DAY 1 – OCTOBER 30, 2019
The world’s largest boat show is underway for its 60th year. The 2019 edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show began on Wednesday, October 30 to the delight of boating and yachting enthusiasts from around the world. With more than 1,500 boats and yachts on display and more than 1,200 exhibitors, the event is chock full of anything maritime you could want
Northrop & Johnson is proud to be one of the largest superyacht exhibitors in the show with 11 yachts for sale and seven yachts for charter in the show. Our biggest offering this year, listed both for sale and for charter is the stunning 236-foot (72M) Tankoa luxury yacht SOLO. Always a belle of the ball, SOLO is one of the largest yachts on display. She can be found at the show’s superyacht village – one of the newest additions to the Fort Lauderdale show’s offerings. Featuring the “crown jewels” of the show with superyachts of 200-foot-plus, this is an ideal place to explore everything superyacht, including the world’s most prestigious yacht builders — from Amels and Benetti to Feadship and Tankoa and many others — helicopters, submarines, exotic cars and anything synonymous with luxury. This new show site will feature dining, events and more. The Superyacht Village is located at Pier 66 Marina (where you can visit SOLO) and the new “Pier South” property
In order to access this site, and other show sites, with ease, Northrop & Johnson is providing a tender to our clients to easily move about the show. We also have two luxury automobiles to take our clients around town, including to the Hall of Fame Marina where Northrop & Johnson’s completely renovated hospitality lounge, which is surrounded by our other yachts in the show.
These yachts include the 154-foot (46.94m) Admiral superyacht RHINO (for sale and charter), the 130-foot (40m) Westport superyacht APHRODITE (for sale and charter), the 118-foot (35.97m) Westport luxury yacht ISABELLA, the 97-foot (29.57m) Vicem motor yacht CHANSON II, the 86-foot (26.29m) Sunseeker motor yacht PURA VIDA, the 83-foot (25.48m) Kuiper Doggersbank motor yacht COY KOI, the 81-foot (24.69m) Ferretti Yachts motor yacht LA PACE, the 69-foot (21.16m) Horizon motor yacht SUNNY and the 44-foot (13.41m) Riva motor yacht PARTY TALK. The 59-foot (17.98m) Grand Banks motor yacht ROPEWALK also is on display nearby.
Several luxury charter yachts for sale with Northrop & Johnson, including the 182-foot (55m) Feadship superyacht CYNTHIA, the 131-foot (39m) Sunseeker luxury yacht TAKE 5, the 130-foot (39m) Westport motor yacht W and the 121-foot (36m) Benetti motor yacht NAMASTE, are on display in the show in other locations.
Northrop & Johnson also is thrilled to have a variety of luxury yachts around the show, including the 130-foot (40m) Westport luxury yacht NEXT CHAPTER, which is docked at a stunning private residence along the Intracoastal Waterway. The yacht and home are available for Northrop & Johnson’s clients to visit throughout the show.
The home also was the site of the 2019 Northrop & Johnson Captains’ Cocktail event on Monday, October 28. More than 100 luxury yacht captains joined Northrop & Johnson and partners and sponsors, NetJets, Northern Trust, Zeelander, Chai Rum, EMBARK – Beyond, Compass, Isotropic Networks, RetroWheels USA and The Bahamas tourism board, for an evening of cocktails, canapes, live music and networking before the show kicked off.
DAY 2 – OCTOBER 31, 2019
Every year the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show plays host some of the impressive luxury yachts in the global sales and charter fleets. The biggest and most impressive superyachts in the world are on display for buyers, charterers and onlookers to see. This year, all of the largest yachts in the show can be found in the new Superyacht Village, which has received accolades from all who have visited. The belles of the ball for 2019 include the 312-foot (95m) Lurssen superyacht MADSUMMER, which is making her debut at the show and is exclusively for charter, the 296-foot (90m) Lurssen superyacht PHEONIX 2 for charter, the 272-foot (83m) Amels superyacht HERE COMES THE SUN, which is listed for sale and charter, the 236-foot (72m) Tankoa superyacht SOLO — for sale and charter with Northrop & Johnson — also making her FLIBS debut, and the 224-foot (68m) Nobiskrug superyacht SYCARA V, listed for sale and charter.
These impressive superyachts are standouts among the hundreds of other luxury yachts on the scene at the show.
