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

1_WHALESACTION

NMMA: Proposed Speed Rule an ‘Existential Threat’ to Industry

The association is calling on every marine brand, employee and boat owner to file public comment by Oct. 31 over a sweeping regulation to protect North Atlantic right whales.

1_AXOPAR

Axopar and Nimbus Renew Agreement

The boatbuilders have entered an agreement whereby Nimbus Group will retain exclusive rights to sell Axopar boats on the Swedish market.

1_IAN

Hurricane Ian Leaves Devastation in Florida

The storm left a wide swath of destruction, heavily impacting marine interests from Tampa Bay to Marco Island.

Norm

Email Is Your Ticket to Holiday Sales

Developing an effective email campaign can bolster sales and help fill winter coffers at your dealership.

1_NMRA

NMRA Presents Annual Awards

Edson CEO Will Keene and ComMar Sales president Tim Conroy were recognized for their contributions to the marine industry.

1_ PULSE.PING.2

DEALERS: Are Interest Rates Impacting Demand?

This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers whether interest rate increases are causing a downturn in boat sales. Take the survey here.

1_EPROPULSION

EPropulsion, Mack Boring Partner with Crest

Pontoon builder Crest will use an ePropulsion Navy 3.0 Evo electric outboard motor and an E175 battery for its 2023 Current model.

1_BENETEAU

Beneteau Reports Significant H122 Growth

The company reported that its revenue grew 8.6 percent and income increased by 30 percent during the first half of 2022.