Retail expenditures for new boat, motor, trailer, and accessory purchases in Michigan exceeded $1 billion in 2018, an increase of almost 11 percent over 2017 and the ninth consecutive year of growth in the state.
That’s according to the Michigan Boating Industry Association, citing new data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
“We’re the third largest marine market in the U.S. and that is very impressive since we’re a four-season state,” said MBIA executive director Nicki Polan in a statement.
Michigan has nearly one million boats registered, and another 600,000 legally non-registered paddle craft, also ranking No. 3 in the country for registrations.
The group is touting the growth in advance of its Metro Boat Show, slated for Sept. 12-15 at the Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township. The show is celebrating its tenth year of being produced by the MBIA.
“The Metro Boat Show has grown each year for the past 10 years,” said Polan. “We started producing this show because our members knew it could be a great success, and with their contribution and the support of the boating community, it’s grown into the largest in-water boat show in the Midwest.”