Seattle Boat Show starts this week

by Tim Flanagan on January 22, 2012

[It’s a letter from Northwest Marine Trade Association President George Harris. —Tim]

Seattle is slowly thawing after the big snow and freeze this past week, glaucoma and boats are being prepped for move in to the Big Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, opening next Friday, January 27 and continuing through Sunday, February 5 at CenturyLink Field and South Lake Union.

Despite the snow and ice around the Pacific Northwest, the Show must go on! With 1,000 boats of all shape, size, type and budget indoors at CenturyLink Field, another 150 world class boats and yachts afloat on South Lake Union, the West Coast’s Largest Boat Show offers something for everyone. For those who wakeboard, waterski, fish, kayak, cruise or race, under power or sail, on boats small or large, or simply want to outfit their boats with new gear or hone their skills at the 200+ boating and fishing seminars, this Show’s for them.

A common question we hear every year is what fun things are available at the Seattle Boat Show. We’re excited to feature fun activities for all boaters, and some fun kids activities:

Kids Aqua Zone
Fun for the little boaters, the new Aqua Zone features fun kids activities. Kids attending the Seattle Boat Show can enjoy time on the water using the new Aqua Paddlers paddle boats at CenturyLink Field. Life jackets will be provided to all little boaters. Or, kids can spend time building their very own toy boat in the craft area. Craft supplies will be available for parents to assist their child in adorning their very own toy boat creation. Both activities are free with your boat show ticket.

Pitch-A-Fish to win a boat!
Fish tossing is a popular attraction at Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market. At the show the Pitch-a-Fish contest will give showgoers the chance to try it themselves by tossing fish (don’t worry, they’re not real) up to 30-feet through the air into a target for a chance to win a new 16-foot Avalon Eagle Pontoon boat from Tom’s Boat Shop. You don’t have to toss a fish to be entered to win the boat, but give it a try to increase your chances of winning!

In addition to winning a new pontoon boat, showgoers can also enter to win more than a dozen other prizes offered by exhibitors in the show, including a $2,500 West Marine gift card from Allstate Boat Show Insurance, a new Mustang Survival inflatable PFD in the Life Jacket Test Drive, a Scotty electric downrigger from Outdoor Emporium and more! Click here for the complete list of contest and prizes available at the show.

Over the next several days, 450+ exhibitors will be moving in to CenturyLink Field and South Lake Union. We’re excited to put our 65th anniversary show together for all of you in time to open next Friday at 11 a.m. If you don’t already have tickets, you can save time and purchase your tickets online today, and also receive some great added value items like free chowder across the street at FX McRory’s restaurant, a free boating magazine and more!

We are pleased that the Washington State Parks Boating Safety program is a presenting partner of the show again this year, as well as our official sponsor Northwest Buick-GMC dealers.

Stay warm, and I hope to see you at the show!

George Harris
Northwest Marine Trade Association

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