Entering its 55th year, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® (FLIBS), the largest in-water boat show in the world, is set to take place from Oct. 30 through Nov. 3, attracting an international audience of thousands of marine enthusiasts to the “Yachting Capital of the World” to experience the single best showcase of marine products and accessories on the planet. Each year, show organizers strive to deliver new, exciting features to enrich the overall show experience and engage audiences. WSB takes a look at the top 13 attractions set to wow this year’s visitors.
Princess Yachts have unveiled details of their latest M Class yacht, the Princess 30M. This 100ft raised pilot house yacht will mark the entry point to the M Class fleet and the unparalleled level of design and luxury that comes with it. An incredibly spacious yacht, featuring the bold, contemporary lines that are now synonymous with Princess M Class design, the 30M will offer up to five double en suite cabins including a main deck master suite.
Conditions were perfect for the 6th Annual Bright House Super Boat National Championships this past weekend. With the exciting 3-race format, lasting hours into the sunny afternoon, Superboat Class winner Team STIHL took home first place and the National Championship title. This race exhibited rollovers and spin-outs which ultimately left the crowds in awe as these powerful boats raced up and down Clearwater Beach.
Cruisers Yachts, Wisconsin’s premier manufacturer of luxury yachts, has launched the new 390 Express Coupe (EC), a hybrid boat designed for entertaining on the water. Cruiser Yachts have claimed this sporty new boat has the largest cockpit seating in the industry for its category. So the WSB team step on-board to take a closer look at the new arrival.
This year the world’s largest showcase for Super and Megayachts afloat will be the biggest ever, with an expanded exhibition area and berthing for around 110 Superyachts in the Port Hercules of Monaco, the WSB team have taken a trip down to Monaco to check out this playground of super and mega yachts.
Building on their growing global presence and reputation as the world’s leading Chinese superyacht builder, Pride Mega Yachts confirmed their presence at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show to promote their 88.8m mega yacht. Since re-launching their brand at the 2013 MYS the company has gone from strength to strength. Based on the Chinese Yantai Peninsula, the yard has invested heavily in its facilities, with a new state of the art 4,500sqm facility that includes new sheds, offices, workshops and stores.
Matt Baker was joined by Olympic Gold medallist, Iain Percy OBE, where the duo greeted the Show’s first guests this weekend. As an ambassador to the Show’s official charity, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, Sir Iain Percy comments on the Show’s support: “I’ve been blown away by all the support the charity has already managed to achieve. Working with the PSP Southampton Boat Show now offers us a great opportunity to attract even more young people to sailing.”
This weekend saw Victory and Chaudron produce the stand-out performances of the Class one offshore Ibiza Mediterranean Grand Prix, cruising to emphatic victories in their respective classes in dramatic races that were red flagged after Abu Dhabi crashed out at the first corner, both Faleh AL Mansoori and Rashed Al Tayer emerging unscathed from the upturned boat. The WSB team were there to see the explosive action take place of the coast of Ibiza Island on a hot summers day.