Did you know that more than 87 million adults living in the United States participate in recreational boating each year? With over 20 international boat shows recognised by the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers, and many smaller unrecognised boat shows taking place the world over, there can be no doubt that the world simply loves boats! Let’s see what boat shows are on offer for boating enthusiasts this coming year…
When it comes to boats, boat accessories, and boating lifestyle – the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) is one of the biggest in the world! Unlike most boating shows, DIBS opens its gates in the early evening, due to the sheer heat of the daytime sun. With more than 30,000 visitors from 120 countries, the DIBS will offer up 840 exhibitors from 55 countries presenting an array of elite superyachts, leisure crafts, speed boats, and the latest in water sporting equipment. If you can take the heat, the Dubai International Boat Show is one for the books and takes place from 28 February to 4 March 2017.
This boat show, affectionately known as FLIBS, claims to be the biggest on the planet – and it just might be! Fort Lauderdale features over 480 kilometres of inland canals, known as the Intracoastal Waterway. FLIBS takes place across more than 100 marinas situated at Fort Lauderdale, with thousands of boats, yachts, and water vehicles adding to the 50,000 registered yachts that can be found there at any time during the year. The 58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will take place from 3 to 7 November 2017 and will feature a wide variety of boats including cabin cruisers, skiffs, sailing yachts, catamarans, inflatable boats, sport fishing boats, and more!
From 20 to 22 October 2017, Cape Town will be abuzz with the sound of boating enthusiasts taking in all things nautical! This year’s Cape Town International Boat Show will feature the latest offerings in the fields of boats, water sports and equipment. If you love boats, Cape Town is the place to be in October! From luxury yachts and sailing boats, to entry level boats, new motors, the latest in nautical electronics, and motor sport equipment – this local boat show has something for the whole family!
As the biggest boating show in the southern hemisphere, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) offers up world class marine exhibitions in a contemporary Australian village atmosphere. A carnival sense can be felt throughout the four-day event, as SCIBS opens its doors to over 40,000 visitors with over 300 boating and luxury marques to be enjoyed. Bass boats, luxury yachts, power boats, jet skis and an array of inflatables can be purchased at the event, as well as marine equipment and water toys for the whole family. Taking place from 25 to 28 May 2017, the 29th instalment of SCIBS is set to again set the standard for boating shows in the southern hemisphere!
Taking place in Natal Power Boats’ back yard, the Durban Boat and Lifestyle Show is poised to set the KwaZulu-Natal coast ablaze with a huge range of boats from every nautical industry! Luxury catamarans, speed boats, fishing boats and more – as well as luxury vehicles, SUVs, 4X4s and caravans for the land lubbers. The Durban Boat and Lifestyle Show is under new management for 2017, and will take place from 28 to 30 July 2017. Enjoy exquisite local cuisine, marine gadgets, and fun activities for the whole family.
If you’re crazy about all things boating, come and pay us a visit at our showroom in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Pop over to our website for a wide range of new and pre-owned power boats, motors, jet-skis, and so much more!