Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2022: Must-See Boats List

Our short list of innovative, trending boats at FLIBS 2022.

Updated:

October 24, 2022
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show boasts over 1300 boats on display for 2022. Courtesy Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

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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!

Avikus Neuboat
Avikus Neuboat Courtesy Avikus

Avikus Neuboat

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.

Seventeen Fifty-Two 2.1 Center Console EV
Seventeen Fifty-Two 2.1 Center Console EV Courtesy Limestone Boat Company

Seventeen Fifty-Two 2.1 Center Console EV

Seventeen Fifty-Two 2.1 Center Console EV 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
Sea Ray SLX 260 Outboard Courtesy Sea Ray

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

Monterey 385SS
Monterey 385SS Courtesy Monterey Boats

Monterey 385SS

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

Wellcraft 355
Wellcraft 355 Courtesy Wellcraft

Wellcraft 355

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
SOLACE 30 Hybrid Courtesy SOLACE Boats

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
Boston Whaler 280 Dauntless Courtesy Boston Whaler

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.

Jeanneau DB/43
Jeanneau DB/43 Courtesy Jeanneau

Jeanneau DB/43

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 281 XSS Courtesy Scout Boats

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
Blackfin 302 DC Courtesy Blackfin Boats

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
Tiara Yachts 43 LE Courtesy Tiara Yachts

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

Phenom Yachts
Phenom Yachts Courtesy Phenom Yachts

Phenom Yachts

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
Chaparral 23 SSI OB Courtesy Chaparral Boats

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

Yamaha 275 SDX
Yamaha 275 SDX Courtesy Yamaha

Yamaha 275 SDX

Featuring new Drive X, which allows you to move your boat forward, aft, sideways and even hold it against the dock, this boat is a must see. Powered by twin 1812 cc Yamaha Marine engines and waterjets, and sporting a. convertible aft seating and “floating” digital touchscreen helm, see this benchmark boat at Broward County Convention Center Booth 2083.

Cruisers Yachts 50 GLS
Cruisers Yachts 50 GLS Courtesy Cruisers Yachts

Cruisers Yachts 50 GLS

The largest in the GLS series of sport luxury bowriders, the 50 GLS features relaxing bow seating, dinette seating accompanying an ample exterior galley, and a cockpit complete with dual beach doors. The accommodations level features a forward queen size berth, a mid-berth sleeping area, and a head with a separate shower. See it at the Bahia Mar Red Zone GH3.

Bayliner Trophy T24C
Bayliner Trophy T24C Courtesy Bayliner

Bayliner Trophy T24C

The newest Trophy model offers increased fuel capacity, rugged fishability, increased storage and amplified cruising comfort adding up to incredible value. Built on a deep V-hull, the T24CC accommodates up to 12, making this the perfect family fishing boat for inshore and coastal angling as well as entertaining. See it at Broward County Convention Center Booth 2061.

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