Detroit Boat Show at Cobo Center Feb. 15-23

The 2014 Detroit Boat Show will cruise into Cobo Center February 15 – 23 with an impressive 300,000 square foot display of all things boating. Because of increasing demand for space, Michigan’s largest boat show moves into bigger halls at Cobo allowing it to grow by 30,000 square feet over 2013. Hundreds of boats from 10 to 55 feet in length will be on display and for sale at great boat show prices.

“In 2012, Michigan outpaced the rest of the county in growth and sales for our industry,” said Show Manager Nicki Polan. “2013 has also been a good year for our industry and we’re thrilled to see the increase in demand for space from our exhibitors. Attendees will be pleased to see a second year of significant growth for the show with more and bigger boats than last year.”

The Detroit Boat Show features hundreds of boats for fishing, skiing, wakeboarding and cruising – also paddle boats, kayaks, paddleboards and inflatables. It is the best place to shop for a boat as it would take weeks to see as many boats and dealers around the state. Show prices are also extremely competitive and buying a boat in February assures boats will be ready for an early summer launch.

More than 65,000 consumers are expected to attend to see and buy hundreds of new 2014, 2013, and 2012 model boats of all types and sizes. Many dealers say they can attribute up to 50-percent of their annual sales to sales and leads generated at this show. More than 1,500 boats, worth an estimated $50 million, traditionally sell during the Boat Show’s nine-day run, and shortly after to leads generated at the show.

The show also offers exhibits selling boating accessories and services including motors, dockage, water toys, skiing and wakeboarding gear, boating and fishing accessories, electronics, boat gear, nautical gifts, artwork and much more.

Cobo – A New Center Rising: Boat Show goers will be able to see the new grand Atrium and Ballroom at Cobo Center offering a beautiful view of the Detroit River and Canada. Cobo Center will also have a state-of-the-art Food Court available in their lobby and are making many other changes to upgrade the facility – sure to impress attendees and exhibitors. Cobo Center is proud to announce it has been designated a “Green Building.” Only two convention Centers in the country have this designation. And as a benefit to exhibitors, Cobo has negotiated a 33 percent reduction in work rules with labor unions, making the Detroit Boat Show more an even more affordable marketplace for exhibitors. “Cobo Center has impressed us with their renovations and their “green” initiative goes along with our ideals of keeping the environment and Michigan’s great freshwater resources clean for generations of boaters to come,” said Polan. “It is a pleasure to host and attend events at this state-of-the-art facility.”

Chrysler Named Official Vehicle of the 56th Annual Detroit Boat Show: “We’re honored to have Chrysler on-board as a premier sponsor of the Detroit Boat Show,” said Polan. “Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM and Fiat all offer vehicles that provide superior towing capacity and utility to those who enjoy the boating and the outdoor lifestyle.” Chrysler will showcase their vehicles and their capabilities at the Detroit Boat Show.

Promotions offer something for everyone at the Detroit Boat Show: In addition to the best place to shop for a boat, the Detroit Boat Show offers a full line-up of special attractions to assure show goers a full day of fun. Special features include: The Live Stingray Encounter, The very exciting Waterwalkerz & New Water Rollerz, Kids Boat Building Center, Meet a live mermaid, Free Boating Safety Seminar, APBA Offshore Power Boats, Discover Boating Center, and so much more.

Discover Boating at the Detroit Boat Show: 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.

Special admission days include:

  • Monday, February 17: Senior Day – seniors over 63 receive free admission
  • Tuesday, February 18: Don’t Rock the Boat & Ladies Day – Participating dealers will donate $100 for every boat sold to the Michigan Parkinson Foundation. Ladies get in free.
  • Wednesday, February 19: A Boat Load of Food – Bring in 5 cans of food for Gleaners Food Bank to get in free between 3 & 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 20: Half price tickets – get your tickets for only $6 between 3 & 6 p.m.

The 56th annual Detroit Boat Show, held at Cobo Center in Detroit, is known as the premier boating event in the State of Michigan. Admission to the boat show is $12 for adults; children 12 and under are free with an adult. Discount tickets and hotel accommodations at the Courtyard by Marriott are available at

HOURS: Saturdays and Monday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sundays: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Parking is available at Cobo Center and surrounding lots. The Detroit Boat Show is owned and produced by the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA), the voice of boating in Michigan. Revenue generated from this event is returned back to fund boater’s interests via MBIA’s programs and services. FOR MORE INFORMATION visit, or call 1.800.932.2628.