2016 Highlights

Stay Tuned – 2017 Highlights will be added soon!



Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter

From the hit Star Wars movies to the Detroit Boat Show! Check out this amazing Star Wars X-wing Fighter concept boat by Wilson Marine. Bring your camera – Saturday and Sunday you can get a picture with a Jedi.




All New Seminar Series!

FREE seminars February 20-21!

Day Time Topic Speaker With
Saturday Noon Fishing Seasons of Lake St. Clair Joel Piatek Rose Marine
Saturday 1:00 Where and How to Fish From a Kayak Jeff Sheerwood Summit Sports
Saturday 2:00 Nautical Nibbles Food Demo
Join us at the Food Demo to learn more on how you can enter to win a YETI cooler!
Amy Malow Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales
Saturday 3:00 What you Need to Know About Invasive Species Christina Baugher MI DNR
Saturday 4:00 Tips for Boating to Canada Robinson Colonbini U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Saturday 5:00 Paddleboarding: Rules, Rights and Regulations Al Bavarskas DNR – Law Enforcement
Saturday 6:00 Women Boaters Tamara Canady Captain
Saturday 7:00 Basic Upkeep and Updating of Your Boat Kelly Anne Mountain Marine
Sunday Noon Basic Upkeep and Updating of Your Boat Kelly Anne Mountain Marine
Sunday 1:00 Scuba Diving the Great Lakes Craig Oshnock Sea The World
Sunday 2:00 Maintaining Your Outboard Engine Tim Haney Yamaha
Sunday 3:00 Detroit River Jigging for Walleye Joel Piatek Rose Marine




Enter to win at the Information Booth or Show Office. 10 entries will be chosen each day that could win! No purchase necessary. One entry per person. Winner will be notified via email. If no return reply is received within 7 days, an alternative winner will be chosen.

Click here for the full rules and regulations.

stockadePirate Village – Fun for Scallywag’s of all ages!

  • Take a photo in the stockade
  • Sand box to dig for buried treasure
  • Parrot Toss – Try your hand at tossing a parrot for a friends competition with friends and family


youth-sailingKids Sailing Simulator

Kids can get a feel for sailing without leaving the show. Certified ASA instructors will be on hand to offer a free sailing lesson and the chance to experience how a small boat reacts to the wind and waves right on the show floor (weight limitations). The simulator is one of only three in the entire US. Designed and built by a nuclear physicist, the Sailing Simulator is the only teaching device of its kind in the US. The simulator recreates the actual movement of a boat under sail and mimicks the waves with wind in the sail. It’s a unique training platform for sailors of all abilities—whether you’re a new boater who wants to learn how to sail or an experienced sailor who wants to practice under different sailing conditions. Stop by and see for yourself how it really feels to sail—without leaving dry land!


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 2016 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!


The Detroit Boat Show is Michigan’s biggest winter rendezvous

Meet up with boating friends at the TIKI BAR inside the show. Reminisce about great boating trips and plan your next Pure Michigan destination for 2016!

Click here to see the list of food offered in the Food Court.



Water Rollerz


Face Painting!


Spin the Wheel of Treasure to win great prizes!


Crafts! Build a Pirate Ship, mermaid
and other fun crafts

Everybody’s Favorite Pirate



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 on the weekends during show hours.



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 2016 model boats – all types, sizes and for every budget.

New Model Listing Coming Soon!

Free Boaters Safety Course!
Saturday, February 20
10:30am – 4:30pm at Cobo Center
Registration is required, and space is limited – Sign up today!
Click here for registration form.


Dbs16 tshirt picFree T-shirts!

Make sure to get your annual free Detroit Boat Show novelty t-shirt handed out opening day, February 13 while supplies last. All you have to do is post a picture at the show and tag the Detroit Boat Show on Facebook, Instagram OR Twitter!


IMG_2134Rendezvous 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.



Autistic-Girl-on-Boat-from-BethDetroit Boat Show Gives Back – Autism Awareness Day, Tuesday February 16

The Autism Society of Michigan will be on-hand to bring awareness to the benefits of boating to people with Autism. Testimonials will be on display on how boating has changed the lives of families affected by Autism in a hugely positive way. During that day, select dealers will donate $100 per boat sold to the Autism Society of Michigan.


Broadcast Center

  • WCSX-FM (Classic Rock)
    Monday, February 15th • 3:00pm – 7:00pm
    Live Broadcast
  • WRIF-FM (AQR/Rock)
    Tuesday, February 16th • 3:00pm – 7:00pm
    Live Broadcast
  • WMGC-FM (Sports)
    Wednesday, February 17th • 3:00pm – 7:00pm
    Live Broadcast
  • WXYT-AM & FM (Sports)
    Thursday, February 18th • 5:00pm – 7:00pm
    2 Hour Appearance with the “Ticket Chicks”, Games, Prizes, & Giveaways
  • WDTW-FM (Classic Rock)
    Friday, February 19th • 5:00pm – 7:00pm
    2 Hour Remote with Two (2) “Double D Girls”, Games, Prizes & Giveaways



Special Admission Days:

President’s Day & Senior Day – Seniors 65 and older receive free admission. Open early to accommodate children off of school (Show hours 11 a.m. — 6 p.m.) Kids 12 and under are always free.

Ladies’ Day – Free Admission for Women (show hours 3 p.m. — 9 p.m.)

Detroit Boat Show Gives Back. Autism Awareness Day – First 100 people to the show receive a free t-shirt.

A Boat Load of Food – Donate 5 canned goods at the door to Gleaners Community Food Bank and receive free admission from 3-6 p.m. (show open until 9 p.m.)

Millennial’s Night Out – Free admission to those 30 and under (show hours 3 p.m. — 9 p.m.)