day or night, this town sparkles with special events. Within the Boat Show and beyond there are many events happening this time of year in Fort Lauderdale. From family fun and art festivals to fine dining and music concerts, you’ll find entertainment options for all ages and tastes.
                Swimming Hall Of Fame | Windward Club
                Don't miss this all-inclusive experience with the luxury of a private dining area a premium open bar, gourmet food, special showcases and meet and greet events. This climate-controlled sanctuary is the perfect platform to network, close business, or simply share the enjoyment and excitement of this International boating event. Ticket Package options available for Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday.
                AIM Marine Group VIP Pavilion / Friday, November 6, 2015
                Yachts International will host two seminars during this year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The seminars will be presented by Annapolis-based maritime attorney Todd Lochner. Lochner specializes in all facets of maritime law. He graduated cum laude from the Tulane University Law School with a maritime law certificate from Tulane Maritime Law Center.Topics includes Staying Two Steps Ahead of the Tax Man and How to Hire a Captain and Crew.