The 51st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show takes place October 28 through November 1. This year fans can expect quite a show among the $3 billion worth of boats, yachts, super yachts, electronics, engines and thousands of boating accessories from every major marine manufacturer and boat builder across the
globe Special yachts featured include:
Derecktor Shipyards will be debuting Cakewalk. At 281 (85.6m) feet and 2,950 tons, Cakewalk surpasses her four predecessors in size and is the largest yacht built in the U.S. since the 1930s, and possibly the biggest ever built in the States when measured by volume. Styled by internationally acclaimed yacht designer Tim Heywood, Cakewalk is a modern classic, evoking the timeless elegance of motor yachts from American yachting’s golden era while moving the needle forward in contemporary yacht design and engineering. In keeping with her dual mission as a private vessel and an exclusive luxury charter yacht, hospitality and
comfort are emphasized on every deck.
Moran Yachts will be presenting the 247’ Northern Star, built by Lürssen of Germany. This exploration yacht boasts an exceptional range of 8,500 nautical miles, coupled with very generous storage of all consumables, meaning this yacht can make long cruises to distant parts of the world, including high latitudes, as she is classed for operation in light sea ice. All of her engineering and equipment is robust with plenty of redundancy in case something gets damaged. For example, she has three generators, four stabilizer fins, two side-thrusters, and three tenders. Special equipment includes dynamic positioning and forward-looking sonar, while the communications outfit is the best available. She has six decks and exceptionally spacious accommodations for 12 guests and 22 crew. All the guest cabins are placed on the main deck and have large windows, while the owners’ suite on the upper deck has virtually horizon-to-horizon views.
Perini Navi 201’ Felicita West is the largest and fastest aluminium sailing yacht in the world.
Everything about this magnificent yacht has been designed to provide the ultimate sailing experience in the greatest possible comfort. The flybridge is so large that all twelve guests can sit, eat and talk in the sun or shade, surrounded by gleaming mast machinery. A large swimming platform descends from the main deck with easy access into the water or onto jet tenders. The most spectacular views are from the bow seat or a crow’s nest lift that ascends 131 feet.
Trinity Yachts Bacarella is 60 metres, or almost 200 feet, in length and was designed by Bannenberg & Rowell Design. She represents one of the larger yachts that Trinity Yachts has built. She is powered by twin CAT 3512B engines each cranking out 2,012 HP. The hull was fashioned from steel while the superstructure is aluminium. The interior of this yacht has been designed with a number of exotic woods and fabrics drawn together by Bannenberg & Rowell. Extensive use of limestone, slate, bronze and panelled woods make up the muted colour scheme of the interior. The interior was built-up by German company Metrica.
The World’s Largest Boat Show
The City of Fort Lauderdale lives up to its nickname as “Yachting Capital of the World” as host to the more than 3 million square feet of space, both on land and in water, that the Boat Show will encompass. The show’s transportation network of bus shuttles, water taxis, and riverboats ensures attendees can easily navigate the city and its expansive waterways system.
The show spans five sites this year with exhibits ranging from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats and sea vessels will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, centre consoles, cabin cruisers, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts.
The Boat Show also will feature electronics, engines and thousands of marine products such as fishing equipment, dive gear, financing and insurance options, yachting accessories, nautical clothing, jewellery and more.