Frequently Asked Questions

  • All bags and purses will be checked at show entrances. Weapons are not permitted at any show site.

    For those going to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center, you will have to pass a Broward Sheriff’s Office check-point before entering the facility. The facility is located within the Port Everglades so some different rules apply.  To expedite this process, please make sure to have photo identification ready and you are not carrying a weapon. This is a Broward Sheriff’s Office policy.
  • Similar to real estate, the seller will pay all yacht broker commissions. This can vary though. It's best that you address that up front with the dealer or broker.
  • Yes. There is much more to the Boat Show than just the boats. There's apparel, electronics, fishing and diving equipment, jewelry, hats and caps, sunglasses, destinations/real estate, artwork, magazines, multi-media, safety equipment, boating accessories, engines, generators, and more. Even if you don't own a boat, you can still go on a shopping spree.
  • No. We do not permit any such items on show site.
  • There are two Will Call pick-up locations:
    •    Broward County Convention Center – Show Office (inside Lobby)
    •    Bahia Mar Yachting Center – Will Call Booth outside main entrance on A1A and the Water Transportation Dock entrance.

    Tickets should be held under your last name, or the name of the exhibiting company leaving tickets for you. 

    Prior to coming to the show, we highly recommend contacting the company representative leaving Will Call tickets for you to find out which Will Call pick-up location your tickets will be at, and what name to ask them for.
  • The VIP Boat Show Experiences Guests Hospitality is at the Windward Club (10am-7pm Thursday - Saturday) and is located at the Swimming Hall of Fame
    1 Hall of Fame Drive, 33316
    Address: 1 Hall of Fame Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33316

  • Parking facilities on the Show’s Official Transportation Network are listed below. If you are interested in Valet Parking you can Purchase your ticket on this website

    Get Water Taxi Parking Information here

    Holiday Park/ War Memorial Auditorium (no in-out privileges) Purchase parking online
    • Broward County Convention Center garage (no in-out privileges)
    • Downtown Riverfront  (no in-out privileges
    • Parking is also available at these nearby City of Fort Lauderdale parking lots and garages.
    • Oceanside Lot – north of Las Olas Blvd
    • E. Clay Shaw Lot – under the 17th Street Causeway Bridg
    • “R” Lot – on A1A and Sebastia
    • City Park Garage – next to the Main Library in Downtown
    There will be “Special Event” rates in effect. For City parking lot/garage locations and rates. For more information contact Customer Service at (954) 828-3700.

    There are private parking lots that charge high premiums ($100 or more) during the Show.  They are not official show parking venues or are affiliated with the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® in any way.
  • Yes, but not necessarily. The advantage of the Boat Show is that there will be plenty of representatives and dealers on site ready to start negotiations with you at the Show. Visitors who purchase tickets from our website are then sent a short survey in which your answers help us to match you with a dealer or manufacturer that has something to offer that matches your needs.
  •  Look for banks that offer more than the typical monthly payment plan. For example, you may be more comfortable with a seasonal payment plan that allows you to skip up to three consecutive monthly payments per year and continue to skip the same months each year for the life of the loan. This option can be especially attractive for people with seasonal variations in income, such as contractors, sales representatives, retailers, consultants, and others.
    Or for those with a large seasonal bonus, an annual payment plan option may be best. With this option, customers make just one payment a year, and can delay the first payment up to six months for some “breathing room” between the time of the down payment and the time of the first payment.
    For those who wish to pay down the principal faster in order to save on finance charges and shorten the loan term, a bi-weekly payment option may work best.
    If you want to avoid check writing hassles and guarantee that your payments will be on time each month, you may prefer to make automatic loan payment deductions from a checking or savings account through Automated Clearing House (ACH) transfers.
  • A professional survey is essential for all used boat sales, and most lenders require one. These surveys can uncover information about the boat’s condition that you may not have known. Getting a professional survey before you buy could save you thousands of dollars down the road. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® has five distinct show venues in the heart of the city:

    Intercoastal Waterway North (on A1A from Seabreeze Blvd. north to Las Olas Blvd.)
    •    Bahia Mar Yachting Center:  801 Seabreeze Boulevard, 33316
    •    Hall of Fame Marina: 1 Hall of Fame Drive, 33316
    •    Las Olas Marina: 240 E. Las Olas Circle, 33316
    Intercoastal Waterway South (on 17th Street Causeway from Eisenhower Blvd.
    •    Grtr. Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Conv. Center:  1950 Eisenhower Blvd., 33316
    •    Fort Lauderdale Hilton:  1881 SE 17th Street, 33316
    •    The Sails Marina 2150 SE 17th Street,Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316
    •    Pier 66 Marina, 2301 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

