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The Best of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The 60th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show docked into South Florida with plenty of splash as manufacturers unveiled their best and latest during the four day event that ran from Wednesday, October 30 – Sunday, November 3.

Boasting as the largest in-water boat show in the world, this year’s event (known as “FLIBS”) displayed a stunning array of yachts, an impressive collection of center console models, a range of power packages and all those must-have accessories at seven locations easily accessible via land and/or water taxi.

Opening ceremonies unveiled the Superyacht Village, a new dedicated marina hosting vessels up to 400’ and on-land exhibition space at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina’s new “Pier South” property that dazzled with exclusive fine wine and champagne tastings, concerts, exotic automobiles and the Friday Sunset Soiree – the 2nd annual Best Yacht Chef Competition.

The industry’s shift to Center Console (CC) hulls continues to drive the always fast, faster-paced high performance market as innovative boat builders launch larger designs and shift gears to dynamic multi-power packed styles.

Those showcased along the H-I Docks at Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center included MTI and Nor-Tech models with 4 and 5 engines, along with the new for 2020 Wright Performance 420 from Performance Boat Center (above).

The 5 step bottom catamaran hull, which sports twin Mercury Racing 400R or 450R power to deliver a top speed of 120 MPH, made its debut at the Lake of The Ozarks Shootout last summer and will join the Florida Powerboat Club (FPC) annual Key West Poker Run as the Key West World Championship Race spotlights the best of the best.

Formula continues to wow with its latest offering – the 380 SSC (above).

Introduced at the Norwalk Boat Show this Fall as the first Super Sport Crossover model with sterndrive power for inland customers, Formula steps it up with an outboard version of the 380 available Spring 2020.

Providing the right fit for coastal markets, the 380 SSC will feature triple Mercury 350 or 400 Verado and Mercury Racing 400R or 450R power packages.

Along with the newest products, there’s always plenty of buzz fueling the show and this year was no exception with a mega announcement during Thursday’s Westrec Marinas Annual Press Reception regarding one of the company’s 25 marina facilities: Midnight Express has joined a select group of high performance companies – Extreme Marine and MTI – housed at Haulover Marine Center.

Harris Glaser, President said:

The move elevates our brand by partnering with their brand.

Haulover Marine Center is strategically situated just a half mile from Baker’s Haulover Inlet, providing boaters a quick and effortless ocean access to the Bahamas and Florida Keys, while offering an array of services to its clientele.

And most recently, the collaboration of Martin Sanborn and Sunset Boat Sales with Extreme Marine (founded by the late Larry Goldman) to handle the boat sales for Extreme’s brokerage operations in a co-broker capacity brings a mega move to this South Florida boating hub.

Jodi Goldman, took the helm of her husband’s company some 2 years ago and continues to move it forward and he told me:

With his many years in the boating industry, Extreme Marine/ has welcomed Martin Sanborn and his expertise to be the co-broker for Exteme Marine.

It was Larry’s passion.

It’s so important that we keep this passion going.

Deep Impact featured several models – the 369 Sport (above) equipped with twin or triple power package and the new 399 outfitted with quad Mercury 450R engines and Tim Gallagher, General Manager, Boats Direct USA commented:

Look for both in the FPC fleet headed for Key West later this week.

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