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LIVONIA, Mich., Feb. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As Michigan’s economy rebounds, so has the marine industry in this Great Lakes State.  New boat, motor, trailer and accessories sales in Michigan have increased over the past 4 years. Along with this increase comes an increase in the size of the state’s premier boating sales event – the Detroit Boat Show.

Boat shows remain the single most important selling tool for dealers,” said Show Manager Nicki Polan.  “57% of those who buy a boat attend a boat show for a number of obvious reasons.” The Detroit Boat Show will bring hundreds of boats and 150 of the state’s finest marine businesses under one roof.  It would take someone weeks to see as much product on their own. We are also seeing more manufacturer involvement, which means more manufacturer exhibits and a sexier show.”

At 350,000 square feet, the Detroit Boat Show cruises into Cobo Center February 14 – 22. The show will be 50,000 square feet larger than in 2014 and a full 150,000 square feet larger than 2012.  The Detroit Boat Show features hundreds of boats for fishing, skiing, wakeboarding and cruising – also paddle boats, kayaks, paddleboards and inflatables. New product launches from engine and boat manufacturers, will be featured as well as marinas, canvas shops, aftermarket accessories, ski and wakeboarding equipment, tow toys, electronics and docks, lifts, and hoists.  It is the best place to shop all things boating,” said Polan.  “Show prices are also extremely competitive and buying a boat in February assures boats will be ready for an early summer launch.”

More than 68,000 consumers are expected to attend to see and buy hundreds of new 2015, 2014, and 2013 model boats of all types and sizes. Unlike auto shows, people actually buy boats at the Detroit Boat show.  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 Detroit Boat 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.

Special features also make this event fun for those looking to get a taste of summer in the middle of Michigan’s winter, including: The popular Rail Jam – a live wakeboarding show, Kid Rock’s Cowboy boat featured in his “All Summer Long” Video, Water-rollerz, The Bat Boat, Kid’s Boat Building Center, Meet a Mermaid, Learn to Sail Simulator and Exhibit, win a Stand Up Paddle Board, promotions, giveaways and a Free boater safety course.

Admission to the boat show is $12 for adults; children 12 and under are free with an adult. Save $2 per ticket if you buy tickets in advance on DetroitBoatShow.net.

Special admission days include:

Monday, February 16: Senior Day – seniors 65 and older receive free admission

Tuesday, February 17: Ladies Day – Ladies get in free Muscular Dystrophy Awareness.

Wednesday, February 18: A Boat Load of Food – Free admission with 5 cans of food for Gleaners Food Bank between 3 6 p.m.

Thursday, February 19: Half price tickets – get your tickets for only $6 between 3 6 p.m.

Discount tickets and hotel accommodations at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Detroit are available at www.detroitboatshow.net.  HOURS: Saturdays: 11 a.m.9 p.m.; Sundays Monday: 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. Proceeds generated from this event are returned back to fund boater’s interests via MBIA’s programs and services. FOR MORE INFORMATION visit www.detroitboatshow.net, or call 1.800.932.2628.

The Detroit Boat Show is sponsored by Great Lakes Scuttlebutt, Official Magazine of the Detroit Boat Show, Allstate Boat Insurance and the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Detroit, Official Hotel of the Detroit Boat Show.

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Where: River Spirit Expo at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St.

Tickets: $10, with discount coupons available at sponsors.

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Like lake levels and twisty roads, boat and recreational vehicle sales tend to rise and fall.

Lately, though, with the economy doing better and interest rates low, the market has been picking up speed.

A walk through the Tulsa Boat, Sport Travel Show on Tuesday made that clear, as the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square was packed with products designed to get you out on the lake or the open road.

After a recession in 2009, there seems to be a pent-up demand for boats and RVs.

And, so far, the recent dip in the oil business does not seem to be hurting too much.

“We’ve already sold 12 boats at this show in just a few hours,” said Brad Smith, owner of Brad’s Boat Sales, at about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

At that time, the seven-day event had only been officially open for an hour, although there was a short preview the night before.

Smith, who operates stores in Claremore and Alma, Arkansas, had 38 boats on display. Prices ranged from about $13,000 to $70,000.