MADSUMMER is a custom build that was launched in 2019. Her interior styling is by Laura Sessa Romboli and her exterior is by Harrison Eidsgaard. She welcomes up to 20 guests in 10 lavish staterooms and carries up to 30 crew to ensure an exceptional charter experience. Some of her standout features include a 12-meter pool, a vast spa area and a dedicated diving room. She also features a full hanger on her bow for her helicopter.
PHEONIX 2 was built in 2010 and has been maintained and upgraded to the highest standards throughout her life. She features an extraordinary array of amenities including a beauty salon, swimming pool, sauna, spa, Turkish bath, massage room, hammam, full gym, helipad, beach club, swim platform and so much more. She welcomes 12 guests in six staterooms and carries 28 crew.
Making her American debut, HERE COMES THE SUN is one of the most talked-about yachts in the show. This stunner was designed by Tim Heywood Design with an interior by Winch Design. Sixteen guests are comfortably accommodated in 10 guests and 27 crew ensure all guests enjoy impeccable service. HERE COMES THE SUN features a beach club, full gym, at-anchor stabilizers, a piano, a pool and all of the other superyacht amenities guests have come to expect aboard.
SYCARA V was built in 2010 and refitted in 2017. Eight sumptuous staterooms welcome 14 guests aboard and 19 crewmembers promise nothing but silver service. SYCARA V has a range of 7,000 nautical miles; she cruises at 14 knots and can reach a max speed of 17 knots. She, too, is ripe with amenities, such as a Jacuzzi, tender garage, beach club, at-anchor stabilizers and so many more.
DAY THREE — November 1, 2019
Some of the most exciting aspects of the Fort Lauderdale show are the incredible charter yachts on display. Offering guests the ultimate on-water luxury vacation, these veritable floating palaces promise it all from alfresco dinners under the stars to theme nights to resplendent cruising grounds to gourmet meals and five-star accommodations. Northrop & Johnson’s charter brokers are busy inspecting the charter yachts in FLIBS this year and were kind enough to share their top favorites.
Charter Broker Trish Finnegan says BROADWATER is a must-charter. This impressive 165-foot (59m) Feadship was built in 2000 and refitted in 2017. Not only is the yacht in impeccable condition, her beyond-five-star crew truly make the charter experience while aboard. BROADWATER welcomes up 12 guests in six lavish staterooms and carries 12 crew. Some of her impressive amenities include a Jacuzzi, a full gym, at-anchor and underway stabilizers and so much more. She is priced from $260,000 per week.
Charter Broker Kevin Damgaard recommends the 160-foot (48m) Christensen superyacht CHASSEUR. Built in 2016, she is the epitome of on-water sophistication. Her incredible exterior styling by the Christensen team blends beautifully with the contemporary interior style of Varo Designs. Twelve guests are accommodated in six lavish staterooms, including a master suite, a VIP and four doubles, that represent the height of luxury. CHASSEUR’s on-deck amenities include an alfresco bar, a Jacuzzi, ample sunbathing spots and plenty of space for socializing or secluded relaxation. CHASSEUR is priced from $224,000 per week.
Another recommendation by Charter Broker Trish Finnegan and Charter Broker Kevin Damgaard is MUCHO MAS. This 145-foot (44m) Crescent is a mainstay on the charter market. Custom built in 2016, her interior and exterior were both designed by Jonathan Quinn Barnett. MUCHOS MAS has five staterooms, including an owner’s suite, three doubles and one twin, to welcome up to 11 guests. Her 10 crew of experienced professionals promise a relaxed luxury experience on board. Guests can enjoy a wide variety of amenities across three teak decks including sunpads, a barbecue, Jacuzzi, beach club and more. She is priced from $210,000 per week.
For charter guests looking for smaller size yacht that packs the luxury punch, Kevin Damgaard recommends the 111-foot (34m) Westport BOXER. She was built in 2010, but her 2017 refit earned her accolades. Eight guests find ultimate relaxation in four staterooms, including a master. She carries five crew. BOXER’s interior can only be described as a classic beauty. She is elegant, comfortable and wonderfully suited for family charters. Boxer is priced from $58,000 per week.
DAY 4 — November 2, 2019
With patrons coming to check out everything marine-related, Saturday of the Fort Lauderdale show is always the busiest on the docks. Some of the most impressive offerings for visitors are the brokerage yachts on display.
