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Live from FLIBS 2018: all the action so far

By Rebecca Bradbury   1 November 2018

As the second day of the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show (FLIBS) gets underway, we take a look at the standout moments from the first 24 hours of the prestigious yachting event.

FLIBS 2018 got off to a spectacular start yesterday and YachtCharterFleet was on the ground in Florida to report back on all the action and capture the best moments on camera.

From superyacht showcases to boat builder exhibits and lively social events, there was much to see and do across the event’s seven locations. Visitors flooded the boardwalks, industry professionals connected and tenders and water taxis transported attendees across the marinas.

scores of yachts line up in Fort Lauderdale for FLIBS 2018
visitors tour yacht at FLIBS 2018
two yachts line up next to each other in Fort Lauderdale for FLIBS 2018
visitor at FLIBS takes a picture for the deck of a yacht exhibiting at FLIBS

A key highlight of the yachting meet is always the strong turnout of luxury yachts and day one of this year’s Fort Lauderdale Boat Show was no different.  

Excitement swept across the boardwalks as Abeking & Rasmussen’s 98m/323ft superyacht AVIVA made an appearance docked in Pier Sixty-Six. Launched in 2017, she boasts an unmissable blue hull and powerful profile and is the first ever yacht to feature an indoor padel tennis court.  

From superyacht showcases to boat builder exhibits and lively social events, there was much to see and do across the event’s seven locations

AVIVA was berthed yesterday alongside another iconic offering, the 90m/295ft charter yacht ‘Phoenix 2’. A 2010 build, she is renowned for her unique phoenix figure head, 1930s-style interior from Andrew Winch Design and exceptional Lurssen craftsmanship.

Also causing a stir was a fellow Abeking & Rasmussen build, the 75m/244ft superyacht ELANDESS. On the official line-up, she hit the water earlier this year and wowed visitors yesterday with her dynamic good looks from her berth in the Superyacht Life section of the show.

close up of the superstructure on board superyacht ELANDESS while exhibiting at FLIBS
Feadship's luxury yacht 'Sea Racer' lined up in Fort Lauderdale for FLIBS 2018
Motor yacht Gene Machine with inflatable water slide at FLIBS 2018

Other yachts caught on camera by the YachtCharterFleet team included the brand new 62m/203ft motor yacht ‘Utopia IV’ from Rossi Navi, the 55m/180ft Amels superyacht 'Gene Machine' complete with all her water toys and Feadship's 47m/153ft superyacht ‘Sea Racer’.

Shipyards were also out in full force on 'Superyacht Avenue', with two celebrating special anniversaries. Italian builder Ferretti was marking 50 years while Dutch yard Amels commemorated its centenary. Other top boat builders in attendance included Feadship, Benetti and Lurssen.   

Lurssen and other world-class shipyards exhibiting in the Superyacht Avenue at FLIBS 2018
busy boardwalks at FLIBS 2018
visitors stroll the boardwalks at FLIBS 2018

The day was rounded up by a variety of social events and Halloween celebrations, and an awards ceremony lead by ISS took place at the Broward Center recognising design and leadership in the industry.

As the show moves into day two, attendees can expect more yachting action, industry exhibitions, networking opportunities and FLIBS’s first-ever yacht chef competition.

YachtCharterFleet will keep you updated on all the latest news live from the show. For more images, view our live galleries: the best show photos from FLIBS 2018 and the best people and party photos from FLIBS 2018.

For further details on any charter yachts at FLIBS, speak to your preferred charter broker.

Alternatively, view all superyachts attending FLIBS 2018.


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