“Lower fuel prices are part of the reason for the sales increase,” Smith said. “The other part is the economy. It’s been turning around for a while, but people are starting to realize it now.”

Smith said current buyers are a mix of those new to owning their own boat and former boat owners.

“We have quite a few working-class individuals who used to own a boat, but had to sell it for economic reasons five years ago. Now they are back and want to replace it,” he said.

The most popular price range for the lines Smith sells is about $30,000 to $35,000.

“People are figuring out that they can take the family on one trip to Disneyland and it might cost $6,000 for the week,” Smith said. “Then, what do you do for the other 51 weeks?

“Instead, they can take that $6,000 and make their boat payment for the year and have something they can use for all 52 weeks.”

Smith said larger pontoon boats are gaining popularity. These craft are very stable and can easily support skiers or larger fishing parties. Most also come with a trailer that can be used with a half-ton truck.

Average workers are not the only segment getting into boats. Their bosses seem to be flocking to larger, luxury yachts.

“The market for $1 million-and-up models is on fire,” said Brad Williams, owner of Williams Yacht Group.

Williams was showing a million-dollar yacht made in Michigan by Tiara, a family-owned builder of extremely high-quality craft. It was sold.

Williams, who operates out of Grand Lake, said many of his customers are Tulsa-area business executives.

“A lot of baby boomers who built their own businesses are retiring now,” Smith said. “They are selling their business and cashing in. They have the money for a yacht, but, even more importantly, they have the time now.”

Smith, who has worked in all phases of boating, including as a yacht skipper, said he spends as much time with customers offering financial suggestions as he does showing features and amenities.

“Even if you’ve accumulated a lot of wealth, a yacht is something on which you can blow it all very quickly,” he said. “I try to work with customers so they play in this hobby but still retain their wealth.”

Williams started his business in April 2013. In addition to selling new yachts, he also hunts down used boats for customers.

A veteran of 3,000 hours of yacht boating, Williams will put a buyer’s boat on Grand Lake or tow it to Florida for a personal shakedown cruise there.

The Tiara he sold measured 44 feet and could be handled by a husband and wife. Larger models, such as those from 70 feet to 140 feet, can cost $15 million to $20 million and require a crew.

Williams said yacht buyers need to have a firm idea of how they will use their purchase.

“A boat like this should have a job to do,” he said. “If you are buying it just as an ego booster, then it would be better to spend the money on a good therapist.”

Just as boat retailers are seeing an increase in activity, RV sellers also are reporting better sales.

“Our market is projected to be up 13 percent this year,” said Jeff Pierce, a sales representative for Dave’s Claremore RV.

The team at Dave’s already had sold eight RVs by 2 p.m. Tuesday. They were hoping to move at least 80 by the time the show ends Sunday evening.

Prices ranged from $8,000 for a pop-up camper to $289,000 for a luxury motor home. Much like the boat market, the most popular RV costs about $15,000 to $30,000.

“A lot of these are roomy enough that you could take the family and go for a week-long trip,” Pierce said.

RVs are popular with all age groups, from twentysomethings who like weekend camping all the way up to retirees who may decide to live on the road, he said.

Popular features include outdoor kitchens, LED lighting and solar power capability, Pierce said.

“For any person with almost any budget, we can set them up with an RV,” he said.

The Tulsa Boat, Sport Travel Show is the fifth-largest event of its kind in the U.S. All 466,000 feet of the River Spirit Expo has been filled this year.

“We have about 500 boats and 300 RVs,” said Jennifer Maricle, manager of the event. “You’ll be able to see all of the 2015 models in one place.”

Special attractions include a one-of-a-kind hydrocar, rare racing boats from the 1930s and appearances by fishing professionals.

There will be prize drawings throughout the week: Wednesday, a Walker Bay 310 Genesis DLX CSM; Thursday, $5,000 toward the purchase of a new RV from Dean’s RV Superstore; and Friday, a floating bar and apparel package.

There is no purchase required, but show attendees must be present at the 8 p.m. drawings each night to win.

In addition, on Thursday a new television will be given away at 6:30 p.m.

John Stancavage 918-581-8314

john.stancavage@tulsaworld.com

Follow me on Twitter @JohnStancavage and LinkedIn

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