If you missed the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, let the boat show come to you. On December 23, the NBC Sports Network is airing a one-hour special about the major sights and sounds. What’s more, the Fort Lauderdale boat show TV special will be available on demand.
Film crews were on site at the show a few weeks ago to capture both behind-the-scenes footage as well as show-goers’ experiences. Among the highlights the program reveals: the best yacht chef competition. A first-ever battle, it featured some of the top superyacht chefs, along with celebrity judges. The NBC Fort Lauderdale boat show TV special includes yet another first, the “Best of Show” trophy. Seven megayachts vied for the win. Spoiler alert: The Mangusta Oceano 42 Namaste, which was making her North American premiere, was victorious. Among the reasons why: her foredeck pool, as well as her overall design and engineering.
While she didn’t get a trophy, the Ocean Alexander 90r is further included in the Fort Lauderdale boat show TV special. The film crew included her because she was among the yachts making their debuts.
The program isn’t a one-time deal, either. In fact, show organizers signed a three-year deal with NBC. “The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is an annual event that has an economic impact larger than any Super Bowl,” Phil Purcell, CEO/president of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, which owns the show, explains. “Sales of everything from paddleboards to megayachts contribute to more than $500 million—or $100 million a day—in direct sales, and our partnership with NBC Sports gives us an opportunity to showcase the show’s overall $857-million statewide impact to a national television audience for the first time.”