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Top Five Boat Shows Around the Globe

Top Five Boat Shows Around the Globe
Palm Beach Boat Show

Mark your calendars — boat show season has arrived, and we are bringing you the latest scoop on the top anticipated shows from around the world. From the French Riviera to the East Coast of Florida, these exclusive yachting events provide the perfect opportunity to view and tour a medley of boats and yachts for sale, learn about the latest innovations and technology in the marine industry, and enjoy special incentives pricing from leading marine manufacturers and dealers. Every year, thousands of shoppers find their ideal boat by attending one of the hundreds of boat shows across the globe, and this could be your year. Experience the thrill at the five most significant and best boat shows to attend this season.

1. Cannes Yachting Festival
2. Monaco Yacht Show
3. Fort Lauderdale Int’l Boat Show
4. Miami Int’l Boat Show
5. Palm Beach Int’l Boat Show

#1 Cannes Yachting Festival – September

Cannes Yachting Festival

Located in the heart of the French Riviera at the Vieux Port and Port Canto is the most eclectic show in the world — the Cannes Yachting Festival. This six-day event showcases a wide selection of yachts and boats for sale, including motor yachts, sailing boats, monohulls, multihulls, toys, superyachts, and much more. Since 1977, the affair has been the official opening to the yachting season, showcasing over 50k people in attendance and a popular occasion for many world premieres, including the Prestige X60 and M48 Catamaran by Prestige in 2022. Galati Sales Professionals, Anthony Gathercole and Jason Lozeau were in attendance last year and highly recommend visiting. The show has many similar attributes to the famous Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and is the most popular in all of Europe, along with the Monaco show. The 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival kicks off September 12-17.

#2 Monaco Yacht Show – September

Monaco Yacht Show

Superyacht enthusiasts, this show is for you! Since 1991, the Monaco Yacht Show has become an iconic affair for yacht lovers looking to discover and explore a variety of luxurious superyachts and megayachts available for sale or charter and to meet leading industry experts. The boat show diverges into two exhibition areas: the Afloat site features over 100 superyachts and luxury tenders, while on the Quayside, you can find designers and naval architects, yacht suppliers, and service providers or manufacturers of tenders and nautical contraptions. Among the 100+ superyachts and mega yachts in attendance every year, 40 or more are new models or world premieres. Indulge in luxury; visit the Monaco Yacht Show together with some of our certified yacht brokers, September 27-30.

#3 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – October


Across the Atlantic, the most eminent boat show on the seven seas takes place in the yachting capital of the world — the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, or FLIBS for short. Every October, FLIBS draws in over 100,000 attendees with 1300+ boats on display and 1000 exhibiting brands. One ticket allows access to seven locations that span over 90 acres, including the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Las Olas Marina, Hall of Fame Marina, Superyacht Village at Pier 66 South, Broward County Convention Center, and Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. FLIBS has the largest in-water display of boats and marine exhibits and highlights more world and US debuts than any other boat show worldwide.

Team Galati will be in attendance October 25-29, 2023, with a full line-up of new and pre-owned yachts for sale. Keep in mind that our certified yacht brokers can show you any brokerage boat in the show, so if you need assistance, set up an appointment, and we would be happy to assist. If you are visiting from out of town, view our Ft. Lauderdale visitor guide for activities, attractions, restaurants, and more near the show.

#4 Miami International Boat Show – February

Miami Boat Show

Every February, South Florida hosts the largest yachting event of the season — the Miami International Boat Show (MIBS) by Discover Boating. Since combining forces with the Miami Yacht Show, the event spans six locations, attracting hundreds of thousands of people globally. Show sites include the Miami Beach Convention Center, Pride Park, One Herald Plaza, Sea Isle Marina, Museum Park Marina, and Island Garden.

From outboard boats to luxurious superyachts and the debut of the 90 Viking this year, MIBS has it all! Plan your weekend stay with our Miami visitor guide and rely on our expertise to navigate the show. Our team of sales professionals will be able to show you any brokerage boat at the event, including our line-up of new and pre-owned boats and yachts for sale. Set up an appointment.

#5 Palm Beach International Boat Show – March

Palm Beach Boat Show

Are you a fan of the Miami and Fort Lauderdale shows but would rather be in a more relaxed setting? If so, the Palm Beach Boat Show is the event for you. Becoming increasingly popular over the years, the Palm Beach International Boat Show offers the same quality and experience as the larger shows but without the crowds. This coming show is celebrating 40 years and will showcase over $1.2 billion worth of yachts, boats, accessories, and more. This family-friendly event is hosted annually in March in West Palm Beach along Flagler Drive Downtown. Bring the whole family for an enjoyable weekend scouring boats from 30 feet to 300 feet in length, enjoying live music and refreshments at the show’s famous floating cocktail lounge, participating in educational activities, relishing the beautiful Florida weather, and so much more.

Set an appointment, and we will set you up with one of our knowledgeable yacht brokers for the ultimate VIP experience. You can count on us to help you find the boat of your dreams. Also, if you are visiting from out of the area, check out our West Palm Beach visitor guide with helpful tips on restaurants nearby, activities, and places to stay.

Other Noteworthy Boat Shows


Southampton International Boat Show – September

The Southampton International Boat Show is Britain’s biggest festival of boating that kicks off every year in September. The event showcases everything aquatic, from paddleboards and kayaks to catamarans and superyachts. Plus, many marine products and services needed for time spent on or near the water. Last year, some of our sales professionals were in attendance for the world premiere of the Princess F65, which was a site to see. Catch the show this year, September 15-24, 2023, at Mayflower Park.

Genoa International Boat Show – September

The Genoa International Boat Show is Italy’s premiere boating event, featuring Italian boat builders and suppliers. Italy is home to some of the world’s best-known yacht brands including Sanlorenzo, Azimut, Benetti, and the Ferretti Group. Last year, the show had nearly 1,000 boats on display, on land and in water, and record crowds. This year, show organizers plan to add more slips! Visitors will find that the event is divided into multiple segments, making it easy to find what you need. Area segments include tech trade, sailing, outboards, yachts and superyachts, and living the sea. Catch the 63rd annual boat show from September 21-26, 2023.

About Galati Yacht Sales

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