Mid-America Boat Show at I-X Jan. 16-20 Featured

The 2014 Progressive Mid-America Boat Show brings more than 300 new boats and watercraft, the latest accessories and product demos into Cleveland’s I-X Center Thursday, Jan. 16 through Monday, Jan. 20. The I-X Center show will feature the latest pontoon boats, jet boats, cabin cruisers and fishing gear and tackle, as well as fishing clinics, seminars, special appearances by Wicked Tuna Captain Tyler McLaughlin, activities for kids and more. 

“Whether you like fishing, sailing, cruising, skiing, wakeboarding, or just want to pick up parts and accessories to enhance a boat already owned, the show will have something for everyone, including the best deals and newly expanded hours to give showgoers more time to shop,” said Ken Alvey, Show Director.” Our show helps kicks-off 2014 for boaters, offering attendees five days to really get hands-on and compare hundreds of new models and products side by side, all in one location.”

Representatives from marine manufacturers and area dealerships, as well as product vendors, will be at the show to answer questions and provide information on the watercraft and accessories. There are many different sizes and price points available to shoppers, and showgoers are encouraged to climb onboard and compare the latest watercraft.

This year’s boat show will also feature Boat Ambassadors, experienced boaters from the United States Power Squadrons, who can talk about the various types of boating, regional venues, legal and insurance requirements, training, purchase, maintenance, storage and any other boating questions. 

The queen of this year’s boat show is the Sima Prestige 450S, valued at more than half a million dollars. Prestige may be a new name in Ohio, but in Europe it has been a reference in the world of motor yachts for over two decades. The popularity of this 45-foot coupe-concept yacht stems from the trend-setting design that combines a fast hull with the conviviality of a motor yacht. The 450S features a comfortable lounge that is bright and well ventilated by its vast roof and large sliding rear bay. The cockpit extends to the living room and continues to the rear platform and the XXL trunk. She offers a vast living space on one level. Power and performance comes from twin Volvo IPS 600 Pod Drives.

An expanded lineup of 25 seminars and clinics on subjects such as fishing, cruising, boat maintenance, performance pontooning, on-board cooking classes and more are being offered at this year’s show. The “Fishing University” on the Buckeye Sports Center Stage will have something for every level of angler and every day has a different lineup of seminars, many zeroing in on walleye while others go to the heart of good bass angling. These seminars feature fishing standouts like Mark Brumbaugh, Gary and Nicholas Zart, Lance Valentine, Matt Gries, and Scott Stecher, as well as the “fishing professors,” Jim Stedke and Travis Hartman. 

For more details and a complete schedule, visit 

Adding to the boat show excitement is a special appearance on Friday, Saturday and Sunday by Captain Tyler McLaughlin from National Geographic Channel's show Wicked Tuna! Meet the new kids on the harbor – a three-man crew from New Hampshire led by a 24-year-old captain Tyler McLaughlin. Tyler's privileged background (he attended prep school where he met his first mate Alex) has afforded him his own boat (The Pinwheel) at a young age. But he's no googan, this kid can fish. Last season, the Pinwheel crew brought in the most fish and was ranked the favorite boat and crew among fans! Tyler will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans on Friday between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday between 12 p.m. and 2pm and 4p.m. and 6p.m., and Sunday between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“The boat show is a great opportunity to bring the entire family out for a day of fun as we’ve got a great balance of entertainment, education and hands-on activities especially for the kids,” explains Alvey. “We’ve added a pool with interactive Water Rollerz and the Rockin', Rollin' Bubbles. Captain Willie the Great Lakes Pirate will entertain young and old daily. There’s also Pirate Pete the bike-riding parrot and the Future Angler’s Foundation Kid’s Fishing Clinics. “

The “Future Angler Foundation’s Kid’s Fishing Clinic” is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, and is geared specifically to teach youngsters up to 16 years old the basics of fishing at the kid’s level. The volunteer pros include games and prizes to

help to keep the children engaged and their goal is to create an excitement for fishing in the youngsters. Free rods and reels plus other giveaways are included. It’s presented by members of the National Professional Anglers Association and sponsored by Buckeye Sports Center, Pure Fishing, Shakespeare and Crown Battery.

Following are the details on additional special promotions:

• “Hops & Props” Friday – Ten artisan breweries, primarily from Ohio, will feature craft beers on Friday, January 17. Show goers desiring to participate in “Hops & Props” will purchase a special $15 “Hops & Props Sampling Package.” It includes 6 sampling tickets for 2 oz. servings, a sampling glass, a list of the craft beers, and a map showing the locations of each craft beer throughout the Boat Show.

• Lake Erie Day, Monday, January 20 – The boat show will raise money for Lake Erie research by donating $1 from each ticket sold on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 20) to Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory. The Sea Grant display will highlight aquatic invasive species, Asian carp, harmful algae blooms, and unwanted human medications.

• Cayman Islands Trip Giveaway – Some lucky couple will jet away from winter aboard Cayman Airways to the warm Caribbean island of Grand Cayman. Enter for free at the show to win a four-night stay for two in a one-bedroom Beachfront Executive Suite at the Reef Resort, roundtrip airfare on Cayman Airways from any of their US gateway cities, on-island airport transfers and Stingray Sandbar and Reef Snorkel for two, courtesy of Red Sail Sports.  No purchase necessary.  See show website for more details.

The Mid-America Boat Show, sponsored by Progressive Insurance and produced by the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, is one of Ohio’s top recreational and outdoors events. The show will be open to the public Thursday, January 16 through Monday, January 20, at the I-X Center, located at One I-X Center Drive in Cleveland. Show hours are Thursday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $12 for adults and $11 for seniors age 60 and older. Children 12 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Attendees can save time and skip the box office lines by buying tickets online at

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