Boat show returns to Tacoma Dome for first time since 2009

After being on hiatus since 2009, the boat show is returning to the Tacoma Dome this week. The Puget Sound Boat show will run from Thursday through March 15.

An improved economy convinced O’Loughlin Trade Shows to re-launch this show, formerly the Tacoma Dome Boat Show, said spokesman Barry Bartlett.

“The return of the show reflects a resurgence in the recreational boating industry, including recreational and fishing models,” he said.

Bartlett said this will be the last boat show in the region before the 2015 boating season opens.

The four-day show will feature the newest models, technology and accessories from more than 20 local dealers. Sport boats and fishing models, off-shore vessels, wakeboard boats and personal watercraft will be on display.

Some of the boats on display will include the Larson Escape RT 2200 Triple Tube pontoon boat from Checkered Flag Marine, redesigned Arima and Smokercraft Phantom series aluminum fishing boats from King Salmon Marine Sales Inc. of Tacoma, a MasterCraft NXT20, a 20-foot surf-centric model from MasterCraft in Redmond and the new 25.5-foot Bayliner Element XR7, a cross pontoon and deck boat from Lake Union Sea Ray.

In addition to hundreds of watercraft on hand, the show will feature seminars with area boating experts offering tips on boating equipment, fishing and destinations. Among the people leading the seminars are Tacoma salmon angler John Keizer, halibut fishing expert Terry Rudnick, offshore tuna fishing expert Del Stephens and Lance Merz talking about kokanee and trout fishing.

Among the exhibitors, Tacoma’s Sealegs NW will feature recreational models of its amphibious concept using motorized, retractable and steerable wheels fitted to specially designed boats. Sealegs craft can be driven from a storage location, down a boat ramp or beach and into the water, all while the occupants stay in the boat and remain dry.

The Foss Waterway Seaport will also have a display, celebrating the maritime heritage on Tacoma’s waterfront. The seaport plans to display boats from its collection of classics as well as vintage outboard motors.