[The show opens Friday January 23rd, but it closes on Saturday January 31st, not on Sunday. Apparently there is some sort of athletic competition scheduled for that day. Go Hawks!–Tim]

Show attractions include drawing for 2015 Seahawks season tickets

Upon further review, the ruling has been confirmed — it’s a repeat for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Boat Show. Seattle Boat Show organizers have once again decided to pay homage to the home team by ending the Show one day early so that exhibitors, event staff and showgoers can watch the Seahawks bring home their second Vince Lombardi trophy with friends and family. The Show will close at 8pm on Saturday, Jan. 31. That still gives boating enthusiasts nine full days to visit the West Coast’s largest boat show, with two locations, at CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union. The Seattle Boat Show opens at 11am on Friday Jan. 23. In further celebration of the team, Seattle Boat Show and BoatUS are giving one lucky boater a pair of 2015 Seahawks Season Tickets.

Seahawks Season Tickets

Guests attending the Seattle Boat Show will be eligible to enter to win TWO 2015 Seahawks Season Tickets with the option to purchase playoff tickets following the 2015 season. The winner will also have an option to be entered in the drawing for Super Bowl 50 tickets. One entry is allowed per guest per day. The winner will be announced onSaturday, Jan. 31.

PEMCO Banner Signing

Let your 12 spirit soar by signing PEMCO Insurance’s massive 12 Banner at the Seattle Boat Show at CenturyLink Field Event Center.  Find it near the North Hall concession stands by booth #170 on Saturday, Jan. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 25 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Join thousands of 12s in making Seahawks history as the banner flies over Glendale, Arizona, for the biggest weekend in football.

Other Seattle Boat Show Attractions


After entering the season ticket drawing there’s plenty more for 12s and boaters to see and do at the Seattle Boat Show. The show features 1,000 boats and yachts indoors and on the water, more than three acres of accessories, electronics and boating gear, 225 free seminars and advanced training classes for a fee. There are also many fun attractions including:

Inaugural Seattle Boat Show SUP-er Joust Tournament

Pairing one of Seattle’s most popular water sports with a medieval pastime, competitors in outrageous costumes will jab, poke, bump and shove each other and attempt to outwit their opponents and knock them off their stand up paddle boards and into the water in the jousting pool. Competitors can sign up in advance for a spot or try their luck during Open Jousting times throughout the show. The champion will be crowned on SUPer Joust Saturday, Jan. 31and will win an adventure cruise for two in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés.

Biggest and Most Expensive Boat in the Show’s 68-Year History

Built locally in Westport Wash., the ‘Evviva’ is 164 feet of pure luxury for $25 million. She features: six luxurious suites; helicopter landing pad; elevator; hot tub; gourmet galley; marble and granite heated floors; spa tub for two in the master suite; and a yacht garage housing a 23’ ski and dive boat. Tour her and a host of other luxury boats at South Lake Union.

Kids Zone

There’s tons of fun for the little boaters too. Kids can enjoy time on the water using the Aqua Paddler boats, build a wooden toy boat with help from the Center for Wooden Boats and learn some fundamentals of boating while having fun with Plankton Races, Tug o’ War, the Rain Gutter Regatta and more. See http://www.seattleboatshow.com/kidszone for a schedule of activities.

Boatless in Seattle – Free admission Monday – Thursday after 5pm

Those who don’t own a boat but would like to learn more about how to get into boating shouldn’t let the ticket price get in the way of deciding whether to attend the show. They can simply show up any weeknight of the show after5pm, announce that they are Boatless in Seattle and they will be admitted for free.

Women’s Day – Monday, Jan. 26

By downloading a special Women’s Day pass, women can attend the show for free on Jan. 26th and enjoy a slate of seminars designed specifically for women, by women boaters. Starting at 5 pm, women can enjoy also complimentary libations, live music and tons of great giveaways in the Boater’s Lounge.

New for 2015 – See the floating portion of the show from the water with complimentary boat rides

The 20-minute guided tours in all electric 21′ enclosed, heated Duffy boats will point out fun facts about South Lake Union and the unique qualities of the spectacular yachts in the show. It’s a great way to see the show from a new perspective. Blankets are provided for an added snuggle factor.

About Seattle Boat Show

The 68th annual Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat opens Jan. 23 and runs through Jan.31, 2015 at CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union with a complimentary shuttle running continuously between both locations.Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for youth (11-17). No charge for kids 10 and under. A 5-day pass is $24. There is a wide variety of special ticket packages, including evening and mid-week packages, with bonuses such as free parking and magazine subscriptions at www.SeattleBoatShow.com

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2015 Seattle Boat Show: January 23-Feb 1

by Tim on January 12, 2015

It’s back!

