According to organizers and those displaying the big and small watercraft, boating in our state is on the upswing as the economy begins to turn around a bit.
“Boat sales across the country are up 10-percent and 20-percent in Michigan this year,” says Nikki Polan, executive director of the Michigan Boating Industries Association and manager of the show. “People have paid down some of their debt and feel more secure about making this kind of purchase.”
There are 130 exhibitors, up from 110 last year. As a matter of fact, the show has grown so much that it had to be moved to a larger space in Cobo Center. That’s a good sign for the show and for fans of the great outdoors, looking for a new toy.
Of the more than 60 lines represented, seven are made right here in Michigan. Boats of all types and prices are on display and for those in the market, there’s probably something here for just about any pocket book.
The show’s news release points out that the popular Chris Craft brand started in Michigan back in 1874 and is now known the world over. Among this year’s Michigan exhibitors are Manitou Pontoons of Lansing; Crest Pontoon of Owosso; Tiara Yachts out of Holland; Four Winns of Cadillac, as well as Glaston and Wellcraft brands.
Also, Detroit Unspun readers may remember the Gibbs Sports Amphibian that made an appearance at the North American International Auto Show in January. They are also made in Michigan and are on display.
The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show is open February 16 and runs through February 24, 2013. Show hours are:
Saturdays, Friday & Monday: 11am – 9pm
Tuesday through Thursday: 3pm – 9pm
Sundays: 11am – 6pm
There are 130 exhibitors on display, representing 60 different product lines.
Children 12 & Under: FREE with an adult
Discounted tickets are available online by visiting the show’s website.
Special admission days include:
- Monday, February 18: Senior Day – seniors over 62 receive FREE admission
- Tuesday, February 19: Save the Buoys Breast Cancer Awareness Day (Ladies Day) – Ladies get in FREE.
- Wear your pink to support the cause.
- Wednesday, February 20: A Boat Load of Food – Bring in 5 cans of food for Gleaners Food Bank between 3pm & 6pm to get in FREE
- Thursday, February 21: Half price tickets – get your tickets for only $6 between 3pm & 6pm