According to Northrop & Johnson CEO Kevin Merrigan recommends taking a look at the 182-foot (55.5m) Feadship custom motor yacht CYNTHIA. Her timeless interior styling and impeccable Feadship quality make her a favorite yacht for Mr. Merrigan. CYNTHIA truly is an engineered marvel by De Voogt. Her sophisticated interior was designed by Redman Whiteley. CYNTHIA was built in 2005 but benefitted from a 2018 refit. Boasting impressive strength and top performance, CYNTHIA has a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure. She features a roomy 34-foot (10.4m) beam and has a draft of 11 feet (3.23m). Three decks offer her 10 guests the absolute epitome of luxury. CYNTHIA is priced at $29,500,000. She also is available for charter with Northrop & Johnson.
Another exceptional offering at the show this year and a favorite of Yacht Broker Kevin Kramer is the 180-foot (55m) superyacht VIDA, launched by Heesen in 2019. This recently launched semi-custom motor yacht features exterior styling by Omega Architects and interior design by Francesco Paszkowski. VIDA is a sleek, slick yacht with all of the amenities you’d expect on a newly built luxury yacht, including a beach club, gym, stabilization system, a swimming platform and more. VIDA has a max speed of 16 knots; she cruises at 13 and has a range of 4,500 nautical miles. Six exceptional staterooms welcome up to 12 guests. She carries up to 13 crew; her price is TBA.
Undoubtedly one of the best deals in the show is the 154-foot (46.9m) custom motor yacht RHINO. Built in 1998 by Admiral Marine Works, she has been maintained to the highest possible standards throughout her life. A 2017 refit ensured RHINO’s exceptional condition. Her interior and exterior are both the product of Donald Starkey. Three spacious decks welcome up to 10 guests in five lavish suites. RHINO is as fast as she is beautiful; reaching a max speed of 18 knots and cruising at 14 knots. She is priced to sell at $10,900,000.
Those looking to explore the world via superyacht should look no further than SILVER CLOUD, according to CEO Kevin Merrigan. This custom 135-foot (41m) multi-hull motor yacht by Abeking & Rasmussen is ideal for those who can to cruise further afield. Offering the height of luxury as well as to performance, she was built in 2008 and refitted in 2017. At-anchor stabilizers that can be utilized at zero speed ensure total comfort in any conditions. SILVER CLOUD was built to MCA and Germanischer Lloyd AG, SOLAS standards. Twelve guests are comfortably accommodated in five staterooms, including a lavish owner’s suite. The yacht carries eight crew and features a variety of luxurious amenities including a helipad, Jacuzzi, full gym and more.
Those looking for the perfect Bahamas boat will fall in love with CHASING DAYLIGHT. This 130-foot (39.6m) Westport was built in 2005 and last refitted in 2019, ensuring her exemplary condition. She boasts an impressive charter platform — she’s currently listed for charter with Northrop & Johnson — and has many years of well-documented charter success as well as a solid following in The Bahamas. CHASING DAYLIGHT welcomes 10 guests in five beautiful staterooms and carries seven crewmembers. She is quick, featuring a 26-knot max speed and cruises at 23 knots. She is priced at $8,900,000.
DAY 5 — November 3, 2019
Clients, visitors, industry professionals and yacht captains and crew experienced hottest Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on record. The only respite for spiking temperatures and sunny days came on Sunday, November 3, the last day of the show, which brought welcome breezes and not so welcome rainstorms. The Northrop & Johnson lounge was bustling as clients came for end-of-show meetings and goodbyes.
All-in-all, the show was extremely successful for Northrop & Johnson, despite the heat. All 11 yachts in the show for sale and seven yachts for charter were extremely well received, including the impressive Tankoa superyacht SOLO, which hosted Fox News and Fox Business aboard for live shots during the show. Northrop & Johnson’s sales and charter brokers all voiced positive comments about the show, maintaining that it was very busy with a multitude of clients on the docks and quite a bit of interest garnered for our yachts on display. The Northrop & Johnson lounge was the perfect place to beat the heat throughout the show and run from the rain on Sunday. As the clocked ticked down to 6 pm on Sunday, Northrop & Johnson welcomed the amazing captains and crew from our yachts on display to our stand for a celebratory pizza party. Together everyone toasted a successful show with a slice as the horns blew signaling the end of another Fort Lauderdale show.
If you attended the show and found the perfect yacht for sale or for charter or are interested in any of the yachts profiled throughout this story or any other yacht on the market, please feel free to reach out to our sales or charter team. If you have any general questions about the yacht show, please feel free to contact our marketing team. We hope your 2019 FLIBS was successful and we hope to see you on the docks in 2020.