The seven must-attend yacht shows of the world

Every year, superyacht sybarites eagerly anticipate new designs launched at boat shows. Located around the globe from Cannes to Dubai, the following boat shows are widely considered some of the most important in the world.

 

1. Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, USA

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show encompasses everything from yacht builders and designers to superyachts and exotic cars. As the largest boat show in the United States, the four-day spectacle is the perfect overview both for those new to the yachting industry and those looking to buy a vessel of their own.

Connoisseurs are sure to appreciate the VIP experiences at Windward Club, which include gourmet dining options, meet-and-greets, and an open bar. In addition, the onsite concierge team can reserve private yacht tours for VIP individuals and their guests.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

2. Miami International Boat Show, USA

Fittingly, the Miami International Boat Show is every bit as bold and trendsetting as its host city. With more than 1,300 boats on display, the show offers something for everyone. Boating workshops, test demonstrations, open-air exhibitions, and restaurants galore provide a full immersion into boating paradise. The next nautical adventure takes place February 16 to 20, 2017.

Miami Boat Show

3. Dubai International Boat Show, UAE

Dubai is one of the most innovative cities in the Middle East, so it is only fitting that the city hosts the equally innovative Dubai International Boat Show. According to show organizers, more than two-thirds of attendees plan to purchase a yacht within six months, making it an excellent place for potential buyers to explore options. While there, guests can view superyachts and supercars as well as go fishing, sailing, or shopping. This year’s show featured over 450 yachts and attracted more than 30,000 visitors. Next year’s event, which takes place February 28 to March 4, 2017, will likely draw an even larger crowd.

Dubai International Boat Show

4. Singapore Yacht Show, Singapore

The Singapore Yacht Show, held at the ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove, is a four-day extravaganza complete with posh parties and a gala dinner. A slew of yacht builders, brokers, and charter companies populate the dockside village, providing plenty of opportunities for networking and yacht spotting. Industry professionals can attend the Asia Boating Forum, which highlights development and sustainability issues for Asian boat builders. Though the swanky ships are, naturally, the stars of the show, the event also showcases supercars, jewels, watches, and other high-end items. The next show will take place April 6 to 9, 2017.

Singapore Yacht Show

5. Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, Australia

Australia’s Gold Coast is home to powdery white beaches and stellar surfing spots, but every year it also showcases a slew of haute yachts. The 28th annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show displayed everything from superyachts to supercars. An all-new sport- and trailer-boat area included skiboats, trailer boats, fishing demonstrations, and more. The Top Deck VIP Lounge featured a private bar complete with beautiful views of the marina, free internet, and an attentive wait staff. In addition, live music, cooking demonstrations, wake and water-skiing sessions, and kids’ activities promise fun for the whole family. The yachting festival will occur on May 25 to 28, 2017.

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

6. Cannes Yachting Festival

The picturesque bay of Cannes serves as the backdrop for the Cannes Yachting Festival, which is billed as the largest boat show in Europe. This year’s event drew a record 630 boats, including 191 new models. More than 51,000 visitors poured into the ports at the Promenade de la Croisette for a first-hand look at the pleasure crafts. Next year’s festivities – which take place September 12 to 17, 2017 – will mark the festival’s 40th anniversary.

Cannes Yachting Festival

7. Monaco Yacht Show

Monaco, the small city-state nestled into France’s Mediterranean coastline, is known the world over for the Monaco Yacht Show. The four-day event unfolds at Port Hercules, a gargantuan harbor overlooking the hazy blue ocean. Known as the launching pad for some of the most anticipated superyachts of the season, the show is an ideal destination for anyone who wants to see the largest and most remarkable new designs. This year’s show, which took place in September and featured 125 superyachts, was anchored by crowd favourites such as Wally’s Wally Casa and Aston Martin’s AM 37. Next year’s show (September 27 to 30, 2017) promises a similarly spectacular experience.

Monaco Yacht Show

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Published December 22, 2016
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