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Fort Lauderdale show will have international flavor

Kismet, a 312-foot Lürrsen yacht, will be the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show’s largest ever featured boat when it starts Thursday.

The 56th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show starts Thursday, drawing a larger and more international mix of exhibitors than ever — and it will feature the largest boat that has ever been displayed at the five-day event.

The show comprises seven venues, and this year’s production will feature $4 billion in products, including 1,500 boats. The vast array of boats and gear is spread over 3 million square feet.

The 312-foot Lürssen yacht Kismet, the largest ever presented at FLIBS, is represented by Moran Yacht and Ship, Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, president of Show Management, which produces the show, told Trade Only Today. The Marine Industries Association of South Florida owns the show.

Active Interest Media owns Show Management and Trade Only.

“We probably have more superyachts on the face dock than ever, without question,” said Andrew Doole, senior vice president and COO of Show Management. “I think the shipyards, from small to those building superyachts, everybody’s looking toward North America as the most stable, hottest market, without question.”

Also on display will be Rock.It, a 198-foot Feadship, the second-biggest boat at the show.

This year’s show, which includes all-new branding, a new user-friendly website, new VIP packages and several additional events and attractions, is drawing international builders in droves.

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