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Friday, 19 February, 2010 1:07 PM

52nd Annual Detroit Boat Show Brings Blast of Summer to Cobo Center

Boat show offers everything boating plus entertainment and fun for all, Feb 13 - 21

Photo credit: The Michigan Boating Industries Association

The 52nd Annual Detroit Boat Show is currently underway at Cobo Center.

DETROIT -- More than 60,000 Michigan residents are expected to visit the 52nd Annual Detroit Boat Show to see hundreds of new model boats of all types and sizes, February 13-21 at Cobo Center in downtown 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 early order discounts as an added incentive to buy at the show. Boats purchased this winter boat show can be customized and ready for a spring launch.

"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 Van Snider. "We bring hundreds of boats for fishing, skiing, wakeboarding, pontooning, and cruising to Cobo for easy comparison shopping, and we also fill the hall with great activities and promotions for those looking for some entertainment or something to do with their families, friends, or kids. Excess inventory is sure to result in incredible savings opportunities and financing is available at the show."

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

Amidst the gloom, there are many positive things boaters should be
focusing on. For example:

  • Water levels across the state, including the Great Lakes are up; Interest rates and gas prices are down
  • Sport fishing in Michigan continues to thrive.
  • Boating continues to offer value far beyond the cost to participate and
  • Michigan continues to be one of the finest boating states in country.

Source: Michigan Boating Industries Association

 

52nd Annual Detroit Boat Show

Show Hours: Saturdays, Monday & Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.;
Sundays: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday & Wednesday: 3:00
p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Admission to the show is $12 for adults, children, 12 and under, are
free with an adult and seniors 62 and over receive free admission on
Monday, February 15. Admission includes a subscription to one of three
boating magazines. Discount tickets and promotion schedules are
available at www.detroitboatshow.net.

Parking is available at Cobo
Center and surrounding lots.

Updates to Features at the 52nd Annual Detroit Boat Show

LIVONIA, Mich. -- New features have been added to the long list of promotions that make the Detroit Boat Show fun for everyone - whether you are a serious boater, someone who wants to discover boating or just looking to have some fun. A full list of features is available at www.detroitboatshow.net. New additions to the list of exciting things happening at the show include:

Attorney General Mike Cox Attends Detroit Boat Show to Address Asian Carp Issue

The dangers to Michigan's fisheries are apparent should the Asian Carp enter the waters of the Great Lakes. Attorney General Mike Cox will attend the show on Sunday from 1 - 2 p.m. to reach out to thousands of boaters and anglers and promote an online petition to stop the Asian Carp. http://www.stopasiancarp.com/

Pink Boat Helps Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

A special pink boat will be on display at the show to help build awareness for breast cancer and breast cancer research. Anyone who makes a $5 or more contribution at the show will be given a chance to win a boat, motor, trailer package worth $25,000. The pink boat and promotion are located in the Wilson Marine exhibit.

Queen of the Show Crowned

The title of Queen of the Show is given to the largest boat in the show each year. The 2010 Queen of the Boat Show is a 45-foot Sea Ray Sundancer on display at the Colony Marine exhibit and lists for $881,665. At the special discounted show price of $726,877, this luxurious beauty can be yours. The all-new 450 Sundancer boasts forward thinking with innovative and trend-setting features like its standard Axius® propulsion system with joystick control, a fiberglass hardtop with retractable sunroof, a cockpit entertainment center with optional grill and TV, and a designated "media room" in the cabin. Add all these things together, and you could have the most adaptable, user-friendly express cruiser on the water.

Discover Boating Center Features Boats for less than $250 per monthDon't let the price of the Queen scare you away. This is not the typical boat package that sells at the Detroit Boat Show. In fact, the Discover Boating Center features a selection of boat, motor, trailer packages that can be purchased for less than $250 per month - many under $200 per month.

More than 60,000 Michigan residents are expected to visit the show to see hundreds of new model boats of all types and sizes. 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 early order discounts as an added incentive to buy at the show. Boats purchased at this winter boat show can be customized and ready for a spring launch.

The 52nd annual Detroit Boat Show is February 13-21 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 are available at www.detroitboatshow.net. Parking is available at Cobo Center and surrounding lots. The Detroit Boat Show is sponsored by Pure Michigan and Koegel. FOR MORE INFORMATION visit www.detroitboatshow.net, or call the MBIA at 1.800.932.2628.

Source: Michigan Boating Industries Association

Detroit Boat Show Reports Upswing in Sales and Strong Interest in Boating

DETROIT -- Management of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, the producers of the 52nd Annual Detroit Boat Show, stated there was an upswing in boat sales during the opening weekend of the nine-day event as a result of improved attitudes by consumers about spending discretionary dollars. "We are very pleased with the first two-days of the show. Serious buyers are coming to the Detroit Boat Show as they realize this is a perfect time to buy a boat while interest rates are low and great buying opportunities exist," stated Van Snider, Show Manager.

Show management is attributing the improvement in consumer interest to pent-up demand. "I think people are tired of putting their life on hold because of the bad economy - now that things seem to be turning around, people are more compelled to invest in quality time with friends and family - which is what you get with a boat," continued Snider.

For those who are not in the market for a boat, but are looking for something fun to do, the Detroit Boat Show also offers special promotions and features like the wakeboard simulator, Capt'n Willie and the Kids Boating Clinic, Lego Boat Building Contest, Crack the Safe to win $25,000 to spend at the show, free seminars, Discover Boating Center, Adopt a Pet Weekends and Spring Training at the Boat Show - more is listed on www.detroitboatshow.net.

The Detroit Boat Show runs through February 21. Admission is $12 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Discount tickets are available at www.detroitboatshow.net. HOURS: Saturdays, Monday (President's Day) and Friday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sundays: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday: 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Parking is available at Cobo Center and surrounding lots. FOR MORE INFORMATION visit www.detroitboatshow.net, or call the MBIA at 1.800.932.2628.

Source: Michigan Boating Industries Association

 

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