Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Chris Craft Launch 35GT courtesy Chris Craft

Chris Craft, Princess Introduce 2019 Launches at FLIBS

With millions of dollars and almost 2,000 of the world’s most spectacular brokerage vessels and megayachts displayed in one place at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), it’s almost possible to overlook notable new launches for production boats and semi-custom megayachts.Chris Craft Launch 35GTOn the water or on the deck, nothing else looks – or feels – like a Chris-Craft. An iconic brand renowned for understated class, style and sportiness, Chris Craft epitomizes…

M/Y Namaste 2018 courtesy of Mangusta

Best Yachts, News from FLIBS

Nearly 2,000 megayacht captains blared their boat horns in unison for one full minute on Sunday night at exactly 6 p.m., a traditional symphony of ocean commotion signaling the official end of yet another FLIBS or Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.The consensus is the 58th consecutive FLIBS was one of the best shows in many years. Propelled by a strong economy and two, active hurricane seasons prompting new vessel purchases, repairs and refits, the five day show from October 31 - November 4 was well attended.

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11' Jet-Powered Tender to Debut in Ft. Lauderdale

Amid the grandeur of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will be an 11' jewel glistening in the South Florida sun. The Argos Nautic 330 Jet is a bespoke five-passenger RIB tender powered by an intercooled turbo engine coupled to a waterjet. Marrying unbridled adrenaline with lavish opulence, its FLIBS debut is at Orange Zone Land 1001.A Boating Industry Top Product, the Argos Nautic 330 Jet was designed to solve the space issues common in many 50'–70' yachts. With an innovative center console that folds down and no bulky outboard, its storage size is a mere 129" L x 68" W x 40"" H.

M/Y Eternity Photo by Hill Robinson.

M/Y Eternity 65-meter Superyacht Refit Debut at FLIBS

M/Y Eternity is one of the largest yachts in this week's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, a staggeringly impressive display of the world’s biggest and most luxurious brokerage vessels. The 2010 Codecasa 65-meter superyacht makes her U.S. debut at FLIBS after an extensive interior and exterior refit at Rybovich Marina managed by Hill Robinson as part of its new refit management program aimed at the large yacht sector. After assessing the vessel’s condition in Hong Kong…

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Cox Powertrain Adds New Distributor

Boats.net founder and Outdoor Network owner Tom D'Azevedo announced that beginning in October 2018, The Outdoor Network will expand its growing operations to include distribution of Cox Powertrain’s new CXO300 diesel outboard engines. The landmark expansion will be accompanied by a new web presence, www.dieseloutboards.com, and will include CXO300 distribution to Government Service Agencies such, Bahamas, Belize, Colombia, Guatemala and all countries within the Caribbean.The CXO300 diesel outboard engine…

Marquis-Larson Prepares New Line for 2019

According to Rob Parmentier, President & CEO of the Marquis-Larson Boat Group, Marquis Yachts will discontinue its current line of semi-custom cruising boats and transition to an entirely new line for 2019. Parmentier said the new models are designed to better address changes in the global marketplace where there is an increasing demand for boats with unique styling, greater performance and higher levels of quality than are currently offered by other production builders.“With our experience building ultra modern, ultra high quality boats for both Lexus and VanDutch…

Ferretti Yachts 920 (Photo: Ferretti Group)

Ferretti Group Debuts Three Yachts at the Miami Yacht Show

The Group to showcase 17 models, including three North American debuts: Custom Line Navetta 33, Riva 56’ Rivale and Ferretti Yachts 920. With a prestigious and impressive fleet punctuated by three North American debuts, Ferretti Group will participate in the 30th annual Miami Yacht Show, February 15th thru the 19th. Miami Beach, a paradise of glamour and luxury, will also set the sparkling stage for U.S. celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Ferretti Yachts, in the wake of recent celebrations at BOOT in Düsseldorf.

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KVH TracPhone V7-HTS System Delivers Maritime Broadband

An advanced, 60 cm marine satellite antenna system designed to consistently deliver the fastest data speeds globally to the maritime market will be unveiled tomorrow by KVH Industries, Inc., at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, in Florida. The TracPhone V7-HTS achieves data download speeds of up to 10 Mbps, three times faster than current 60 cm models on the market, including KVH’s own system, and fast enough to enable the streaming of HD-quality content at sea. In addition…

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Arneson Surface Drives Enhanced with Master Trim

Twin Disc, manufacturer of technologically advanced marine transmissions, has announced an expansion to its line of Arneson Surface Drives. Select models of the innovative propulsion solution now interface with MasterTrim, an automated trim control system. The device is debuting at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Nov. 1–5. By use of exacting sensors, the programmable MasterTrim control system automatically adjusts the position of Arneson Surface Drives and trim tabs or interceptors for maximum efficiency and performance.

