Marine News from the Great Lakes


Published: Friday, January 9, 2015



CLEVELAND, OHIO—The 56th annual Progressive Mid-America Boat Show, Ohio’s largest winter boating event, will dock in Cleveland’s I-X Center January 15–19, repeating its highly successful 5-day format for the third consecutive year.

“This year’s show will cover nearly 20 percent more exhibit space with nearly 400 boats from small inflatables to 45-foot motor yachts, according to Ken Alvey, show manager. “The increased in size reflects the fact that the boating industry is recovering well from the great recession. People are buying boats again, fueled by available low-rate financing, lower fuel costs, and an overall improving economy,” he added.

Another reason the boat show is growing is the introduction of new models this year. Coming out of the recession, boat builders are investing in new designs and models again. In fact, according to Alvey, show visitors to this year’s show will see the most new models since 2008. It why dealers have booked more exhibit space in the show.

But while the boats are going to be the stars , the show will be packed with features and events designed to appeal of everyone on the boating family. It includes special promotions like “Put-In-Bay Pavilion” featuring Lake Erie Islands food and live entertainers that appear at “the Bay” all summer long.

Among the most popular features for the kids will be Capt’ Willie, the Great Lakes Pirate, stage show, and the interactive “Water Rollerz” in which hundreds of kids acted like scrambling hamsters floating in a special pool. Meanwhile, the adults can be attending more than 50 cruising, maintenance, cooking, and safety seminars and fishing programs, the largest program in the show’s history. For fishing fanatics, Fish School will feature a daily line-up of experts on everything from Walleye trolling to bass angling, and the kids can enroll in the “Future Angler Foundation’s Kids Fishing Clinic,” among other featuresFor latest schedules of all boat show feature, visit:                                                                                                                                      clientuploads/news/January2015/ClevelandBS_Thumb.jpg

The 2015 show hours will be: Thursday (1/15) Noon – 9 pm; Friday (1/16) Noon to 10 pm; Saturday (1/17) 10 am – 10 pm; Sunday (1/18) 11 am – 6 pm; and Monday (Martin Luther King

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