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  1. #1
    My Boats:
    1996 Donzi 22' Classic Volvo7.4GSi/DPX
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    Jul 2001
    Portland, MI

    Post Michigan boat shows...

    I wonder why the Grand Rapids (Grand Center) boat show is overlapping the Detroit Boat Show? Is the G.R. show worth going to or is it mostly fishing boats and pontoons? Will High Perf Marine have Donzis there? What about the Offshore Upgrades guy some of you talk about, do you suppose he sets up a booth? Was this post nothing but questions? Thanks!

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    Platinum Member Platinum Member Tinkerer's Avatar
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    2001 Daytona 26, 1992 SCARAB 34, 1989 25 Checkmate Convincer, 1977 Glastron Carlson CVX 18
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    Jan 2002
    ALTO, MI


    I haven't been very impressed with the show the last 5 years but untill last year my bank gave me free tickets (bank one takeover) no more free tickets. Very few true high performance boats.
    Hey even if it ain't broke it's still fun to tinker with it.

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    Gone Fishin' Charter Member Waterfoul's Avatar
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    1988 Tracker Pro 17, 40 hp Mariner.....1972 Glastron GT 140, Merc 50 power!!!
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    Nov 2000
    Grand Rapids/Holland/Grand Haven


    Offshore upgrades (Craig) doesn't set up a booth. Not in his budget.

    As for performance boats, usually some Baja's, Formula's, PowerQuests, Velocities, Sunsations, ....

    But, it's not one of the "big" shows for the manufacturers. Except for PQ, they are just down the road in Holland. BUT, I like the show. I usually see some people I usually only see on the water. Great place to meet up with friends on a Sat. afternoon. I also like to check out the big cruisers too. See how the other half of the powerboating crowd lives!!!! LOL!!!

    As for the overlap, blame Detroit on that one I guess.
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    Registered Red Stripe's Avatar
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    1998 PowerQuest 240 Antera SX
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    Jul 2001
    Twin Lake, Michigan


    I haven't been impressed by the show the last couple of years (last year really sucked) but I continue to go anyway. Like Waterfoul, I usually run into friends at the show and enjoy checking out most of the boats there. I do wish more performance boats were there. Heck, I wish my closest Baja dealer wasn't in Traverse City

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    Registered nautigirl's Avatar
    My Boats:
    1995 237 PQ Stryker
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    Sep 2001


    GR show kinda sucks. But I still get to go look at boats. Not many hi-perf boats. More big cabin-cruisers (which I love to look at - nice kitchens in those boats than at my house!) and always a ton of pontoons and fishing boats.

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