Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show: Review
Fort Lauderdale has wrapped up another successful boat show and this year's event, with its fantastic weather, hordes of clients and impressive line-up of yachts on display, will certainly be one to remember.
The sun shone down on America's East Coast for the duration of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, bringing out the crowds for what has now become the world's largest boat show. Among the visitors were plenty of genuine buyers and a number of the boats on display are now seriously under offer. Yachts from the Camper & Nicholsons' fleet attracted a lot of attention during the week and were inundated with viewings, including the 58.3m (191') Unbridled, the 52.12m (171') Gravitas, the 39.62m (130') Gusto, the 38.16m (125’) Northlander, the 30.48m (100') Insatiable, the 26.6m (87'3) Patriot, the 26.19m (85') Playpen and the 23m (75') The Black Dog.
As well as displaying some of the best superyachts at the show, C&NI hosted clients in ultimate style at its VIP lounge right in the heart of the event. As the show area is palatial, Camper & Nicholsons also went the extra mile and provided clients with Porsche Panameras to transport them around the show. After long mornings viewing yachts, clients were also treated to lunch at C&NI's VIP Café inside the Bahia Mar Hotel.
One of the most talked about events of the show was cocktails aboard Gravitas. More than 140 people climbed on board the 52.12m (171') beautiful motor yacht to sip delicious drinks, including Chai Rum, champagne and Casillero del Diablo wines, dine on exquisite food and listen to live music. A 918 Porsche Spyder was on display on the deck of the yacht and provided a much admired centre point for the party. Lucky guests also enjoyed pampering themselves with Replete's wonderful line of skin care. Other sponsors for the evening included Elite Traveler magazine, YCCS Marina Virgin Gorda and Douglas Elliman Fine Homes
On the last night of the show Camper & Nicholsons threw their legendary crew party at their stand for over 300 people, including captains, crew and industry friends. Guests watched the sun go down over the show while listening to music from a live saxophonist and DJ, enjoyed a wonderful selection of foods made by Grateful Palette and refreshed with drinks provided by Cellars Wine and Spirits. Special thanks also goes to Biion Shoes, who provided shoes to over 100 attendees at the event, and Oversea Yacht Insurance, Travelers Luxury Yacht and YachtSign for also sponsoring the event.