Detroit Boat Show and Michigan Boating Industry see growth

The 2015 Detroit Boat Show will cruise into Cobo Center February 14 – 22. The show will be 50,000 square feet larger than in 2014 for a total of 350,000 sq. ft., and space sales are significantly above 2014, as more exhibitors’ vie for the remaining space in the weeks left until the show opens. This is fourth year in a row the show has grown and added more space and exhibits.

“For the past four years, Michigan has outpaced the rest of the county in growth and sales for our industry,” said Show Manager Nicki Polan. “Attendees will be pleased to see a bigger show, again this year, with more boat sizes and lines represented to see and purchase.”

The Detroit Boat Show features hundreds of 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 see as many boats and dealers around the state. Show prices are also extremely competitive and buying a boat in February assures boats will be ready for an early summer launch. 

More than 68,000 consumers are expected to attend to see and buy hundreds of new 2015, 2014, and 2013 model boats of all types and sizes.  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, 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 popular Rail Jam – a live wakeboarding show, waterwalkerz & rollerz, kid’s boat building center and craft area, meet a live mermaid, kids boating clinic, promotions, giveaways and a free boater safety course.

The 57th annual Detroit Boat Show, held at Cobo Center in Detroit, is known as the premier boating event in the State of Michigan.  Admission to the boat show is $12 for adults; children 12 and under are free with an adult. Save $2 per ticket if you buy tickets in advance on

Special admission days include:

Monday, February 16: Senior Day - seniors 65 and older receive free admission

Tuesday, February 17: Ladies Day – Ladies get in free.

Wednesday, February 18: A Boat Load of Food – Bring in 5 cans of food for Gleaners Food Bank between 3 & 6 p.m. to get in free

Thursday, February 19: Half price tickets – get your tickets for only $6 between 3 & 6 p.m.

Discount tickets and hotel accommodations at the Courtyard by Marriott are available at  HOURS: Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sundays & Monday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday 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 (800) 932-2628.

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