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2014 Highlights

Check back soon for exciting new 2015 Show Highlights!

Boats to Buy!

More than 100 of Michigan’s best boat dealers and marine businesses under one roof for 9 days of great prices, selection and services. Your chance to see new 2014 product, get great prices on new non-current boats, motors, trailers and accessories. Shop hundreds of fishing boats, pontoon boats, cruisers, ski boats wakeboard boats, inflatables and personal watercraft. Also get great prices on water toys, docks, decks, boat lifts, canvas, electronics, accessories and so much more!

No better time to buy a boat!
(Get full value on your trade-in with Michigan’s new Sales Tax on the Difference.)



Live Stingray Exhibit

The first of its kind attraction – live, wild stingrays that you can feed and touch! This is the only traveling attraction of its kind in America. This exhibit is hands on, all animals on display are safe to touch. Guests learn about stingrays as well as other sea creatures while actually touching or feeding them.



New! Water Rollerz

Walk on Water! They’re a worldwide phenomenon—and they’re going to be at the Detroit Boat Show. Climb in and see how long you can stand on your feet! There is a $5 fee per person.

Docks sponsored by Diversified Dock & Lifts



Meet A Mermaid!

Bring your camera and take a picture with this beautiful fish out of water. Grab a seashell from her stash to take home with you. The mermaid will be at the show 2/15-2/17 and 2/21-2/23 during show hours.




Meet Nautique Team Rider and PRO Wake Boarder/Wake Surfer Jeff Mckee!

The watersports professional dare-devil Jeff Mckee will be in the Silver Spray Sports booth on Feb. 22 & 23 to meet and greet with boat show attendees. Click HERE to learn more about McKee.



Interactive Crab Display

Another true “hands-on ” experience at the Interactive Crab Display. See and hold Horseshoe and Hermit Crabs as you learn more about these interesting creatures.




Discover Boating Center – Boats for less than $250/month

For those who are interested in the boating lifestyle but don’t know where to start, the Detroit Boat Show offers a Discover Boating Center which features a variety of boats priced under $250 per month. The joys of boating are many and this special feature area helps families start the buying process by showing them how affordable boats can be, helping them understand which boat type best fits their needs and discovering the many boating options there are around the state of Michigan and close to home.


Boating Kids Fun Zone

Drop a line in the water and catch a fish, spin the Wheel of Fun, Face Painting and play the Duck Pond Game to win great prizes.
The Kid Zone will be open on 2/15-2/17 and 2/21-2/23 during show hours.


Kids Boat Building and Craft Center

Build your own vessel and set sail inside the show! Other activities include t-shirt stamping, minnow racing and hands-on fun. Boating Building will be open 2/15-2/17 and 2/21-2/23 during show hours.





Free Boater Safety Course

The Detroit Boat Show is partnering with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Oakland County Marine Division to offer a free boating safety class at Cobo Center during the Detroit Boat Show. Those who finish the class will get one free ticket to the show. Boaters young and old are invited to learn the rules of the water and other helpful safety tips for boating during a free six-hour seminar held Saturday, February 22nd. Passing this exam also often accounts for discounts on your boat insurance! Click here for the next opportunity for the Free Boater Safety Course

Sponsored by Wilson Marine


Tiki Bar

Take a seat and gather with your boating friends in this fun island themed bar. Grab a cocktail and reminisce with old friends, or make new ones!





APBA Offshore Power Boats

You’ve heard the roar on the river and now you can see these powerful racing boats out of the water. You’ll be amazed to see how big they are and how thrilling the close-up viewing will be. See video footage from some of the most exciting races in history and meet some of the drivers.



Win $15,000 to Spend at the Show!

Everyone who comes to Cobo Center during the Detroit Boat Show can enter to win $15,000 to spend on a brand new boat, accessories and more!  Plus, Receive a 1-year subscription to Great Lakes Scuttlebutt Magazine! Sign up in the lobby area at the registration tablets.



New Model Introductions

Don’t miss the exciting new boat manufacturer “New Model Introductions.” Dealers will have on display and for sale the latest and greatest 2014 model boats – all types, sizes and for every budget.
(Visit this site often and watch this list grow)

Click here to check out the BRAND NEW 2014 Models featured at the show.


Surfboard Simulator

Whether wave surfing or wake surfing is your thing, don’t miss this chance to hop on board our surf simulator and show off your skills.  With state of the art controls this surfboard is a blast for kids and adults, beginners and pros.  Hop on and give it a ride! The Surfboard will be at the show 2/15-2/17 and 2/21-2/23 during show hours.



Free T-shirts Opening Weekend! 

Thanks to the first 500 people to post a picture of themselves at the show and tag the Detroit Boat Show. Enjoy your complimentary “I like Big Boats and I CANNOT Lie” t-shirt!

T-shirts are all gone, but stay tuned for your next chance for a free T-shirt.



Rendezvous Weekend at the Boat Show

Bring the largest group of boating friends to the show and win a party package! Enter to win: 20 pizzas, 80 soda pops, 10 bags of chips, 40 tickets to the Boating & Outdoor Festival and 20 Free t-shirts. Enter to win at the Information Booth inside the show.


Broadcast Center Schedule

Saturday, February 15

Sunday, February 16

Thursday, February 20

Friday, February 21

Saturday, February 22


Special Admission Days:

President’s Day – Open early to accommodate children off of school – Kids 12 and under are free! Seniors over 63 are free all day too!

Ladies’ Day – Free Admission for Women
Don’t Rock the Boat – Participating Dealers will donate $100 per boat sold to the Michigan Parkinson Foundation

A Boat Load of Food – Donate 5 canned goods at the door to Gleaners Community Food Bank and receive free admission from 3-6pm

Half off admission from 3-6pm

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