I love the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) because it brings many of the world’s largest yachts to the United States. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love traveling to Monaco, Italy, France, Holland and Germany to visit the shows and tour all the European superyacht shipyards. But when it comes to be able to visit all the biggest yachts for sale and charter on this side of the pond in one place, nothing compares with FLIBS. In fact, since over 1,300 boats (covering about six miles of docks!) will be on display, no other show on the planet is quite like FLIBS.
However, boats of all sizes are not the only attraction. Everything from personal submarines and helicopters to sports cars, and virtually anything else you could think of to enhance the superyacht experience, will be on display at the superyacht village. And just about every boating-related item can be found at one of the show’s seven locations.
FLIBS has something for everyone. And I can’t speak for everyone, but I can share the five yachts I’m most excited to see.
I’m excited to see the 213-foot-long Eternity because it’s based in my beloved Bahamas at the exclusive Albany Resort. This location makes it the ideal yacht for island hopping. And charter guests receive access to two onshore retreats including the Baha Mar Resort and Casino, too.
But it might be hard to get guests to leave the yacht’s spacious accommodation for 12 guests in seven suites. The master stateroom has a walk-in wardrobe and his-and-hers bathrooms, in addition to a hot tub on its private balcony. Other onboard amenities include the sun deck gym, which is equipped with a Peloton bike and various exercise equipment, and a comprehensive audio-visual system that runs throughout the yacht.
A huge array of toys and equipment are also available, including WaveRunners, SeaBobs, an electric hydrofoil board and Flyboard, as well as an inflatable trampoline, climbing wall and slide. And if that’s not enough, Eternity also carries two jet tenders and can be chartered in tandem with a 53-foot chase boat and 50-foot sport fishing boat.
I’m excited to see the Numarine 121-foot-long 37XP Rockit because it’s brand-new and available for immediate sale. Buyers usually have to wait up to three years to buy a brand-new yacht like this one. But Rockit was delivered in June 2023 and, due to a change of plans, the owner is offering her for immediate purchase.
I love the layout, too. It features six cabins with the master cabin located forward on a main deck that’s also big enough to have large walk-in closet and a his-and-hers bath complete with shower and tub. Not an easy feat on a 121-footer. I also love the interior, composed of neutral colors, hard wood floors and a wine storage display case.
I’m excited to see the 164-foot-long Ocean Z, which was built by Heesen and launched in 2022, because it appears to be both practical and unified in its design. But I’m not surprised since the interior is by Reymond Langton Design and features clean lines, bright, open spaces and subtle contrasts of light and shade. In fact, Ocean Z’s owners worked closely with Reymond Langdon Design to produce an interior that complements their tastes and lifestyle.
Carefully selected Italian furniture design pieces, precious fabrics and artworks have buoyed the tranquil interior atmosphere as well, because the goal of the interior was to evoke a sense of calm where people can feel happy, relaxed and at home.
I’m excited to see the 236-foot-long Casino Royale built by Tankoa Yachts in Italy, because I was quite familiar with the yacht when it was called Solo. And after spending some time aboard in Monaco on several different occasions, I really came to appreciate the distinctive interior design by Francesco Paszkowski in collaboration with Margherita Casprini.
The upper deck boasts a panoramic saloon complete with fireplace, bar and piano. Meanwhile, the entire top deck is devoted to a massive private suite that makes it possible for an owner to arrive via helicopter on the touch-and-go helipad. The private owner’s deck is equipped with a bar, hot tub and sun when heli-ops are complete!
The main deck is devoted to the TV/family room, dining room, five guests cabins and the VIP. Down below, three garages house two large tenders and an array of water toys.
The 210-foot-long Atomic was built by Viareggio Superyachts and launched in 2020. Well-suited for diving enthusiasts, Atomic features a world-class dive center/beach club, full-beam master cabin with private office and impressive exterior deck space. Meanwhile, the interior benefits from exceptionally high ceilings and large windows.
The owner’s cabin offers panoramic views, two private terraces, an office with a sleeper sofa and a full-beam bathroom complete with custom glass artwork.