  • (1) The best place to purchase a ticket is from our website at

    (2) On site at the show, you can purchase a ticket at the box offices at Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Las Olas Marina, the Broward County Convention Center and off show site at Las Olas Riverfront where you would catch a ride on the free Riverboats.
  • All entrances into the show are accessible for people with disabilities. However, we can not guarantee access aboard some of the vessels.
  • Marine professionals, boating enthusiasts and members of the media can be among the first to visit the show during Prime Time Preview, Thursday, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

    During Prime Time Preview attendees have the exclusive opportunity to visit, shop, and broker mega-deals at the show, before it opens to the general public on Friday

  • Official partner QuintEvents has VIP Boat Show Experiences Packages . VIP Boat Show Experiences now offers SINGLE-DAY and 3-DAY ACCESS available only Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the show

  • Generally speaking, boats at the show are exhibited as follows:

    • Bahia Mar Yachting Center:  Express Cruisers, Trawlers, Sportfishing Boats, Brokerage Boats, Superyachts, Motoryachts, Sports Yachts, Sailing Yachts, Family Cruisers, Small Motoryachts, Runabouts, High Performance Boats, Inflatables/Tenders
    • Hall of Fame Marina:  Brokerage Motoryachts, Trawlers, Superyachts, High Performance Boats, Brokerage Boats
    • Convention Center:  Boats Under 40 feet:  Fishing Boats, Flats Boats, Trailerable Boats, Outboards
    • Las Olas Marina:  Catamarans, Charter Yachts, Brokerage Boats, Megayachts
    • Sails Marina:  A small but elite selection of Superyachts
    • Pier 66 Marina: A great selection of pre-owned motoryachts will be displayed at the totally rebuilt Pier 66 Marina
  • No.  There is the air-conditioned Broward County Convention Center, and the Bahia Mar Yachting Club location also features seven air-conditioned tents full of marine products, electronics, yacht builders and designers, engine makers, and more.  

    However, all boats at all show sites (except for Broward County Convention Center) are on display outside, either on land or in water.
  • Our Official Transportation Network connects all six sites to get you around the show.   The Network consists of:

    Shuttle Buses:  FREE Color-coded routes between all six show sites, War Memorial Auditorium parking and Downtown Riverfront parking.

    WATER TAXI: The Water Taxi goes to all the venues. Click for more information

    Shuttle buses and water shuttle run one hour prior to opening, and one hour after closing. 

    For more information see Parking and Transportation
  • Access to superyachts and most megyachts is not open to the general public.  Boarding these yachts is usually by private invitation only, with arrangements made directly between brokers representing potential clients and the yacht owner. This generally means that the broker would like to speak to you at length before you board the vessel and that these types of vessels are shown to one person/group at a time.
  • When selecting a lender, make sure the company specializes in boat loans. For example, when buying a used boat, lenders need to understand related laws such as mechanic's liens and possessory interest. Without this expertise, you could end up having to pay for retroactive yard fees and mechanic’s charges.
  • The most sophisticated marine lenders can process loan applications from within a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the complexity of the loan. In many cases, a customer can be notified of the results within a matter of hours. Your marine dealer/broker can help facilitate a quick loan decision through their relationships with various lenders.  Also, you may call most lenders directly or go to their Internet sites for additional information.
  • As a Boat show attendee and/or ticket holder you hereby consents that Show Management and its agents can use your name and photographs, video and film ("Photos") of you taken before, during or after the event in advertising and other promotional materials for the Event without compensation. You also agree that no advertising or other material needs to be submitted to you for approval. All Photos taken and used by Show Management and its agents are owned by Show Management and they may copyright material containing same. You hereby release, discharge, and agree to save harmless Show Management from any liability, including, without limitation, any claims for libel or invasion of publicity/privacy, by virtue of any use of your name and/or Photos, including, any alteration of such Photos, whether intentional or otherwise.
  • Cost for marine insurance depends on several factors, like your boating experience, current navigational equipment, where your yacht will be used, the value of your yacht and whether you will be living aboard or cruising offshore.