Boat sales expected to remain high
COMMERCE TWP, MICH. – February 2, 2021 – In order to maintain the safety of patrons, exhibitors, and staff, show management of the Progressive Novi Boat Show has postponed the in-person event until March 2022. The NBS, which would have been celebrating its 29th year was scheduled for March 11 – 14, 2021 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.
“While our in-person Progressive Novi Boat Show cannot happen this year due to the pandemic, we encourage those interested in purchasing a boat to shop their local dealers and other marine businesses early. These businesses are able to remain open while using appointments and safety protocols. Demand for boats remains high as people continue to discover this fun, safe and therapeutic benefits of being on the water. Demand for other products and services remain high as boaters are looking forward to another summer on the water as a safe and fun way to spend time with family and friends,” said Show Manager and MBIA Executive Director Nicki Polan. “So, if you are interested in purchasing a boat, upgrading your current boat, reserving a slip at a marina, installing new docks, or anything else related to boating, I suggest you not wait.”
Michigan is the third largest marine market in the country and has seen 12 consecutive years of growth in sales of new boats, motors, trailers, and accessories with more than $1 billion spent in 2019. The National Marine Manufacturers Association reported an increase of new powerboat sales by more than 300,000 units in 2020, levels that have not been seen since 2008. Leading categories driving record sales include personal watercraft, wake boats, freshwater fishing, and pontoon boats.
Save the date for the Great Lakes Boating Festival held May 21-23 at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club (Free to the public) and MBIA’s in-person Progressive Metro Boat Show scheduled for September 16-19 at the Lake St. Clair Metropark.
About the Michigan Boating Industries Association:
MBIA is the official, state-wide marine industry association which serves as the voice for Michigan’s $7.8 billion marine industry and the four million people who enjoy Michigan’s nearly one million registered boats. The MBIA is dedicated to the advancement, protection, and promotion of boating across Michigan. The MBIA produces three association-owned boat shows, the Progressive Detroit Boat Show at TCF Center, the Progressive Novi Boat Show in Novi, and the Progressive Metro Boat Show in Harrison Twp. The proceeds from these shows benefit boating in Michigan through MBIA programs and promotions. For more information about the MBIA go to www.mbia.org or call 734.261.0123.