FLIBS 2020 Will Resume, With Modifications

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), a decades-old event that supports the city’s multibillion-dollar marine industry, got the green light from Broward County commissioners this week. Despite COVID-19, the Commissioner stated, “I believe the show is needed now more than ever. It is extremely vital.” The region’s marine industry, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida says, generates 111,000 …

IGFA 2020 Tommy Gifford Award

On October 29, 2020, the IGFA will bestow the prestigious Tommy Gifford Award upon five recipients in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the advancement of sport fishing through innovation, outstanding catches or noteworthy examples of leadership in their trade. The Tommy Gifford Award is named for one of the greatest saltwater charter skippers of all time and recipients are selected through …

Production Update: 46’ Release Boatworks “Showtime”

If you’ve been following along on Instagram or Facebook, you know that there’s a highly anticipated boat that will be splashing very soon- 46’ Release Boatworks “Showtime”. As of today, the engineering is complete, the hull is freshly painted, the tower is beautifully welded and ready at Palm Beach Towers, and the teak helm pod, cabinetry, and trim are well …

IGFA World Record Requirements: Know Before You Go

As you may know, Release Boatworks is the founding member of the Boat Builders For Billfish Coalition which supports the International Gamefish Association (IGFA). In the sportfishing industry, it is an elite honor to have an IGFA World Record in the books, but it is definitely not easy. Not only is finding a world record fish a lifetime goal that takes …

Boat Builders For Billfish Coalition

In 2019, Release Boatworks partnered with The International Gamefish Association (IGFA) as the founding member of the Boat Builders For Billfish Coalition. The Boat Builders for Billfish Coalition is an industry-led alliance to generate support for the IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR), the world’s most extensive billfish satellite tagging program.   The IGFA established the Boat Builders for Billfish Coalition to create a …

FLIBS Breaks Billion Dollar Mark

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida, owners of Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and Informa Markets U.S. Boat Shows, producers of the show, released an impressive report this past week. In 2019, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, also known as FLIBS, generated $1.3 billion in economic output throughout the state of Florida. This surpasses the $857 million reported from …

New Jersey & Florida Fishing Charters Re-Open

In an executive order last week, Gov. Phil Murphy cleared fishing charters in New Jersey to resume while operating under strict guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including limiting vessel capacity to 10 people and requiring crew and passengers to wear masks. Social distancing, sanitation of heads after each use, and other requirements are in effect, including the …