What the Super Wealthy are Buying

Mega-yachts are Bigger and Extreme Toys are More Amazing than Ever
Before at the 57
th Annual Fort Lauderdale
International Boat Show

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The weekend before Election Day, buyers, sellers and boating enthusiasts
of all stripes gather in Fort Lauderdale for five days of the world’s
largest in-water boat show. The $4 billion worth of luxury products
includes an eye-popping display of the most expensive toys in the world:
an Airbus
personal helicopter parked aboard superyacht support
vessel, Fast
& Furious
; personal submarines like the Triton 1650/3
and 3300/MK
luxury diver propulsion vehicles; the most expensive cars; and yachts
over 200 feet,
like the Galactica
Super Nova
, which only qualified buyers can board.

Many with price tags that only the über-wealthy can afford, the number
of superyachts at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show®
is greater than ever in its 57-year history, with 124 of these luxurious
vessels over 100 feet, 17 over 175 feet, and eight measuring 200 feet or

For five days from November 3-7, about 100,000 people are expected to
visit the show’s seven locations, linked by a network of land and water
transportation. Nearly 1,500 boats are displayed across more than 3
million square feet of exhibit space and 1,000 exhibitors from 30
countries comprise an amazing display ranging from astonishing
super-yachts, fishing boats, runabouts and boats for every budget, to
fishing gear, marine art, jewelry and accessories.

New this year are boat handling skills courses by professional,
certified, USCG-licensed captains. Instruction for first-time boaters
and seasoned skippers alike includes basic and advanced docking,
anchoring and multi-vessel rafting techniques, open water boat handling
and first mate skills.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is owned and presented by
the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, managed and produced
by Show Management and sponsored by

Audi, Bank of America, Gosling’s, International Gamefish Association
(IGFA), Smallwood’s Yachtwear and Taiwan Excellence. For more
information visit showmanagement.com.


For Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Daniel Grant,