“The boat show.
The boat show.
The big Seattle boat show…”

Sing with me, my lovelies!

Take a quick look at this press release, because there are a few new features, event, and promotions to be aware of. If nothing else, please note the one about FREE ADMISSION AFTER 5 pm Monday-Thursday for those who are “Boatless in Seattle”.

Also, note that show hours are slightly modified at the end of the show: “The show will close at 3pm on Sunday, February 1st.” Something about a football game, I guess. Smile

Read on, my pretties…

Seattle Boat Show Sails in to Town January 23, 2015

Line up of fun includes SUP jousting tournament, wine and beer tastings, amphibious craft and tons of kids activities

SEATTLE – January 12, 2015 – From stand up paddleboards to superyachts and everything in between, there’s lots to take in at the Seattle Boat Show (Indoors +Afloat). The 2015 show drops anchor on Jan. 23 and runs through Feb. 1. The largest show on the West Coast, it features some 1,000 boats and yachts in two locations, more than three acres of accessories, electronics and boating gear, 430+ exhibitors, 225 free seminars and advanced training classes for a fee. There’s also tons of fun to be had at the show. Highlights this year include:

Uncorked— Opening Night, Friday Jan. 23, 5pm – 9pm

Showgoers can sniff, swirl and sip their way through the show, tasting a variety of award-winning Washington wines. Tasting stations will be set up throughout the indoor location. Tickets are $27 and include show admission, tasting tokens and a souvenir glass.

Inaugural Seattle Boat Show SUP-er Joust Tournament

Pairing one of Seattle’s most popular water sports with a medieval pastime, competitors in outrageous costumes will jab, poke, bump and shove each other and attempt to outwit their opponents and knock them off their stand up paddle boards and into the water in the jousting pool. Competitors can sign up in advance for a spot or try their luck during Open Jousting times throughout the show. The champion will be crowned on SUPer Joust Sunday, Feb. 1 and will win an adventure cruise for two in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés.

Boatless in Seattle – Free admission Monday – Thursday after 5pm

Those who don’t own a boat but would like to learn more about how to get into boating shouldn’t let the ticket price get in the way of deciding whether to attend the show. They can simply show up any weeknight of the show after 5pm, announce that they are Boatless in Seattle and they will be admitted for free.

Biggest and Most Expensive Boat in the Show’s 68-Year History

Built locally in Westport Wash., the ‘Evviva’ is 164 feet of pure luxury for $25 million. She features: six luxurious suites; helicopter landing pad; elevator; hot tub; gourmet galley; marble and granite heated floors; spa tub for two in the master suite; and a yacht garage housing a 23’ ski and dive boat. Tour her and a host of other luxury boats at South Lake Union.

Kids Zone

There’s tons of fun for the little boaters too. Kids can enjoy time on the water using the Aqua Paddler boats, build a wooden toy boat with help from the Center for Wooden Boats and learn some fundamentals of boating while having fun with Plankton Races, Tug o’ War, the Rain Gutter Regatta and more. Seehttp://www.seattleboatshow.com/kidszone for a schedule of activities.

Wakeboard trampoline tricks and demos

Members of the Central Washington University wakeboard team will be demonstrating tricks on a 13×13 Springfree trampoline. Showgoers can watch them do whirlybirds, 720s, grabs, glides and other impressive moves. When not being used for demos, kids and adults can test jump the world’s safest trampoline.

Most Unusual Boats in the Show

For those who have always daydreamed of being James Bond, they have a chance with two unusual amphibious boats at the show. Quadski: an ATV that converts to a jetski, is powered by a high performance BMW engine and can reach speeds of 45 mph on both land and water. (At CenturyLink Field.) Sea Legs: an amphibious 20’ dinghy that goes from land to water and vice versa with the simple push of a button and can top 60 mph on the water. (At South Lake Union.)

Is it a Boat or is it a Plane? It’s both.

The MVP is a revolutionary amphibious aircraft that transforms from an airplane into a fishing and camping platform. When you get to a marina you taxi up, shut down the engine, fold the wings, and propel the MVP towards the slip with an on-board trolling motor. Hinged panels create a flat platform large enough for two people to stretch out and sleep in the custom tent fitted to the platform.

Women’s Day – Monday, Jan. 26

By downloading a special Women’s Day pass, women can attend the show for free on Jan. 26th and enjoy a slate of seminars designed specifically for women, by women boaters. Starting at 5 pm, women can enjoy also complimentary libations, live music and tons of great giveaways in the Boater’s Lounge.

