Opens Friday The 67th annual Seattle Boat Show begins its 10-day run Friday at two locations — CenturyLink Field Event Center and Chandler’s Cove on South Lake Union.
As always, boats will be the focal point of the show. This year’s event, the largest on the West Coast, features more than 1,000 watercraft of all shapes and sizes.
This year’s event will feature a number of boats making their regional debut. They include the Minor Offshore 28 Explorer from Inside Passage Yachts. The Explorer was named the 2013 Powerboat of the Year in Great Britain and nominated for best new powerboat of the year under 30 feet at the 2013 Newport Boat Show.
Four Beneteau sail and power boats will make their West Coast debut, including Sail Magazine’s Boat of the Year, the Oceanis 38. Also being shown by Signature Yachts will be the Swift Trawler 44, the First 25 sailing yacht (all indoors at CenturyLink) and the Oceanis 55 (on the water at South Lake Union).
Lake Union Sea Ray will be showing the all-new Bayliner 642, a 21-foot cuddy style, arriving from Europe, where it’s built.
Fishing seminars: There is a strong education component to the show, with more than 200 free seminars offered, including 60 sessions on fishing and crabbing.
New to the fishing seminar lineup is Tommy Donlin, who will talk about fishing for albacore tuna as they migrate along the Washington coast from late July through September.
For the first time at the show, Salmon University’s Tom Nelson will give several presentations to teach boaters how to be more successful in catching limits of shrimp in the San Juans, Hood Canal and northern Washington waters.
T.J. Nelson, host of KIRO-AM’s Outdoor Line show, will offer tips for anglers targeting winter blackmouth. Clyde McBrayer will give presentations on Dungeness crab fishing in the state.
For the complete schedule of fishing and boating seminars, go to the show’s website.
Sales and Ales: For the second year, show attendees will have the chance to sample craft beers. The Sails and Ales Craft Beer Night will be from 5-9 p.m. Jan. 31.
Nine tasting stations will be set up throughout the CenturyLink Field exhibits, offering craft beers from different artisan breweries.
Tickets can be purchased online for $27, and include a single adult admission to the show valid throughout the day at both locations, plus a complimentary souvenir glass and six tasting tokens. Sails and Ales tickets also will be available at the box office.
Women’s Day: A special ticket can be downloaded from the website, allowing women to enter the show for free. There will be several free seminars offered that day, including sessions on no-impact docking, advanced anchoring, I’ve Never Owned a Boat But Sailed the World, and a Northwest women in boating panel.