Posted by Ben Olive on Friday, November 10th, 2017 at 1:59pm.

The "Yachting Capital of the World" hosted the 58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show November 1-5, 2017, and what a fabulous success it was!

Exhibitors included talented yacht designers, builders and brokers from more than 40 countries.  The variety of boats displayed included everything from personal submarines and small watercraft to super yachts, the largest more than 200’ long, complete with a helicopter pad.

FLORIDA LUXURIOUS PROPERTIES was once again proud to have been a sponsor of this exciting event, where all sorts of people from all over the world look for watercraft and the perfect residence to dock and enjoy the fabulous South Florida lifestyle.  We find the synergy dynamic!

Fort Lauderdale is the ideal location for the good life, alive with people of all ages and cultures. Our paradise has art museums, beautiful parks and a world-famous beach, plus great shops and fabulous restaurants.  And, the weather is great, with 260 days of sunshine every year.

We have the best deep-water canals on the eastern seaboard, an International Airport, an Executive Airport capable of hosting private jet aircraft, excellent hospitals and health services and a relaxed, yet cosmopolitan atmosphere.  Fort Lauderdale, the Venice of America, offers the complete package for those seeking the boating lifestyle.

This was the first year that a Foreign Trade Zone was established at the Boat Show.  The Marine Industry Association of South Florida, in conjunction with various city and government agencies, arranged for owners of yachts that were once off-limits to prospective US buyers to be shown them from the FTZ, helping both the buyer and the seller.

Operating out of the Bahia Mar Marina, exhibitors of foreign-flagged yachts were able to show them to US clients without having to pre-pay a 1.5% import duty or post a show bond.  This applied to imported parts used in refitting as well.

Most everyone agrees that the show schedule was better this year, with the Wednesday-Sunday format replacing the old Thursday-Monday show.  The opening Wednesday turned out to be better attended than Mondays were during past years.

Looking for the good life?  You’ll find it, every day, in Fort Lauderdale, the top destination for the serious yachtsman due to the proximity to the islands and opportunities for charter business.  Please see our website, 

Thank you for reading this article and be sure to contact me, Julie Jones-Bernard of FLORIDA LUXURIOUS PROPERTIES ( for all your Fort Lauderdale and South Florida real estate needs.


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