Fin and Control Station for WESMAR’s DSP-5000 Wave-Smart Stabilizer (Image: WESMAR)

WESMAR to Showcase New Stabilizer Technology

WESMAR said it will display its stabilizers, thrusters, sonar and hydraulics at the 58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show November 1 to 5, 2017. Held in what is known as the “Yachting Capital of the World,” the exhibition covers an area 9-miles-long and draws visitors from around the world. “As boat values continue to increase and moorage and dock space become more crowded, WESMAR products have become among the most important equipment owners and captains have come to rely on,” said Bob Sentz, WESMAR Vice President.

ISA 120 Sport (Photo: ISA)

ISA to Display Sport 120 at FLIBS 2017

ISA Yachts said it will display the ISA Sport 120’ at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), the world’s largest international boat show. The 37-meter M/Y ‘Clorinda’, whose construction began in October 2016, is the hull #11 of the ISA Sport 120 range, launched in Ancona in July 2017 and the first yacht completed in the yard under the new ownership. She marks a true transition towards a completely renewed course of the Palumbo Group. This is a strong indication from the Group…

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Rolls-Royce Showcases New Yacht Engine at FLIBS

Rolls-Royce will be marketing the 10-cylinder version of its advanced MTU Series 2000 M96L yacht engine at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from Nov. 3 to 7 . A 12-cylinder version of the engine will be showcased at MTU’s booth (engine tent 1212/1215). Also on display will be MTU’s Blue Vision New Generation ship automation with integrated Joystick System, which will allow visitors to steer a virtual yacht in a simulation. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

L to R:  Elandra’s Tom Barry-Cotter, Grant Senior and Luke Durman (Photo: Elandra Yachts)

Elandra Yachts Reports Strong US Sales

Elandra Yachts is on course for fast-tracked sales to the U.S. in 2016 as interest from overseas buyers peaks on the back of an optimistic export market. The Australian luxury boat brand has released bolstered American sales targets of up to 70 per cent, with the combined effect of the plunging Australian currency and particularly buoyant economic conditions in the US providing a boost for exporters. As the Australian dollar fell below 70 US cents in the first month of the New Year…

Broadwater Marine under New Ownership

Broadwater Marine, the largest yacht chandlery in the Philippines, announced today that it has been purchased by Australian businessman Peter Baird. With close ties to the local boating community, Baird has lived in the Philippines on his 75 foot motor vessel for over six years. An avid boater, diver, passionate family man and successful businessman with a proven track-record, Baird looks to bring his values to expand Broadwater Marine. Hoping to add a fresh new direction to the business, Baird’s initial focus will be on increasing the company’s exclusive offerings.

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New S. Florida Dealer for Llebroc Helm Chairs

Florida Yacht Interiors said it has been selected exclusive South Florida Dealer for Llebroc helm chairs serving customers in Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. The 12-year-old firm will showcase the Llebroc helm chair line at the upcoming 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, according to president Captain Chase Camacho. Florida Yacht Interiors services, a one-stop-shop, include design and yacht staging, custom cabinetry, upholstery, flooring, galley surfaces, built-in installations, interior lighting and window treatments and fine artwork and sculptures.

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Twin Disc Dubuts Technologies at FLIBS

Twin Disc will introduce three new products at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, November 3–7. Twin Disc's  e-Steer Electronic Steering System provides a bold, new approach to marine steering. Avoiding the pitfalls of traditional hydraulic setups, the electronic helm is connected to the hydraulic-powered rudder(s) via wires, reducing leaks and loss of steerage. The e-Steer system features Speed Sensing technology. This provides helmsmen adaptive resistance, so the helm is firmer when at full throttle and lighter when maneuvering slowly.

Triton 6600/2 (Image: Triton Submarines LLC)

New Recreation Submersible Dives Deep

Triton Submarines LLC, a builder of personal submarines designed for yacht deployment, has launched a new submersible designed to dive to ocean depths of 6,600 feet, transporting passengers deeper than other models in its range. Announcing the new submersible was Triton Submarines CEO L. Bruce Jones, who unveiled plans for the new Triton 6600/2 at a press conference held at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on November 6. “We are excited about this new deep-diving acrylic-hulled sub that will dive twice as deep as our 3300 series submersibles,” Jones said.

Legislation Aims to Strike Import Duty on Foreign Yachts

Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) plans to introduce in mid-November legislation that would allow U.S. citizens to purchase foreign-flagged yachts while in U.S. waters without paying a costly import duty prior to the sale. Frankel made the announcement during a November 10 press event hosted by the Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA) at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). Congressman Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) is expected to be a co-sponsor of the bill. “The interest in the marine industry is huge and it is a giant economic driver for South Florida,” said Congresswoman Frankel during the press conference.

New Owner for Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht

MarineMax announced has that it has a new Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht owner. This model was first introduced to the public at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show where The Ocean Alexander 100 received a lot of attention and acclaim by yacht enthusiasts and critics from around the world. “After almost one year of extensive research comparing competitive models, my clients chose the Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht for their family,” said James Corts, MarineMax Sales Consultant. “The fully enclosed Skylounge was the deciding factor, they really liked that they could operate the vessel in comfort no matter what the weather brings.