Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, 2023 edition.
Within a few days, the 2023 edition of the world’s largest Boat Show will get underway. From October 25 to 29, boaters from all over the world will be meeting at this Boat Show, and we’ll be there.
Is it worth it? The short answer is YES.
It’s highly likely that we’ll see some of the most important stands, such as Azimut, Le FerrettiGroup (including Pershing and Riva), Princess, Sunseeker, Riviera, Sunreef, Prestige, Absolute, Beneteau, to name but a few, as well as several new 2023 and 2024 yachts, and even yachts already owned by customers. But the important thing is to see the latest innovations, the latest models.
The stands are magnificent and inviting. There are an impressive number of manufacturers (American, European, Chinese, Australian), but are they good manufacturers with a good reputation, and what about their after-sales warranty?
Make sure you have answers. A start can be made by an experienced, professional broker with recognized ethics.
At present, market trends are hard to predict. New-build inventories are and will be at their lowest for the year 2024.
So, while the new market is likely to be difficult, the pre-owned market is likely to have an excellent year. To see a vast choice of boats for sale, go to www.propriobateau.ca and for yachts over $1.5 million, go to www.itayachtscanada.com.
The reason for this is simple: many sellers and few buyers.
This explains why the manufacturers have taken their foot off the gas when it comes to marketing new hulls, in other words, new models for 2024.
But a boat show is a good opportunity to compare models, to get a good idea of what’s on offer, and to limit the notorious “coup de foudre” at dealers who can only present a few new models.
Sometimes, due to a lack of availability to see different models during visits to local manufacturers, boaters are too quick to make a choice, only to regret it after a few months of use.
It’s important to keep your criteria and needs in mind at all times, and to pay close attention to the technical specifications, which are all too often overlooked, not forgetting the after-sales warranty. A manufacturer’s or dealer’s warranty?
Changing boat after 12 or 24 months is always a costly operation, especially if you bought at the height of the COVID and now want to sell when the market is currently low.
Boat appraisals are not common, but fortunately there are independent brokers who can advise you according to your criteria and needs. Regardless of the manufacturer, they can advise you well. The brokers at Ita Yachts Canada and ProprioBateau are at your disposal.
The pool of boats for sale is huge, and you need to make the right choices. Prices south of the border are excellent, even with the unfavorable exchange rate. Just do the math.
For those who dismantle boats in salt water, you have to make your own choices. Thorough inspections by competent professionals can give you a true picture of the boat you’re looking at. The impact of cold salt water is different from that of warm salt water. Oxidation is difficult to camouflage, and any attempt to do so makes any make-up even more visible.
You need to be well advised, use real professionals for inspections, and don’t hesitate to carry out laboratory tests (oils and liquids) to get the most accurate picture possible of the state of the systems.
Whether the boat you think is perfect is worth $300,000 or $3 million, it’s the various inspections that are decisive, whether it’s new or used. Always avoid: I should have….
If you’re ready to buy a boat that sails in the Quebec City area, why not one that sails in Boston or New York, for example?
Of course, if you’re going to buy a wreck, you’d better buy one in fresh water.
In short, yes, a Boat Show is a good time to validate certain choices, and above all, don’t forget the following motto: Reflection precedes action.
We also offer charter search and selection services if you’d like to do a test run, go boating, or even rent a boat for 2 or 3 weeks, anywhere in the world, with no worries afterwards.
Anything is possible for us, we’ve been offering all services and support for over 20 years. Contact us and we’ll find the right boat or scenario for you. Don’t forget that our services are free for you when you’re in buying mode.
We’ve also written several articles on boating, new products, onboard systems, tips, advice, yacht classification, the Montreal/Florida trip, The Great Loop, stabilization with a Gyroscope and many other subjects, in fact over 300 articles…here’s the link, click here.
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