The 64th Seattle Boat Show will open Friday, featuring more than 1,000 watercraft at two locations. This year's show, the largest on the West Coast, begins a week earlier and returns to its 10-day format.
The exhibitor list includes representatives from 35 boating destinations, more than 65 electronics exhibitors; more than 45 exhibitors with everything from wake boards and water skis to boat hooks and books, 52 service exhibitors and 23 sailing specific exhibitors.
The boats: Among the boats of note at the show, will be the debut of a new brand – Cutwater Boats – built by Fluid Motion LLC. Cutwater Boats are designed and built by Dave and John Livingston, a longtime local boat-building family and built in a dedicated factory in Monroe. Cutwater Boats are an express-style boat that will provide the flexibility of fishing, socializing and cruising.
Norstar Yachts of Bellingham is introducing its 40-foot performance cruising sailing yacht. The Norstar 40 sailboat is an experienced offshore passage-maker and is ideal for weekend cruising, according to show organizers. The Norstar 40 will be in the water at South Lake Union.
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Fathom Yachts of Bow will be exhibiting its newest model, the Element 43, at Qwest Field. This pilothouse motor yacht is a more economical version of the company’s Expedition series.
Seminars: There are more than 200 free seminars scheduled for the 10-day show. Some of the new topics for this show are “The Ins and Outs of Boat Diving,” “Knots to Know,” “and Getting Involved in Local Sailboat Racing.” Other topics include cruising to Alaska, women and sailing, marine weather and steps to keep local waters clean. Fishing seminars include tips on salmon and tuna fishing and crabbing.
Boat Show University: These are 20 advanced seminars designed to expand participants’ boating knowledge and safety. Nautical experts teach the three-hour classes covering topics such as salmon fishing in the Northwest, weather, cruising destinations and electronics. You can register for a single course for $39 or a package of four courses for $149.
New this year are all-day expert training sessions on topics such as offshore cruising, marine weather and cruising in the Northwest. The cost is $195.
When: Friday-Jan. 30.
Where: Qwest Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle, and South Lake Union, 901 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle.
Hours: Qwest Field Event Center – weekdays, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. South Lake Union – weekdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Shuttle: A free shuttle runs every day between the two locations every 30 minutes.
Tickets: Adults, $12; youth (11-17), $5; children 10 and younger, free. A five-day pass, $24. Purchase tickets online and receive free parking at Qwest Field.
Information: www. seattleboatshow.com
Trout pond: Kids can take a break from walking around the show by trying their luck at fishing trout pond at Qwest Field Event Center. The catch-and-release pond will give children the thrill of catching a fish without the worry or trouble of taking it home. Rods and tackle are provided.
Women’s Day: By going to the show’s website, women can print a ticket good for free admission on Jan. 24. The day includes seminars designed specifically for women, including buying a boat, sharing boat handling duties, docking a boat and sailing.