2018 Highlights

60th Anniversary Giveaways!

The Detroit Boat Show is celebrating its 60th Diamond anniversary and bringing some fantastic giveaways to show-goers.

  1. Grand Prize Diamond Solitaire Earrings – Enter to win at the show, one lucky winner will be announced following the event and will have a new pair of sparkling diamond earrings to wear on the water this summer! Official Rules
  2. Yeti A Day Giveaways – Win a variety of prizes from Yeti including their famous coolers, tumblers, water bottles and apparel. One lucky winner will be announced each day of the show – be sure to enter to win and YOU could win one of 9 amazing prizes! Official Rules with Giveaway Schedule
  3. Pontoon Trailer by Wolverine Trailer – Enter at the Dr. Trailer booth to win a top-of-the-line aluminum pontoon trailer with aluminum wheels, LED lights, load guides and more! Valued at more than $3,000! Official Rules


Boating Simulator Trainer

America’s Boating Club (United States Power Squadron) now has a Boating Trainer for you to test your boating skills. Please stop by the USPS booth and give it a try, you will not be graded nor ticketed and your insurance will not go up if you crash the boat. It’s for all ages! Practice running the boat, docking, learn the rules of the water and more.




Wake Rail Jam produced by Step Up Productions

Produced by Step Up Productions, the Rail Jam set-up consists of two pools holding over 50,000 gallons of water. With the aid of a high-speed, gas powered winch, competitors are pulled across a course that packed with rails, sliders, jumps and other features allowing them to get “sick” air and perform crazy tricks. Watch and be amazed as professional wake boarders from all around the country compete against each other in air defying feats.

See more on YouTube!



  • Saturdays: 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm
  • Sundays: 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm
  • Monday: 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 5:30pm, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday: 5:30pm, 7:30pm 
  • Thursday: 5:30pm, 7:30pm
  • Friday: 5:30pm, 7:30pm

Twiggy The Water-Skiing Squirrel

“Twiggy’s Lagoon” is known for the World Famous Water-skiing Squirrel.  Twiggy has performed in front of millions of people  since 1979.  She has been all over the world performing in all styles of events such as X-Games, Boat, Travel, RV, and various Trade shows.  Twiggy has been in many Movies, TV Shows, and even Commercials over the past few decades.  You can follow us @TwiggysLagoon as Twiggy tours the world performing for spectators of all ages!

Watch Twiggy perform on YouTube!



  • Saturdays: 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm
  • Sundays: Noon, 2:00pm, 4:00pm
  • Monday: 2:00pm, 4:00pm
  • Tuesday: 4:30pm, 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 4:30pm, 6:30pm
  • Thursday: 4:30pm, 6:30pm
  • Friday: 4:30pm, 6:30pm

Official Boaters Safety Course at the Detroit Boat Show – FREE!

Learn the rules of the water and other helpful safety tips for boating during a free six-hour boating safety seminar. Remember, passing this exam often accounts for discounts on your boating insurance. Participants will receive a free ticket to the boat show compliments of Yamaha. The Detroit Boat Show partners with the Oakland County Marine Division to offer this free boating safety class

Sorry, but the class is FULL. If you’d like to take the free course at the Novi Boat Show on March 17, visit noviboatshow.net.

If you have questions, please contact MBIA at (734) 261.0123.

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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 2018 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 2018!



KIDS ZONE – Weekends only


Water Rollerz


Face Painting!


Spin the Wheel of Treasure to win great prizes!

Paint Your Own T-Shirt Craft!

Meet A Mermaid! Bring your camera and take a picture with this beautiful fish out of water. 



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 2018 model boats – all types, sizes and for every budget.

Stay tuned for a list of new models being introduced

Detroit Boat Show Gives Back

    A Boat Load of Food – Donate 5 canned goods at the door to Gleaners Community Food Bank and receive free admission from 3-6 pm.
    Learn more about the Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation

Career Day – Attend for Free and enter to win $250!

High-school and College students can attend the inaugrual Detroit Boat Show Career day for free on Thursday, February 22 from 3-9 pm. Students will meet with exhibitors at the show to learn more about job opportunities in the industry. Participants who complete the Career Day stops will be entered to win a $250 gift card!

Click here to learn more and for a FREE voucher to attend.


60th Anniversary T-shirts!
The 2018 T-shirt giveaway will feature custom artwork specially designed for our 60th anniversary!  Stop by the information booth and post that you’re at the #detroitboatshow on social media to receive your free shirt! Limited quantities available. T-shirts will be also be for sale.



Broadcast Center Schedule

  • WCSX-FM 94.7 | Sunday 3pm-7pm
  • WXYT-AM & FM 1270 & 97.1 THE TICKET | Monday 4pm-6pm
  • WRIF-FM 101.1 RIF | Tuesday 3pm-7pm

Special Admission Days

  • Mon., February 19: Senior Day – seniors 65 and older receive free admission during show hours (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Tues., February 20: Ladies Day – Ladies get in free.
  • Wed., February 21: A Boat Load of Food – Donate 5 cans of food to Gleaners Food Bank between 3 & 6 p.m. to get in free
  • Thurs., February 22: Millennial’s Night Out, Career Day, AND Boat Show Gives Back
    • Millennial’s 35 and under receive free admission show hours (3 – 9 p.m.)
    • The show is also hosting a Career Day for High School and College Students interested in finding out more about careers in the industry, including marine technology!
    • Boat Show Gives Back – learn more about the Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation, scholarships available, careers in the industry and the thousands of dollars the Foundation gives to Students and Marine Professionals to invest in education.