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Sailing into town on Friday, February 3, 2023 and running through Saturday, February 11, 2023, the 76th annual Seattle Boat Show will feature nearly 300 exhibitors with more than 800 new and brokerage boats—indoors at Lumen Field Event Center and on the water at Bell Harbor Marina — and the latest in marine accessories and technology.
The Port of Seattle will be hosting the in-water portion of the Seattle Boat Show at Bell Harbor Marina as well as exhibiting at Lumen Field’s East Hall booth #720. Stop by and visit with Port staff throughout the show days and meet our featured guests who are maritime organizations chosen by the Port for providing diversity-forward recreational boating programs:
The boat show is not only a great place to shop for the boat of your dreams, it is a celebration of boating and a place for boaters to rendezvous with friends, plan for summer adventures, and have some fun. The 76th show will be no different, with many features and promotions including:
Young sailors and their families are invited to stop by the Youth Boating Center to start their boating adventures. An introduction to sailing, STEM, and the marine world, the staff at the Youth Boating Center will educate kids and families on the wind, propulsion, local sailing opportunities, knot tying, and more through daily fun hands-on activities.
Entertaining and educational, the seminars are always one of the most popular features at the show. For 2023 there will be 110 hours of seminars, 25% of which are new. The boating and fishing seminars can be attended in person, and, with a special Seminar Package ticket, viewable online for three months post show. Boat Show U webinars are available in person and online for those who purchase a Seminar Package ticket.
Over the course of the nine days of the show, Zach Umperovitch, the world’s leading authority on Chain Reaction Machines,three-time Guinness World Record holder, and co-host of Discovery Channel’s “Contraption Masters,” will invent and construct a Rube Goldberg-inspired machine for boaters. The final machine will measure more than 100 feet in length and, when completed, it will be the longest spanning machine Zach has built in his 30-year career. Zach’s contraption will use kinetic energy and audience participation to string, couple, and join together boat parts, fishing rods and reels, crab pots, life jackets, and other random boating-related items to launch a kooky succession of chain reactions, culminating in the launch of a boat.
On Monday, February 6, women can attend the show for free and enjoy a slate of seminars designed specifically for women, by women boaters. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet, learn and get inspired by some of the most talented women boaters around. The special Women’s Day pass is available on the show’s website.
Water rescue dogs from the American Academy of Canine Water Rescue — a nonprofit organization that breeds and trains dogs to perform water rescues—will be at Bell Harbor Marina at 3: 00 p.m., Wednesday February 8 with Newfoundlands Oakley and Angel to demonstrate their impressive cold water rescue skills. These specially trained dogs can tow up to 5,000 lbs. and are trained to jump from search and rescue helicopters.
Before or after watching Oakley and Angel perform, stop by Anthony’s Bell Street Diner for a free cup of their award-winning creamy clam chowder. It’s also available weekdays from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m .to all ticketed show attendees.
A free shuttle runs continuously between both show locations and there is a special $5 parking promotion at the Bell Street Parking garage right next to Bell Harbor Marina.
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