The 58th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) hit town on November 5th, with promises of delivering the “biggest and best edition” of the annual event yet. By all accounts, that was a promise kept and then some!
Speaking to the press, Mary Bender, vice president of marketing for Informa Exhibitions, the boat show’s producer said, “While attendance figures are still being calculated, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from exhibitors who have been reporting boat sales, leads and more qualified buyers than ever before…”
Bender’s words certainly echo our own experiences at FLIBS 2017. One big difference this year was the show running from Wednesday till Sunday, instead of Thursday through Sunday as in years past. That new format seemed to have increased traffic for us, as well as for all of the exhibitors at the show. The weather couldn’t have been better, and many people seemed to want to take advantage of the extended days. In fact, Wednesday and Thursday were surprisingly heavy traffic days. We also found, as Bender said, that there was a much greater number of serious and qualified buyers, at the boat show this year, as opposed to “looky- loos”.
“Overall, we consider the show a big success. I think we had a great show,” said Mike Carlson, Co-Founder and CEO of 26 North Yachts. “We didn’t sign any contracts at the show, but we had a lot of traffic, and a lot of interest from qualified buyers. We have already had a few post show follow-up viewings of several of the yachts we had on display, and it would not surprise me, if in the next few weeks, we had at least three or four deals from leads we obtained at the show.”
Of course “selling yachts” was the reason we exhibit at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, but it was our appearances on the popular AWE TV series Selling Yachts, which made us feel like celebrities at this year’s event! Not only did we have more traffic than ever before to our exhibit, but over a dozen visitors said they came by to meet us specifically because they had seen our brokers on Selling Yachts!
“We’ve had a great five days here at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, said Nicholas Scherb, Co-founder, 26 North Yachts. “We saw a ton of qualified buyers who came by, and also a lot of people wanting to upgrade, who are looking to sell, and have us list their current yachts for sale, and more than a few of them said they wanted to work with us because they saw us on TV!”
Boat Show Specials Continue
We were happy to meet and greet everyone who visited our yachts on display at FLIBS 2017. But, if you did not get a chance to come by, or you did, and want to get another look at one of the fine motor yachts we had on display, we are extending the show special prices on all of the following vessels until the New Year!
Checkmate – A classic 85 foot Burger Yacht.
Ti Punch – An 86 foot Outer Reef, unlike any Outer Reef you have seen before!
Recess – A super-sexy 62 foot McKinna cruiser.
Polaris –An exquisite 74 foot Sunseeker Yacht.
Moby Dick – A 47 foot Intrepid yacht priced to move as fast as she cuts through the waves.
A Still Image of Moby Dick, Running Hot!
It’s not always easy to stay on top of what’s new in motor yachts. If you would like to benefit from our expertise in these areas, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Sales Specialists, or call us at 954-900-9988.
[Main Image: Checkmate one of our featured yachts at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show]