Grand Rapids Boat Show
February 18 - 22, 2015
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PLEASE NOTE: The following information is from the 2014 Grand Rapids Boat Show. The 2015 Show details will be posted soon…

Grand Haven / Spring Lake / Ferrysburg Night – Thursday

Grand Haven / Spring Lake / Ferrysburg Night – Thursday

The Boat Show will be filled with some of your favorite Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg features on Thursday evening including local eateries, vendors, music and prizes! Select Grand Haven displays will offer complimentary specialty foods.

It may be hard to think of sunshine, beach days and boating during the winter months, but that’s exactly what is on the minds of those in the Grand Haven area! This special evening (6:30pm – 8:30pm) will consist of local eateries, vendors and entertainment, presented by Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg organizations! Enjoy samples from The Kirby House, Sweet Temptations, Snug Harbor, Grand Finale Desserts & Pastries and Chocolates by Grimaldi while listening to Tropical Rock music from the Don Middlebrook Band.

The night is sponsored by the Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Haven Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Grand Haven Main Street DDA, and 105.3 HOT FM.

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Swampmaster’s Live Alligator Show

Swampmaster’s Live Alligator Show

This is a must-see attraction for outdoor families and people of all ages! Master alligator educator Jeff Quattrocchi will be on-hand to educate and inform Show goers about these amazing pre-historic creatures.

Swampmaster’s Schedule:

Wednesday:  5pm  /  8pm

Thursday:  5pm  /  8pm

Friday:  2pm  /  5pm  /  8pm

Saturday:  12pm  /  3pm  /  7pm

Sunday:  1pm  /  4pm

HO Sports Tube Truckload Sale

HO Sports Tube Truckload Sale

HO Sports will inflate every tube they make and offer the best values ever at the Tubers’ Truckload Sale at the Boat Show! Meet the professional designers of the tubes straight from the factory. HO Sports will also give away a tube a day to some lucky winners!

HO is a leader in the development of the new sphere technology, with tubes like the Ion, Molecule, Atom, and Black Ice tubes. Stock up at the Boat Show and be ready to hit the water this Summer!

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Meet Pro Wakeboarders Rusty Malinoski and Erik Ruck

Meet Pro Wakeboarders Rusty Malinoski and Erik Ruck

Rusty and Erik will be hanging out at the Action Water Sports booth on Friday evening and Saturday.

Rusty is a pro wakeboarder originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, but now resides in Orlando, FL. He was the first wakeboarder to land a 1080 in competition and was most recently a supporting cast member on the MTV show Wake Brothers. Rusty has finished every season in the top 10 since turning pro in 2003.

Erik is originally from Wisconsin and has been wakeboarding since he was 14 years old. He won the bronze at the 2001 X-Games, was the 2002 Tour & World Champion, the 2006 X-Games Rail Jam Champion and won the 2011 Trick of the Year.

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Antique & Classic Boat Display

Antique & Classic Boat Display

An impressive display of wooden boats, presented by the Water Wonderland Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, will once again be on display at the Boat Show. Members of the Water Wonderland Chapter will be on-hand to answer questions and share stories from days gone by. Visit www.wwcacbs.com for more information.  Sponsored by Michigan Radio

Antique & Classic Boats expected to be on display at the show:

Lawley Pop – New and improved! This boat was at the Boat Show last year and has been completely upgraded by Chapter Member Kenn Spencer. The replica was originally built by the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville in 2013

1957 Adena Craft Barracuda – 19 1/2′

Abby J – 1898 Launch

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Marine Electronics Workshops

Marine Electronics Workshops

Presented by Greg Hoffman of the Mariners’ Centre  - Hosted at Booth #320

Thursday

7 PM

Software Updates – How to keep your electronic equipment up to date. Access manufacturer websites, downloads, and equipment requirements explained.

 

Friday

3 PM

Connecting your iPad and iPhone to your Electronic Equipment – Create a second monitor for little or no cost

7 PM

Software Updates – How to keep your electronic equipment up to date. Access manufacturer websites, downloads, and equipment requirements explained.

 

Saturday

11 AM

Entertainment on the Go – Access Direct TV, Dish Network and Sirius Media on your boat.

3 PM

Software Updates – How to keep your electronic equipment up to date. Access manufacturer websites, downloads, and equipment requirements explained.

7 PM

Connecting your iPad and iPhone to your Electronic Equipment – Create a second monitor for little or no cost.

 

Sunday

1 PM

Entertainment on the Go – Access Direct TV, Dish Network, and Sirius Media on your boat

Bay Breeze Sail & Yacht Center Workshops

Bay Breeze Sail & Yacht Center Workshops

Stop by Bay Breeze’s booth #8 for a hands-on cruising experience, demonstrating many boating skills including knot tying, line tossing, cleat hitching, pile looping, and more to make life on board safer and more enjoyable.

Dive Tank

Dive Tank

Presented by the Great Lakes Dive Locker.  All attendees are invited to suit up and try it out each day of the Show!

 

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Grand City Show Skiers

Grand City Show Skiers

The Grand City Show Skiers will be performing a live demonstration of many aspects of show skiing, including Human Pyramids, at the Boat Show! Skiing is extremely popular in the upper Midwest, and practiced throughout the nation. Show skiing combines components of all water ski disciplines. Water ski shows are an aquatic Broadway musical, featuring several water ski acts choreographed to music and built around a theme that tells a story.

Grand City Show Skiers is an amateur club, which usually has 30 or more members. Age is not a factor since ski club performers can range from children to grandparents. Grand City is a family oriented, non-profit club that has been entertaining the West Michigan communities for over 25 years.

Demonstration Times:
Friday:  7:30pm

Saturday:  2pm  /  6pm

Sunday:  2pm

Key West Crab Shack

Key West Crab Shack

Enjoy food from the Amway Chefs and Tropical Rock (Trop Rock) music from the Don Middlebrook Band at the Key West Crab Shack.  The songs for beach, boat and island lovers will resonate throughout the Grand Gallery of DeVos Place.

Don Middlebrook Performance Schedule:

Wednesday:  6:30pm – 9:30pm

Thursday:  6:30pm – 9:30pm

Friday:  6:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturday:  2pm – 5pm

Gizmo the Robot

Gizmo the Robot

Be on the look-out for Gizmo the Robot while you’re at the Show!  He’ll be wandering the aisles entertaining attendees.

Michigan Hydroplane Racing Association

Michigan Hydroplane Racing Association

MHRA is a grass-roots Stock Outboard Racing Club, which hosts over a half dozen racing events across the State of Michigan. This is the same club which at one time hosted racing on the Grand River in Grand Rapids and features highly competitive, affordable, racing action with a wide variety of ages and speeds. The Junior Hydroplanes, where kids can start racing at age 9, have a top speed of roughly 42 MPH, where adults can reach up to 80+ MPH dependent on their class – and it’s all on your knees! This family-oriented sport features some of the best racing action on the water – and the hub is in the State of Michigan, with MHRA being one of the largest outboard racing clubs in the Nation!

The association will have a couple of boats on display at the Show!

Boating Safety Certification Course

Saturday, February 22 from 12pm – 5pm

Get your certification done in one day by the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Marine Division on Saturday at the Boat Show and be ready to hit the water this Summer! Typically these classes take multiple evenings. Here is your opportunity to get certified, a legal necessity in order to command a motorized vessel without supervision for anyone born after 1978, and those between the ages of 12 and 16 years old. (And simply a smart thing to do!)

There is no fee to attend the Boating Safety Class. Participants should gather in the main entrance lobby of DeVos Place and will be directed to the seminar room just before 12pm.