FLIBS 2022 proved its might in numbers for the 63rd edition of the world’s largest in-water boat show. Thousands of yachting guests attended the first FLIBS event, finally free of covid-induced restrictions. For TJB Super Yachts the show was an opportunity to join our USA yacht brokers and clients and step onboard a wide variety of yachts for sale and charter.
“FLIBS22 was extremely well attended by our boating community and industry greats. Many of our clients joined us at the yacht show, and you could feel their excitement. FLIBS was an opportunity to view the latest in yacht design, a wide variety of yachts for charter and new-build yachts, as well as pre-owned yachts for sale.” – Nicole Haboush, Senior Charter Broker Manager
A STRONG YEAR FOR THE U.S. YACHTING MARKET
There was a notable absence of Russian yachting clients this year. Much of this space has been taken by the American market, and the exceptional fleet at FLIBS 2022 gave our prospective yacht owners in the U.S. an overview of new-build and pre-owned superyachts for purchase.
After the devastation of Hurricane Ian, which flattened much of Florida’s coastline in September, many local yacht owners were looking for boating products to repair yachts damaged by the storm. Exhibitors reported an all-time high in sales of boating products.
For our Senior Charter Broker, Nicole Haboush, St. Martin, St. Barts and Nassau are the top destinations for her charter bookings this season. Nicole has also seen increased interest in catamarans in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. She’s looking ahead to a busy season for yacht charters in the Caribbean and Bahamas.
NEW DESIGN YACHT CONCEPTS
Ocean Alexander 36m 37L Legend stood out to Nicole Haboush. Three spacious decks are filled with natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows. The elegant yacht design is suited for long stays on board, and she loved the touch of contemporary innovation and forward thinking.
OUR TOP THREE YACHTS FOR SALE
OUR TOP THREE YACHTS FOR CHARTER
FLIBS 2022 IN NUMBERS
The numbers speak for themselves. As we await the report from the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, it is safe to say FLIBS 2022 will have made an impactful contribution to Florida’s economy this year. In 2021 the show generated $899 million in direct sales over five days – that number is expected to be significantly higher in 2022.
Total USD value of yachts and merchandise : 4,000,000,000
Number of attendees : 10,000
Total gross tonnage of yachts : 41,606
Total length of superyachts in metres : 5,405
Number of boats on display : 1,300
Yachts above 24 metres : 157
Semi-custom boats on display : 118
Number of world debuts : 17
Average age of the superyacht fleet : 11
Number of event venues : 7
SAVE THE DATE!
October 25 – 29 2023
Team TJB will be back in Fort Lauderdale for FLIBS 2023 and it’s not too early to start planning. Get in touch if you would like to join us in Fort Lauderdale next year as a guest of TJB Super Yachts.