Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show Highlights 2017

Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show

Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show

Each year, a gathering of boats and boat lovers congregate in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to immerse themselves in everything boating.  Fishing, cruising, sailing, yachting; if it floats, its here in every form.

Ready to Go

viking boats

Its hard to imagine how much boating hardware gathers here and they pack them in.  How about this row of sport fishing boats ready to go home with you?

Custom Flare

There are plenty of custom boats to choose from as well.  Absolutely gorgeous works of art as much as they are fully functioning battle wagons for fishing and travel.

Full Power

boat show

Don’t have room for a big boat, but want to feel the push of the same horsepower?  They have you covered at the boat show.

Go Big

yacht show

“Go big or go home” rings true on the mega yacht row at the show.  Big yachts as far as you can see, with all the fixings.

Big Boy Toys

big boy toys

Of course every big yacht needs some big boy toys.  How about a submersible motorized shark mobile?

Mag Bay Yachts

Mag Bay Yachts

Here is one that’s as nice as any yacht when it comes down to fit and finish.  The center console from Mag Bay Yachts can be built to fish hard, cruise or both.  Amazing quality and unique designs set the Mag Bay apart.

Big News

Mag Bay 42

Mag Bay Yachts also took the opportunity to announce the exciting news of their intention to build a Mag Bay 42′ with the same grace and quality of current models and tapping the history of their Cabo Yacht roots.

Refined Power

Suzuki 300

How about the new 42′ Freeman with quad Suzuki 350’s strapped to the back.  Suzuki outboards are quickly becoming a contender in the big outboard market.

Suzuki SeaVee

Sea Vee Boats

The new Suzuki 350’s go equally well on the SeaVee Z, a Florida built fishing machine with all the options.  SeaVee is a premier boat builder in South Florida, but their boats are fished worldwide.

Something Smaller?

Bote Rover

Looking for something a little smaller that doesn’t burn 100 gallons per hour?  Check out the Bote Rover, a personal fishing board/boat for solo missions to the shallows without the paddle.

All Fun, No Work, Big Fish!

Casa Vieja Lodge

If you prefer to let someone else do the work and you just catch all the fish, then the crew from Casa Vieja Lodge in Guatemala has a deal for you.  First class fishing and accommodations are just a phone call away.  Give them a shout.

All The Fixings

Release chairs

Once you’ve picked out the boat of your dreams, the show offers all of the accessories to go with it like these Release chairs, rocket launchers and fine furniture.  Incredible craftsmanship goes into each Release piece.

Simrad Electronics

Simrad Electronics

Capt. Mark Maus and the Simrad crew were testing the latest marine electronics offered by Simrad.  There are many great things in store so keep you eye on this one.

Simrad Velocity Track Feature

Velocity TrackUsing the Doppler effect, VelocityTrack enables the Simrad Halo™ radar to determine whether a target is closing, diverging, or stationary relative to your boat. Closing or approaching targets are automatically highlighted yellow with the option to de-emphasize diverging or retreating targets. Very cool technology!

Cuda Brand Toolscuda tools

Every angler’s boat needs to carry a compliment of fishing tools and Cuda Brand tools fit the bill for durability and design.  The new Cuda Tackle Center is a great way to keep them all secure but handy.

Costa EssentialsCosta sunglasses

Costa sunglasses are an essential part of boating and they were front and center at the boat show in several locations.  Sunglasses, apparel and accessories from Costa are all made with quality by this eco-conscious company.


Seakeeper 3

Now you don’t have to have a big boat in order to have the stabilizing wonders of a Seakeeper unit on board.  Seakeeper is an amazing technology that eliminates the roll of any boat at sea.

Seakeeper 3

Seakeeper console

The new Seakeeper 3 is the first 12-volt unit designed for boats in the 30 to 39-foot range.  The new Seakeeper unit can be placed on the deck in their new leaning post console for easy installation and mind-blowing stability.

Evinrude E-TEC

Evinrude E-Tec

The new Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards have made a splash with totally new technology and customizable color options and a 10-year factory warranty.  Coupled with their new iDock joystick, owning outboards has never been so fun.

BoatUS A Must

BoatUS membership

Once you have you boat rigged out, the smart move is to check out all of resources available from BoatUS.  Everyone is familiar with their great towing memberships, but they also have boat insurance and educational opportunities.

Don’t Forget Your T-Shirt!

Guy Harvey

If you went to the show, you had the rare treat to meet and get a personally signed T-shirt from the man himself; Dr. Guy Harvey.