53rd Annual Detroit Boat Show - It's All About Boats

Feb 08, 2011, 09:16 ET from Michigan Boating Industries Association

Boat show offers great deals on boats and boating equipment, entertainment for kids, and education

LIVONIA, Mich., Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Move in began February 7th for the 2011 Detroit Boat Show for more than 100 exhibitors selling boats and all things boating.  More than 60,000 consumers are expected to visit to see and buy hundreds of new 2011, 2010, and 2009 model boats of all types and sizes during the 53rd annual Detroit Boat Show scheduled for February 12–20 at Cobo Center in Detroit.  

With Michigan's best dealers all under one roof, offering the best pricing of the year, there is no better way to compare and shop for a new boat.  Many dealers and manufacturers offer one-time, early order discounts as an added incentive to buy at the show.  Boats purchased at the show can be customized and ready for a spring launch.

Many dealers say they can attribute up to 50-percent of their annual sales to sales and leads generated at this show.  More than 1,500 boats, worth an estimated $50 million, traditionally sell during the Boat Show's nine-day run, but it is much more than just a sales event.  The show also offers fun activities for the whole family.  

"The Detroit Boat Show is a great event to attend whether you are in the market to buy a boat, or if you are just looking for an opportunity to have some family fun," said Boat Show Manager John Ropp. "We bring hundreds of boats for fishing, skiing, wakeboarding and cruising to Cobo for easy comparison shopping, but we also fill the hall with great activities and promotions for those looking for some entertainment or something to do with their family or friends."  

Shoppers are able to visit hundreds of exhibitors displaying ski boats, fishing boats, cabin cruisers, bow riders, paddle boats, pontoons and personal watercrafts. Also available for purchase are motors, dockage, water toys, skiing and wakeboarding gear, boating and fishing accessories, electronics, boat gear, nautical gifts, artwork and much more—all under one roof in a casual and fun environment.

The Detroit Boat Show has been staged every year for 53 years, and is known as the premier boating event in the State of Michigan.  The Detroit Boat Show is owned and produced by the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA), a non-profit association representing marine businesses throughout the state.  Revenue generated from this event is returned back to fund boaters' interests via MBIA's programs and services.    

Special features include the Live Shark Encounter Show, Time Bandit Race Boat, SpongeBob SquarePants Appearance, Discover Boating Center, Be A Diver Pool, Adopt a Pet Weekends, Antique & Classic Boats, Hydroplane Race Boats, the Kids Boating Clinic and a Free Boater Safety Course.

The 53rd annual Detroit Boat Show is February 12-20 at Cobo Center in Detroit.  Admission to the boat show is $12 for adults; children 12 and under are free with an adult, and seniors over 62 receive free admission on Monday. Discount tickets and hotel rooms are available at www.detroitboatshow.net.  HOURS: Saturdays and Friday: 11 a.m.9 p.m.; Sundays: 11 a.m.6 p.m.; and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 3 p.m.9 p.m.  Parking is available at Cobo Center and surrounding lots. The Detroit Boat Show is sponsored by RAM Trucks Official Truck of the Detroit Boat Show.  FOR MORE INFORMATION visit www.detroitboatshow.net, or call 1.800.932.2628.

SOURCE Michigan Boating Industries Association