From October 26 to 30, the 63rd-annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) takes over seven locations across the city of the same name. A wide variety of exhibits and events, from fishing clinics to watertoys and of course megayachts, are reasons to attend. Additionally, while the new yachts to see are exciting, it’s definitely worth visiting fantastic brokerage yachts at FLIBS, too. In fact, these four stand out due to striking designs, globetrotting adventure, and powerful performance.
Aussie Rules, by Viking Yachts
The Viking 92 is the largest sportfishing series in the New Jersey builder’s history, and a tournament contender. She’s further among the largest semi-custom fishing superyachts in the world. That alone makes Aussie Rules remarkable among the brokerage yachts at FLIBS. Aussie Rules is also an enclosed-bridge design, with a combination of big-game and big-comfort amenities. Her cockpit is 238 square feet (22.1 square meters), for instance, and the 10 guests who can stay onboard can watch the action from the mezzanine. Pre- and post-fishing, a big breakfast bar keeps everyone refreshed. A 36-knot top speed and 30-knot cruising speed under MTU power make angling adventures and family trips fun. Aussie Rules is available for visits through Burgess Yachts.
Blue Ice, by Baglietto
Although Blue Ice premiered in 1999, she underwent a major refit in 2016. Black paint, gained during that refit, emphasizes the super-sleek lines of the 135-footer (41.15-meter). Her lines speak to Baglietto’s family feel of that era. They’re aggressively sporty. Ten people in the owners’ party can thrill to speeds of 28 knots, amid a grey and white interior décor. Interior highlights include a full-beam master with a study and a circular dining area. Blue Ice visits at FLIBS are via FGI Yacht Group.
DB9, by Palmer Johnson
The first Palmer Johnson 170 Sport Yacht, DB9 (top) measures 172 feet (52.36 meters). She’s additionally the only one with a sundeck. Unmistakable on the horizon, DB9 bears sweeping curves from the drawing boards of Nuvolari-Lenard. Also making her unmistakable, she has a champagne-colored hull and superstructure, with a bold red bootstripe. An open sundeck cinema, a foredeck pool, and metal accents combining with glossy woods inside are major highlights. Worth Avenue Yachts has her in its showcase.
Dorothea III, by Cheoy Lee
Although other brokerage yachts at FLIBS profess to be explorers, Dorothea III (above) is unquestionably one. She’s logged upwards of 140,000 nautical miles and visited the shores of more than 75 countries. Part of this occurred during a 20-month circumnavigation, too, which ended in 2020. During the trip, the owner had her accompanied by her sportfishing “tender,” Post One. The 148-foot (44.8-meter) Dorothea III bears naval architecture by Ron Holland, and underwent a detailed refit in just six months last year under her captain’s management. Merle Wood & Associates is exhibiting her at the show.