February 15-19, 2017
Features & Attractions
PLEASE NOTE: The following information is from the 2016 Grand Rapids Boat Show. The 2017 Show details will be posted soon…
West Michigan Offshore – See the 2013 Checkmate Punisher
West Michigan Offshore will have a 2013 Checkmate Punisher on display at the Boat Show! This boat is powered by two 700hp supercharged Mercury engines, has a top speed of 100 mph, and carries a price of $499,000!
This powerboat club is for anyone who enjoys high performance boating. Members own big cats, small v-bottoms and everything in between. Some members are not boaters at all, but simply like the go-fast lifestyle. West Michigan Offshore is a non-profit organization that provides members with connections in the industry; organizing, facilitating, supporting, and promoting powerboat related events. For more information visit www.westmichiganoffshore.com
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.
Wednesday: 4:30pm | 7:30pm
Thursday: 4:30pm | 7:30pm
Friday: 2pm | 5pm | 8pm
Saturday: 12pm | 4pm | 7pm
Sunday: 12pm | 2pm | 4pm
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.
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!
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
Crab Shack Menu:
Tropical Fruit Salad | Floridian Chef Salad | Seafood Jambalaya | Fish & Chips | Crab Fritters | Cajun Chicken Sandwich | Grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwich with Lemon Basil Aioli | Key Lime Cheesecake
Cran-Hill Ranch Zorb Pool
Discover what it’s like to run on water in a Zorb, as long as you can keep your balance! Have fun riding in a Zorb and take part in this new activity that is sweeping the nation. Hop into these giant 8′ Zorbs while running around in their expansive 20′ x 40′ Zorb pool. This activity is fun for the whole family! Give it a try in the Ballroom at the Boat Show.
Meet Pro Wakeboarders at Action Water Sports’ Display
Pro Wakeboarders Rusty Malinoski, Raphael Derome, Parks Bonifay and Josh Palma will be hanging out at the Action Water Sports booth at the Show on Friday and Saturday!
Rusty is a pro wakeboarder originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, but now resides in Orlando, FL. He is dubbed as one of the most powerful wake riders to ever compete in wakeboard competitions.
Raph won the Best Rail Rider award and the Best Web Video award at Wake Awards for his video with Jonathan Ferguson, “Beyond Perception.”
Parks Bonifay was put in a pair of skis by his father at six months old, forming his first steps into a legendary career. He won the X Games when he was 14 years old, and since then has gone on to dominate wakeboarding events from the Pro Tour to the Gravity Games, as well as completing feats such as becmoning the first documented wakeboarder to land a 1080.
Josh Palma had a bit of a late introduction to the sport, as he went to college in central Florida (Rollins) to play baseball. After having some work done on his shoulder he decided his baseball days were over and consequently started to wakeboard for Rollins. He competed in collegiate events and local contests for the next couple of years and slowly worked his way into the scene in 2004 after winning the Buywake.com Global Rider Search.
Meet Pro Wakeboarders at Premier Motorsports’ Display
Pro Wakeboarders Shaun Murray and Adam Wensink will be hanging out at the Premier Motorsports display Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday until mid-afternoon.
Shaun has been riding professionally for over 20 years. He is a 4-time wakeboarding World Champion and is a 2-time competitor on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. Shaun has an Xbox and PS2 video game, Unleashed featuring Shaun Murray.
Boating Safety Certification Course
Saturday, February 20 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 boat 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.
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 offers very unique types of boats – Stock and Junior Outboard Hydroplanes. They will have two boats that will be on display at the Show. The first is a Junior Hydroplane of the J Classes, which kids as young as 9 years old can start racing. This boat has a 15 HP Mercury engine on the back, to which speeds of around 42 MPH can be reached. The second boat is a C Stock Hydroplane, of the adult Stock Outboard Class, which can reach speeds in the upper 60 MPH range, powered by a Yamato Race Engine.
Grand City Show Skiers
A nationally known ski team, Grand City Show Skiers, will be performing a live demonstration of many aspects of show skiing, including human pyramids. 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.
Saturday: 1pm / 5pm
Featured Show Photographers – Todd & Brad Reed
Todd and Brad Reed are a father-son outdoor photography team based in Ludington, MI who have become national leaders in their field. They have several books and DVDs of their fine art including Ludington Point to Point, Lake Michigan Point to Point, and A Year in the Photographic Lives of Todd and Brad Reed. They have a simple approach to photography, choosing subjects that touch them in emotional ways and striving to convey their emotions through the photographs they take. See their amazing photographs at the Show.