The 2022 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, known as FLIBS to many, opens October 26th and runs until October 20th. Hundreds of boats will be on display, each with their own merits. For you, the boat buyer, determining which boats to look at can be daunting. For that reason the editors at BOATING created this list of “ must-see” boats. Included here are boats we deem as important or innovative or increasingly popular with buyers (hence the inclusion of so many Hybrid Bay Boats in this list).
Purchase tickets and learn more about FLIBS: flibs.com
Use this list to help plan your visit to the 2022 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. And don’t miss our must-see electronics and must-see engines lists, too!
This is an autonomous boat—yes, “self-driving!” It is a project of Avikus, which is a start-up of giant industrial company Hyundai. You can learn more about this boat at our sibling brand, Best Marine Electronics and Technology. See it at Bahia Mar Navy Zone 627.
Aquasport Electric by Limestone
Limestone Boats Aquasport 2100CC powered by an electric propulsion package will be on display at FLIBS. It is equipped with Vision Marine Technologies 180 horsepower E-Motion electric outboard system. It is said to top out at 40-mph and run for two hours at 22-mph. See it at Broward County Convention Center Booth 2017A ( Vision Marine Technologies)
Sea Ray SLX 260 Outboard (Plus new surf model display!)
Sea Ray Boats SLX 260 Outboard represents luxury and performance with exciting Mercury Marine Mercruiser power. Also learn about the new SLX 260 Surf Boat with Bravo Four S forward-facing drive, delivering SLX DNA with wakesports action. See it at Bahia Mar Red Zone Dock SRDU15
Performance defines the 385SS but not at the expense of luxury and comfort. Above deck, you’ll find a wide-open layout with a large cockpit and bow seating area as well as masterfully laid out helm station. Below deck, you’ll find a luxuriously-appointed cabin, making overnight entertaining and relaxation so much more than mere doable. See it at Broward County Convention Center Booth 2077
The Wellcraft 355’s delivers design, comfort, and most importantly, speed and seaworthiness. Intended to push the limits – out past the horizon where the water is deep and adventure begins – Wellcraft rich heritage of offshore experience pushes into this new market with American flare and shameless enthusiasm. See it at Broward County Convention Center Booth 2046
SOLACE 30 Hybrid
The SOLACE 30HCS offers a platform that will provide access to shallower water inshore or great wreck fishing spots offshore. With twin engines up drafting only 19″ and down 28″, you still get the efficiencies and speed of the twin-stepped hull. See it at Bahia Mar Green Zone Dock C.
Boston Whaler 280 Dauntless
See this latest multi-function bay boat center console by Boston Whaler. Styled in high form and fitted out for a variety of waterborne activities, this unsinkable new boat, along with the also new and unsinkable 360 Outrage center console, can be seen at the Bahia Mar Green Zone C-Dock 300-314.
Offering the best of what a dayboat can offer combined with the cruiseability provided by a cabin complete with two staterooms, this distinctively styled new boat is a must-see! Don’t miss the twin terraces that fold out from the cockpit. Available with inboard or outboard power. See it at Bahia Mar Red Zone H-Dock
Scout 281 XSS
Scout Boats new 281 XSS evinces all the qualities angling boat buyers are seeking in a hybrid bay boat. Its combination of draft, power and features affords excellent fish-catching opportunity, crafted with the care and precision for which Scout Boats are renown. See it at Bahia Mar Green Zone C/D 45
Blackfin 302 DC
This boat features Michael Peters two step hull design which boosts performance and creates a smooth, dry ride. Blackfin’s 302DC also comes standard with everything you need for serious fishing, while boosting an incredible crossover design making it the perfect vessel for enjoying your time on the water with friends and family as well. See it at Broward County Convention Center 2075
Tiara Yachts 43 LE
The Tiara Yachts 43 LE emphasizes sport styling and luxurious amenities as well as dedicated social zones and thrilling performance. While the bow provides relaxation via a chaise lounge, the aft social zone shows off a rotating lounge with multiple locking positions and a built-in footrest. A fold-down terrace expands the cockpit and improves your access to the water. See it at Bahia Mar Green Zone TIDU15
Making the first public showing ever, Phenom Yachts, headed by some luminary boatbuilders, will launch two new models at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. We can’t tell you what they are, but we can say that these new boats should be on the must-see list of all true fans of top-quality boats. Be among the first to see them at the Broward County Convention Center Booth 2065
Chaparral 23 SSI OB
The 23’6” Chaparral 23 SSI OB delivers a combination of style and ruggedness that’s tough to beat. Stainless steel hardware and a cockpit drainage system combine with sleek lines and an elegant interior with flexible, functional seating. Also available with sterndrive power. See it at Broward County Convention Center Booth 2072
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