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Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor & Detroit / Wayne County Michigan

Detroit Boat Show Dazzles

In the dead of winter, it’s nice to dream about the sunny days of summer on the water and maybe score a good deal at the Detroit Boat Show 2020, taking place at the TCF Center (formerly Cobo Hall) from January 18 through 26.

Highlights this year include Twiggy’s Lagoon, with the World-Famous Water-skiing Squirrel. Twiggy has performed in front of millions of people since 1979 at the X-Games and trade shows.

The Rail Jam set-up consists of two pools holding more than 50,000 gallons of water. With the aid of a high-speed, gas-powered winch, professional wake boarders from all around the country are pulled across a course that packed with rails, sliders, jumps and other features allowing them to get “sick” air and perform crazy tricks.

A free, six-hour boating safety seminar is available with rules of the water and other helpful safety tips. Passing this exam often accounts for discounts on boating insurance. Participants receive a free ticket to the boat show compliments of Yamaha. Registration is required.

Location: 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit. Buy tickets at For more information, call 734-261-0123.