VIP Boat Show

3 Exciting Moments from the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Victoria Barnett

By Victoria Barnett

December 23, 2015

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It’s been a little over a month since the spectacular Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and I can’t help but reminisce. So many incredible things happened during the Boat Show, but I want to share with you three specific moments that I enjoyed the most!

My Yacht Ride with MTU

MTU-105684-edited.jpgI had the opportunity to go out on a Viking 66 Yacht and experience the MTU 12V 2000 M96L engine and new Joystick Control System. There’s nothing like going out on the water and experiencing the sea breeze and salty air. The yacht was absolutely beautiful, but it was the ride itself that made the trip so enjoyable.

I think that there are some misconceptions about what you may experience aboard a yacht, at least when it comes to engines. Engines don’t have to be loud and they don’t have to (and shouldn’t) produce a big black cloud of smoke when you’re accelerating. I was able to witness this firsthand, and to say I was impressed would be an understatement.

I could barely even hear the engines – which appears to be a common occurrence as others have remarked on the quietness of MTU engines. We also did a few tests to check the cleanliness of the engine and, as expected, there was not a single puff of black smoke. Plus, we can’t forget how the Joystick System made it easy to maneuver the boat and manage the propulsion and thruster systems.  

Oh, and I dare you to go aboard a yacht and see what it is like when the Seakeeper is on and when it isn’t! This gyro stabilizer technology makes ALL the difference; you go from rocking back and forth almost falling over to being completely stable.

It was quite the morning, and I still am so thankful for the chance to be a part of this demo ride.

Boat Debuts

There were so many phenomenal boat debuts at this year’s show. My co-worker Tiffany was able to attend a few of the media-related boat debut events, and I was able to see some of the yachts just by walking around the show.

I spent a good amount of time at Hatteras Yachts speaking with President/CEO John Ward and looking at the Hatteras display. My personal favorite was the Hatterascal GT70, in part because of its name but also because it really is an incredible yacht. I was also able to see the Jarrett Bay 64’ “Builder’s Choice,” which made its debut at the show as well.

Boat debuts are everything in the marine industry; in other words, they’re a big deal. Many boat manufacturers wait to debut their boats at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – and for good reason! With it being the largest in-water boat show in the world, it makes sense why boat builders would save their yacht debuts for this event. There’s so much hype around these debuts, and to be a part of the experience is simply magical.887439_1055058161194086_696279185298481681_o.jpg

The Windward Club

The Windward Club (available to VIP Boat Show Experiences guests) was a new addition to this year’s show, and it was nice being able to retreat from the heat and relax for a while. In general, the debut of the Windward Club was an exciting moment for the Boat Show as a whole because there was really nothing like this before.

After walking around the show all day in the scorching heat, I had never been so thankful for air conditioning. Thankfully, the venue provided that and plenty of drinks to cool down with. The food was especially noteworthy – much better than the things you’d find walking the docks. Needless to say, I had plenty to eat! Read more about the Windward Club.

I had such a great time hanging out in the lounge and meeting celebrities such as Nichole Galicia, Christiane Seidel, Lina Axmacher, and Ken Cage. Even “Below Deck” star Captain Lee spent some time in the Windward Club. You never know who you might see around the show!

What’s so great is how the VIP Boat Show Experiences program will grow over the next several years. 2015 was just the start of this addition to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and there’s so much more excitement to come.  

Looking Ahead

12186475_1055039467862622_5194935154819944489_o.jpgAll in all, there were so many exciting moments at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and I am so glad I could be a part of it all. I’m already ready for next year!

For those of you attending in the future, I highly recommend checking out the VIP Boat Show Experiences packages for the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

We will be expanding our offerings to include so much more at next year’s show, including hotel and transportation. Although the packages have yet to be released, you can be one of the first to know about them by signing up for our quick call back list.


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