Crew Blog

Oct 15 2020

FLIBS & ACYM - Boat Shows 2020

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The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,

FLIBS as it is affectionately known.

And It's Back Again!

Ron DeSantis the Governor of Florida

issued an emergency order that essentially lifted all COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants and other businesses across the state.

The Show Must Go On!

And so It's the 61st showing of the largest in-water boat show in the world.

It's the industry’s latest and greatest yachts, toys, tenders, and everything in between,

from October 28 – November 1

5 days of showing off yachts of all sizes and everything that goes into them. Along with all the other vendors that supply the Marine and Yachting Industry.

To give you an idea of the size of this event, it covers the size of 68.3 American football fields. 6 miles or 9.65 kilometers of Floating docks to access the yachts.. Absolutely Incredible.

That's a lot of ground and water covered. 

The show is so huge that it generally brings in approximately 800 Million dollars into the economy. Hotels, Taxi's, Restaurants, Flights, etc. But with the pandemic still active. Broward County, Fort Lauderdale has lifted/eased some restrictions, that number could very well be less.

However, considering there was No Monaco Boat show in Europe this year it is conceivable that FLIBS could very well be busier than expected.

Who knows? it is like crystal ball gazing really. Someone can tell you one thing and someone tells you another. We will just have to wait and see.

If you have the opportunity and are considering going, there are a few things you should know.

We have linked a quick video for you at the bottom of the email. "Know before your Go" this will give you an idea of how this year is going to be handled. Check it out! FLIBS Know Before You Go Info


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If you can't make it this time, perhaps next time.

Here's the link directing you to purchase tickets, if you are going. Boat Show Tickets

Also the COVID-19 precautionary information.Flibs COVID-19 Precautionary Info

COVID - 19 

I don't know about you but, if you are anything like us, we are OVER this nonsense and hearing about it.

It so dominates our news feeds left-right and center. 
Of course, we need to be informed as the goalposts keep moving - all the time. So we get it. But gee whiz, "stop the Bus, I wanna get off".

Restrictions on socializing, travel in and out of countries, getting to a vessel are a little tough, but not impossible.

It's now the new norm, so let's just get on with it and move forward the best we can.
As you know the world STOPPED there for a bit, and It has been a couple of slowish months due to the lockdown of countries, and no movement on hiring. Some firings of entire crews have been reported and of course, all because of the pandemic.

However, we are HAPPY to report that we are seeing signs that the industry is starting to fight back from COVID 19.

More Activity

And there is absolutely more activity in available positions. You probably have seen this on the social media groups.
So in the next couple of months, it could well get busier.

Some of the positions we have had in the last week or so:
Sous Chef
Head Chef
Deckhands for 45m 65m & 90m respectably
Stews 2 x 2 stews both very busy boats
Head of Housekeeping 90m
Chief Stew 100m

Chief Stew 50m

Engineer 45m

Chef 35m

So as you can see the industry is still moving ahead.

I also heard from a Charter Captain friend in Tahiti, French Polynesia, that they have had back to back charters for weeks now. So things are looking up even for the most remote of charters.


Now, at the end of November beginning of December, It's the Antigua Charter Yacht Show. If you didn't already know.

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Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting December 2020

59th meeting 4th - 9th of December, 2020.

59th Annual Antigua Charter Yacht Show taking place December 4-9, 2020. This year's show will take place at Nelson's Dockyard Marina, UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Falmouth Harbour Marina, and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina. 

It is always a great time in Antigua. 

It's a little quiet at the moment with registrations for the yachts to attend. But I am sure there will be quite a few.

The Christmas - New Years' charters usually begin around the 21st December 2020 through to Jan 5th - 10th 2021. So if you are still looking for a position, be aware there could be a little bit of movement due to personnel not working out, for whatever reason.

To learn more about the ACYM, click Antigua Yacht Show