Marine News from the Great Lakes

Spring Boating Expo Cruises into Novi March 10-13

Published: Friday, March 4, 2016

The Spring Boating Expo brings everything boating to the Suburban Collection Showplace March 10-13 and just in time for spring launch. Exhibitors will line the exhibit halls wall-to-wall with hundreds of boats to see and purchase along with accessories, entertainment and fun!

“The Spring Boating Expo is said to be the ‘time-to-buy boat show’ because it’s one of the last shows of the season and the perfect opportunity to buy a boat and still have it delivered in time for spring launch,” said Spring Boating Expo Manager Nicki Polan. “The boating industry is rebounding. Michigan has outpaced the national average in new boat, motor, trailer and accessories sales for that past five years. We’re expecting lots of boats to sell at this year’s show.”

Along with hundreds of boats, a full line-up of promotions will entertain show goers. For up-to-date promotions visit the Highlights page of

  • NEW - See the Star Wars X-Wing Fighter Concept Boat - a replica to commemorate the hit movie. Also, meet a Jedi fighter and a make a BB-8 in the Kids Zone.
  • NEW – A Boating Skills Virtual Trainer from the United States Power Squadrons – Maneuver a “Boston Whaler” on a virtual lake. Learn to depart, dock, navigate through heavy winds and more on this latest technology.
  • The Pirate Village – a stockade, parrot toss, searching for buried treasure and more
  • Meet a mermaid - Bring your camera and take a picture with this beautiful fish out of water
  • The popular Water Rollerz are back!
  • Try your hand at deep sea fishing at the show. This fishing simulator has real tension and full size rods—kids and adults can try to land the catch of the day
  • Enter to win $15,000 to spend at the show!

The 2016 new model year for boats is showcasing a number of innovative changes, making boats more maneuverable, “smart,” luxurious and fun! There were more than 30 new model introductions of boats and engines to the area in February and many will be featured at the Spring Boating Expo, March 10 – 13, at the Suburban Collection Showplace.

“Smart technology is coming to boating,” said Show Manager Nicki Polan. “Open floorplans and more seating accommodate more people aboard, and fun new inflatables bring a floating living room to the water.”

New engines bring reduced emissions, better fuel efficiency and more torque than the leading four-stroke engine. Crest Marine offers a refrigerated cup holder installed at the helm as a Captain’s cooled cup holder. Nautique boats now have Surf Select, remote control technology where the skier can control the speed, wake and even stereo volume all from behind the boat!

“Many boaters are looking for one boat that can do it all, and ‘crossovers’ are becoming popular,” said Polan. “Tritoons have the space and comfort of a pontoon but are more controllable and easier to navigate. Classic fishing boats are gaining more seating and can also pull skiers and tubers.”

From paddleboats to cruisers – the new model introductions for 2016 are nothing short of state of the art! Pontoons, center console, jet boats, PWCs and cruisers will be featured.

Just getting started in boating? Find our more at the Discover Boating display at the Spring Boating Expo. Non-biased experts can help you decide what type of boat is best for your boating needs.

Tickets and hotel accommodations are available at Regular admission is $11 for adults, children 12 and under free with an adult. Hours: Thursday and Friday: 2pm-9pm; Saturday: 11am-9pm; Sunday: 11am-6pm. Parking is available on-site at the Suburban Collection Showplace for $5. The Spring Boating Expo is owned and produced by the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA), the voice of boating in Michigan. Revenue generated for this event is returned back to fund boater’s interests via MBIA’s programs and services. For more information, visit or call 734.261.0123. The Spring Boating Expo is sponsored by Great Lakes Scuttlebutt, the Official Magazine of the Spring Boating Expo.

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