Skip to main content

Detroit show returns in February

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.

Related

TPG Adds to Marine Portfolio

The hospitality and marina management firm acquired Conanicut Marina and Taylor Point Boat Yard in Jamestown, R.I.

Trade Only Today Returns Jan. 18

The daily e-newsletter will not publish Monday, Jan. 17, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.

ECONOMY REPORT: Omnipresent Omicron

The year closed with an uptick in consumer confidence, but the latest coronavirus variant threatens to derail progress

Mixed Reactions

Though generally positive about market conditions, many dealers report they won’t be attending boat shows.

Sportsman Boats Hires CFO

Greg House was previously chief financial officer with Sea Star Solutions and Dometic.

NMMA Reports Strong Boat Sales in 2021

Annual new powerboat sales are expected to exceed 300,000 units for the second consecutive year.

Lowrance Releases Software Update

The software release enables a new sonar feature and autopilot compatibility for Ghost trolling motors and Ghost-compatible MFDs.

Keeping the Sales Team Motivated and Sharp

Here are some strategies from the “Undisputed King of Motivation,” Zig Ziglar, for sales success before, during and after the transaction.