The world’s biggest in-water yacht show drew to a close over the weekend (November 5), but what did it tell us about the state of the market? We caught up with some of the brokerage industry’s leading figures to get their take on the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2017.
“This year, as I’m sure many will agree, we have found it to be a very busy show with serious prospects looking to purchase and or upgrade into bigger yachts,” remarks Mike Busacca, COO of Fraser USA. “It was certainly busier than recent years in terms of the quality and seriousness of the potential buyers.”
For this reason, Busacca called for a separate superyacht section to help separate the serious buyers from the crowds, and reported that the key clientele at this year’s show was predominantly made up of Americans looking for 45 to 55 metre yachts.
“This year’s winter charter season may have a slight set back after the hurricanes, but many in the Caribbean are of the mind set to rebuild quickly,” he adds. “Fraser will continue to educate our clients to charter in the parts of the Caribbean that have not been affected, until all is back in order in the region’s most hit by the hurricanes.”