Detroit show returns in February

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The 2014 Detroit Boat Show will be held Feb. 15-23 at the Cobo Center, moving into bigger halls there because of an increasing demand for space and allowing the show to grow to 300,000 square feet.

Organizers said hundreds of boats from 10 to 55 feet will be on display and for sale.

“In 2012, Michigan outpaced the rest of the county in growth and sales for our industry,” show manager Nicki Polan said in a statement. “2013 has also been a good year for our industry, and we’re thrilled to see the increase in demand for space from our exhibitors. Attendees will be pleased to see a second year of significant growth for the show with more and bigger boats than last year.”

The show features hundreds of boats for fishing, skiing, wakeboarding and cruising, plus paddleboats, kayaks, paddleboards and inflatables.

Organizers said more than 65,000 consumers are expected to attend and that more than 1,500 boats, worth an estimated $50 million, traditionally sell during the show’s nine-day run and shortly afterward to leads generated there.

The show also offers exhibits that will sell boating accessories and services, including motors, dockage, water toys, skiing and wakeboarding gear, boating and fishing accessories, electronics, boat gear, nautical gifts and artwork.

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