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Detroit Boat Show Arrives Just In Time For Summertime Wish List

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Boat on display at the Detroit Boat Show. (WWJ/Terri Lee)

Boat on display at the Detroit Boat Show. (WWJ/Terri Lee)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Spring doesn’t arrive for a few weeks but spring fever is in full swing at the boat show in downtown Detroit.

Boaters won’t let high gas prices keep them off the water. Wilson Marine co-owner Randy Wilson says people will spend money on recreational activities.

With several hundred boats on display Wilson describes one boat that he believes is perfect for the beginner:

Bayliner Element. (WWJ/Terri Lee)

Bayliner Element. (WWJ/Terri Lee)

“And it comes with great seating …for being a smaller boat you can put a large number of people in it, outboard power which means you don’t have a lot of maintenance, like you would an inboard/outboard, ” said Wilson. Talking about the 16-foot Bayliner Element.

“These engines are so much more cost effective now-a-days – they are very efficient and can give people great fuel, gas milage from what they’ve ever experienced in the past with a boat,” said Wilson.

“So it has to do more with up-to-date current technology that’s really saving fuel and allowing you to have a much better experience.”
Wilson is taking part at the Detroit Boat Show at Cobo through next Sunday.

At the other end of the spectrum, Allen Tripp of Colony Marine showed off a 47-foot Searay for people who say price is not an issue. “The boat will actually sleep six individuals, lot of amenities as far as air and heat,” he noted.

Made in Michigan on display at the Boat Show.

Made in Michigan on display at the Boat Show.

The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show runs through Feb. 21st – check HERE for more details.

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