This fall’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which marks its 60th anniversary, will include a Superyacht Village, a new dedicated marina and on-land exhibition space, at Pier Sixty-Six South, site of the former Sails Marina.
“The growing number of large yachts exhibiting at the show continues to attract affluent buyers and superyacht charter clients,” said Andrew Doole, president of Informa U.S. Boat Shows, which produces the show for the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, which owns it. “Thanks to a large investment by Informa and Tavistock, we are able to create a new, unique destination for the superyacht community within this extraordinary boat show directly across from Port Everglades.”
One of the only docks in Fort Lauderdale that can host vessels up to 400 feet, the 3.5-acre Superyacht Village will be framed by a display of the show’s largest yachts and exhibits by yacht builders, along with helicopters, submarines, and exotic and collectible cars. Plans include a destination restaurant, reserved parking, valet and private water tender services.
An event space will also host exclusive, dedicated fine wine and champagne tastings, intimate concerts, pop-up luxury fashion and jewelry exhibits, automotive and superyacht toy exhibits, award receptions, seminars, and the second annual FLIBS Best Yacht Chef Competition.
Superyacht Village will be open to all general admission ticket holders with direct access by water tenders and shuttle bus routes from the show’s other six locations.
“Pier Sixty-Six is one of the East Coast’s premier yachting destinations, and the exclusive offerings of the Village align with our vision for the future of our iconic property as the social harbor of Fort Lauderdale,” said Jessi Blakley, senior director of Tavistock Development Company.