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Detroit Boat Show reports attendance gain

Attendance grew 3 percent at the Detroit Boat Show.

Attendance grew 3 percent at the Detroit Boat Show, which took place at the Cobo Center and wrapped up last weekend, rising by 1,606 from last year to 69,169.

The show also grew in 2017, adding 50,000 square feet sold, for a total of 400,000.

“Along with our bigger footprint came bigger boats,” show manager Nicki Polan said in a statement. “We had twice as many cruisers on the floor this year, as compared to last year.”

2016 was the sixth consecutive year of sales growth for new boats, engines, trailers and accessories nationwide, as well as in Michigan, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Sales are expected to rise again this year and in 2018.

“Attendance certainly appeared to be up over last year and, more importantly, our show sales increased substantially. We are looking forward to an early spring and double-digit sales gains this season,” said Mike Tusa, of Mike’s Marine Supply in St. Clair Shores, Mich.

“It is fun to meet people that have the same passion about boating as we do. Our sales were good again this year, and that makes Cobo the best boat show of the year,” said Mark Munger, of Bee’s Sports in St. Johns.

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