New Technology in 2017


New Technology in 2017

New technology and models make boating easier, more fun

The 2017 new model year for boats is showcasing a number of innovative changes, making boats more maneuverable, “smart,” luxurious and fun! There were more than 30 new model introductions of boats and engines to the area in February and many will be featured at the Spring Boating Expo, March 16 – 19, at the Suburban Collection Showplace.

“Smart technology is coming to boating,” said Show Manager Nicki Polan. “Open floorplans and more seating accommodate more people aboard, and fun new inflatables bring a floating living room to the water.”

New engines bring reduced emissions, better fuel efficiency and more torque than the leading four-stroke engine. Crest Marine offers a refrigerated cup holder installed at the helm as a Captain’s cooled cup holder. Nautique boats now have Surf Select, remote control technology where the skier can control the speed, wake and even stereo volume all from behind the boat!

“Many boaters are looking for one boat that can do it all, and ‘crossovers’ are becoming popular,” said Polan. “Tritoons have the space and comfort of a pontoon but are more controllable and easier to navigate. Classic fishing boats are gaining more seating and can also pull skiers and tubers.”

From paddleboats to cruisers – the new model introductions for 2016 are nothing short of state of the art! Pontoons, center console, jet boats, PWCs and cruisers will be featured.

Just getting started in boating? Find our more at the Discover Boating display at the Spring Boating Expo. Non-biased experts can help you decide what type of boat is best for your boating needs.

Tickets and hotel accommodations are available at Regular admission is $11 for adults, children 12 and under free with an adult. Hours: Thursday and Friday 2-9pm, Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm. Parking is available on-site at the Suburban Collection Showplace for $5. The Spring Boating Expo is owned and produced by the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA), the voice of boating in Michigan. Revenue generated for this event is returned back to fund boater’s interests via MBIA’s programs and services. For more information visit or call 734.261.0123.The Spring Boating Expo is sponsored by Great Lakes Scuttlebutt, the Official Magazine of the Spring Boating Expo