Progressive Metro Boat Show offers weekend of family fun, great deals – The Oakland Press

What better way to wind down after summer than to immerse yourself in the boating lifestyle at the Progressive Metro Boat Show. The event will take place September 15-18, 2022 at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township. This is the 13th annual Metro Boat Show owned and produced by the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA).

The event features a fine display of boats in the water and on land – from 10 to 50+ feet in length, there’s something for everyone and for every budget. The show is also the ideal time to discover the end of season offers and preview the new 2023 models introduced.

“There has been a boat show at Lake St. Clair Metro Park for over 50 years, but MBIA has been producing the show for 13 years. What’s exciting this year is more boats! Probably 30% more and 68 new models,” said MBIA Executive Director Nicki Polan. “Every year boats improve – whether in terms of performance, fuel efficiency or comfort and storage – it’s always exciting to see new models being introduced.”

The Metro Boat Show is the perfect time to discover end-of-season offers and preview the new 2023 models being launched.  (Photo by David Dalton??

Polan said the boating industry is “into our 14th consecutive year of growth. The past two years, due to the pandemic, have been the most significant years of growth in our history. 2022 should be just as strong. During the pandemic, people realized that boating provided a safe, fun, and family-friendly recreational activity during a very stressful time, and subsequently boat sales skyrocketed. While sales are finally normalizing, they are still above pre-pandemic times,” Polan said.

Recent data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association indicates that retail spending on purchases of new boats, engines, trailers and accessories in Michigan grew another 17% in 2021, topping $1.5 billion.

Recent data shows that retail spending on new boat, motor, trailer and accessory purchases in Michigan grew another 17% in 2021. (Photo by David Angell??

And while gasoline prices have been high, Polan said, “Gasoline prices generally change the behavior of boaters. Studies have shown that while they won’t go to their boat less often, they’ll likely make shorter trips, maybe not go as fast, may limit surfing or tubing hours.

However, the current economy is a concern for some, as rising prices will take away discretionary dollars. Some may decide that boating is not possible at the moment, others will decide to buy a smaller boat, she said.

“What many don’t realize is that boats can be financed for longer in cars because they don’t depreciate as quickly. Many boats can be financed for up to 20 years and can also qualify for a second home mortgage deduction,” says Polan.

While center console boats continue to be popular – several manufacturers that did not typically produce center console boats are now producing them as well – outboards are also a trend as they are cheaper and easier to maintain than I/O and inboard motors, she said. . “Wake surfing is becoming more and more popular.”

Michigan continues to be the third-largest shipping market in the United States, according to the MBIA.  (Photo by David Dalton??

New this year, attendees can board the Pride of Michigan, a 68-foot vessel that is part of the Great Lakes Division, a component of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps that provides teens with hands-on deck and ship experience. engineering aboard the ship. It is free to visit.

A special interactive exhibit is also planned to help boaters understand their role in stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Michigan waters. Currently, species considered invasive in Michigan waters include zebra mussels, quagga mussels, sea lamprey, round goby, Eurasian ruffe, spiny water flea, and fishhook water flea. . Among these invaders, zebra mussels best illustrate the multiple impacts of a single species on an ecosystem.

Participants will learn how to clean, drain and dry their watercraft to help eliminate the spread. Visitors will receive a free t-shirt (while supplies last) when they share the #CleanDrainDry message on social media.

Plus, promotions like live music at the Tiki Bar, food trucks, beer tents, and Kid’s Crafts will provide hours of fun for the whole family.

Visitors to this year’s show will see the latest innovations in engineering, design, materials and colors of all types and sizes: sleek yachts, runabouts, personal watercraft, pontoons, fishing boats, ski boats, inflatables, cruise ships and used boats. Also featured will be the latest services, accessories, engines, trailers, electronics, fishing gear, docks, marinas and more.

The salon also offers one-stop shopping, including on-site financing, insurance, rental slips, brokerage, vacation planning, charter trips, maintenance and most other types of extras needed by boaters, saving buyers time and money.

Visitors can come for the day or the weekend.

“A lot of people come by boat and spend several days,” Polan said. “Boaters pass the spectacle on the weekends, making for an incredible parade of boats along Black Creek that lasts all day. The Metro Park offers many amenities that could complete your day with a picnic, swimming in the pool, launching your boat, playing golf, disc golf, biking, or visiting a nature center.”

Show times are 1-7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 17, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, September 18. Admission is $10 for adults, free for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Parking is $10 – or free for those with a Metropark permit. General park information can be found at or by calling 1-800-47-PARKS. Limited boating is available. Contact the Metropark to book impurities.

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