Michigan show opens today

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The eighth annual Metro Boat Show, which features hundreds of boats from 10 to 56 feet, opened today and will continue through Sunday at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Michigan.

The Michigan Boating Industries Association, which produces the show, said the event’s land space has increased by 20 percent, or 11,000 square feet, from last year.

New 2018 product launches will debut at the show this year, including a 30-foot Cobia featuring an innovative new side door that allows easy access for hauling in the catch of the day, diving and boarding off the dock. The SeaRay SLX 400, also known as “The Entertainer,” also will be on display.

“Great boating weather, low gas prices, innovation and a steady economy have led to another great boating season here in Michigan,” show manager and MBIA executive director Nicki Polan said in a statement. “It’s a great time to buy a boat, and we’re hearing from our dealers that this year, more than ever, new boaters are entering the market.”

Organizers said the show will feature the latest engineering, design, materials and colors of all types and sizes: sleek yachts, sailboats, runabouts, personal watercrafts, pontoons, fishing boats, ski boats, inflatables, cabin and used boats, including paddleboats and bowriders.

Also featured will be the latest services, accessories, engines, trailers, electronics, fishing gear, dockage and marinas.

Attractions will include the XPOGO Stunt Team Extreme Pogo Stick Shows — as seen on “America’s Got Talent”; a variety of food trucks; and yard games, including Hook & Ring Toss, Cornhole & Giant Jenga.

There also will be live music at the Tiki Bar and the newest addition, the North Bar, with new bands added to the lineup; Michigan craft brews; and a Kids Zone.

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