Marine News from the Great Lakes

Annual Detroit Boat Show will cruise into Cobo Center February 11-19

Published: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The 2017 Detroit Boat Show will cruise into Cobo Center February 11–19. The show, expanding into a third hall, will cover an impressive 400,000 sq. ft. with everything boating. As boat sales in Michigan continue to rebound, exhibitors vie for the few remaining spaces in the weeks left until the show opens.

“This show is the premier boating event in the state of Michigan with many exciting new model introductions to the Detroit market,” said Show Manager Nicki Polan. “Attendees will be pleased to see even more boats again this year, and we are expecting another strong selling season.”

More than 60,000 consumers are expected to attend to see and buy hundreds of new 2017, 2016, and 2015 model boats for fishing, skiing, wakeboarding and cruising — also paddle boats, kayaks, paddleboards, and inflatables. It is the best place to shop for a boat as it would take weeks to visit as many dealers around the state. Show prices are also extremely competitive and buying a boat in February assures boats will be ready for an early spring launch.

Many dealers say they can attribute up to 50-percent of their annual sales to sales and leads generated at this show. Past surveys have shown more than 1,500 boats, worth an estimated $50 million, traditionally sell during the boat show’s nine-day run, and shortly after to leads generated at the show.

The Detroit Boat Show also offers exhibits selling boating accessories and services including motors, dockage, water toys, skiing and wakeboarding gear, boating and fishing accessories, electronics, boat gear, nautical gifts, artwork, and much more.

Special features also make this event fun for those just looking to get a taste of summer in the middle of Michigan’s winter, including: The History of Boats and Bathing Suits, Jet-ski and Sailing Simulators, photos opps with life-like anamorphic chalk art, the “Super Seminar Series” for boaters including cooking for boating with the hilarious Mac & The Big Cheese, waterwalkerz & rollerz, kid’s craft area, meet a live mermaid, promotions, giveaways, and a free boater safety course.

Admission to the boat show is $13 for adults; children 12 and under are free with an adult.

Special admission days include:

Mon., February 13: Senior Day - seniors 65 and older receive free admission during show hours (3-9 p.m.)

Tues., February 14: Ladies Day – Ladies get in free for Valentine’s Day.

Wed., February 15: A Boat Load of Food – Bring in 5 cans of food for Gleaners Food Bank between 3 & 6 p.m. to get in free

Thurs., February 16: Millennials Night Out – Millennials 30 and under receive free admission show hours (3 – 9p.m.)

Discount tickets and hotel accommodations at the Courtyard by Marriott are available at HOURS: Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sundays: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Monday through Friday: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Parking is available at Cobo Center and surrounding lots. The Detroit Boat Show is owned and produced by the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA), the voice of boating in Michigan. Revenue generated from this event is returned back to fund boater’s interests via MBIA’s programs and services. FOR MORE INFORMATION visit, or call 1.800.932.2628.

The Detroit Boat Show is sponsored by Great Lakes Scuttlebutt, Official Magazine of the Detroit Boat Show and the Courtyard by Marriott.


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