Sails & Ales – Friday Jan. 30, 5pm – 9pm

What better combination than hops and props? That’s what’s on tap for Sails & Ales Craft Beer Night at CenturyLink Field. Attendees will be able to cruise the show with ale in hand and enjoy the best of NW beers and boats. Tickets are $27 and include show admission, tasting tokens and a souvenir beer glass.

New for 2015 – See the floating portion of the show from the water with complimentary boat rides

The 20-minute guided tours in all electric 21′ enclosed, heated Duffy boats will point out fun facts about South Lake Union and the unique qualities of the spectacular yachts in the show. It’s a great way to see the show from a new perspective. Blankets are provided for an added snuggle factor.

About Seattle Boat Show

The 68th annual Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat opens Jan. 23 and runs through Feb.1, 2015 at CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union with a complimentary shuttle running continuously between both locations. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for youth (11-17). No charge for kids 10 and under. A 5-day pass is $24. There is a wide variety of special ticket packages, including evening and mid-week packages, with bonuses such as free parking and magazine subscriptions at www.SeattleBoatShow.com

CenturyLink Field Event Center hours

Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 pm,
Fridays: 11 am – 9 pm, Saturdays: 10 am – 8 pm,
Sundays: 10 am – 6pm*                                        

South Lake Union hours:
Weekdays: 11 a.m. – 5 pm.
Weekends: 10 am – 5 pm*

* The show will close at 3pm on Sunday, February 1st

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Long-time Navagear readers will know that I’m an enthusiastic fanboy for virtual and synthetic AIS aids-to-navigation. I just think there’s tremendous potential there.

Ben Ellison has provided a great update on these over at Panbo:

One way to spend a frigid night in Maine is learning about AIS AtoNs, an electronic augmentation to the aids to navigation we commonly think of as nav buoys, lighthouses, beacons, etc. The US Coast Guard recently began a year-long experiment with AIS AtoNs in New York Harbor, and sure enough, there they are on Marine Traffic. MT is an imperfect tool for understanding what AIS AtoNs look like on our boat displays, but if you set up the Filter as I have above — Show Ship Names on, all vessel types but Navigation Aids off — you can see that they are now set up around many major U.S. ports and that we’re behind much of the world. There are three major types of AIS AtoN, along with many nuances, and their capabilities seem impressive, though perhaps a little confusing or even scary for some mariners…

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Preventive maintenance tip: Engine Oil Analysis

December 30, 2014

Marty McOmber at Three Sheets Northwest taught me something new today. I’d never heard of an “engine oil analysis”, but it makes perfect sense. I definitely want to do this next oil change. Read on… What if there was an early warning system that could tell you when little problems were taking place inside your […]

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Drones over Sucia Island!

December 16, 2014

Lovely video of one of my favorite places in the world… See more of Kevin & Laura’s boating adventures at their blog Riveted, including a video of Sucia’s neighbor Patos:

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‘Tis the season…for boat fires!

December 12, 2014

Great post over at Windborne in Puget Sound. Some shore-power plugs have thermal protection that opens the circuit if the plug gets too hot. SmartPlug is the one I’m most familiar with. Every winter there are boat fires – fires which rapidly lead to marina fires except in the most fortunate circumstances.  And these fires […]

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“Boats of Note” at the 2015 Seattle Boat Show

December 5, 2014

Tickets are on sale now! Northwest boaters are a very fortunate lot. The Pacific Northwest and British Columbia are home to what is arguably the greatest variety of boating in the world. And the Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, reflects that variety. Unique to the show is the wide range of boats and accessories […]

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DIY pot skirt for $.99

May 12, 2014

Long-time readers will recall (from here and here) that while I’m happy with my little Coleman Fold-N-Go stove, in any kind of breeze its performance suffers. I’ve been meaning to build a “pot skirt” for…well..for YEARS. In the meantime, we usually lower our stove into the cockpit to obtain some shelter from the wind, like […]

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Synthetic AIS coming to Puget Sound

April 2, 2014

I’ve been following this technology for a long time (since 2007, apparently), so I’m especially excited to see some implementation right here in my own home cruising ground. Scott Wilson has the story over at Three Sheets Northwest: The most recent Coast Guard District Thirteen Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) has advance notices for three […]

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Lessons learned from a small boat fire

February 28, 2014

We had a big multi-boat fire here in the Pacific Northwest recently. It has served as a reminder to many of us about the risks of fire aboard, particularly on unattended vessels. But what about occupied vessels? How does that play out? Heidi Hackler has this interesting and educational post over at Three Sheets NW. […]

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