Seattle Boat Show Arranges Special Travel Packages For Canadians Left Adrift By Cancellation of Vancouver Boat Show

Special packages include transportation, boat show tickets and hotel packages

SEATTLE – The recent cancellation of the 2010 Vancouver International Boat Show (VIBS) left many boaters adrift. (The cancellation was due to scheduling conflicts with a roof replacement project at host venue BC Place.) Happily, the Seattle Boat Show (Friday January 29 through Saturday February 6, 2010) has stepped into this void. For boaters and would-be boaters in Canada, show organizers struck an amazing deal with Clipper Vacations for three customizable packages, all of which include transportation to Seattle, a stay at a downtown Seattle hotel and admission tickets to the Seattle Boat Show. The packages start at as little as $USD120. Book your stay at the Crowne Plaza Seattle Hotel and transportation to the boat show from the hotel is also included. Details are available at:


“All those boaters in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island that love boats, want to be around boats, want to look at boats and boating gear and won’t have a wintertime show in Vancouver, won’t be disappointed if they come down to Seattle” said George Harris, president, Northwest Marine Trade Association. “Our show offers a huge variety of exhibitors, boats, accessories and exciting promotions.”


The Seattle Boat Show drops anchor on Friday January 29 and continues through Saturday February 6, 2010. The West Coast’s largest boat show features 1,000 recreational watercraft, seminars and the latest innovations in accessories at the Qwest Field Event Center, plus 150 world-class yachts in their natural habitat on South Lake Union, with a free shuttle running between both locations. Unique to the Seattle Boat Show is the large variety of boats on display. At other shows, you may find yourself in a sea of bass boats or wakeboard boats. At the Seattle show, the boats on display are representative of the wide range of boating available in the region. The Pacific Northwest and British Columbia are home to perhaps the largest variety of boating in the world – whether it’s wakeboarding on the inland lakes, salmon fishing on Puget Sound or off Vancouver Island, sailing in the San Juan or Gulf Islands, kayaking in the streams and rivers, or cruising to Alaska. Every type of boating available in the region is on display at the Seattle Boat Show.


There are approximately 200 free seminars during the nine days of the show. No other show in North America matches the Seattle seminar schedule in terms of the quality, variety and volume of seminars offered. Some of the world’s top experts are presenters. Seminar topics: Broughton Islands: Desolation Sound and Islands to the North; Cruising Desolation Sound & Toba Inlet; Cruising the Coast of the Great Bear Rainforest: The Central and North Coast of B.C.; Cruising Desolation Sound & Toba Inlet and Preparing to Cruise Remote Alaskan Waters; and Fishing in British Columbia. The complete schedule is available at:



Arctic Explorer and Filmmaker Shares Rare Footage
Emmy award-winning filmmaker Sprague Theobald will share amazing footage from his upcoming documentary, Braving The Northwest Passage. This stunning film is from his five month epic journey across the Arctic aboard the 57’ Nordhavn Bagan. Bagan will be on display at South Lake Union where you can tour the boat, meet the cast and crew, view unreleased footage and even take home a free DVD. Additionally Theobold will be conducting seminars at Qwest Field Event Center throughout the nine day show where he’ll focus on the craziest, scariest and most exhilarating moments of the trip – the good, the bad and the frozen.


World’s Largest Toy Boat Collection
Jerry Bauer got his first toy boat when he was two years old and has been collecting them ever since.  To say it’s a bit of an obsession would be an understatement.  In fact Jerry good naturedly calls it a disease. Today the collection numbers 5,000+, ranging from boats the size of your thumbnail to boats 6-7 feet. There’s everything from Monopoly and Cracker Jack pieces to a 48-inch wooden 1952 Chris Craft replica.  More than 1,000 boats from the collection will be on display at the show. Bound to delight the children as well as the child in every adult. (Kids 10 and under get in free to the show.)


Seattle Attractions:
Although the Seattle Boat Show offers plenty to keep anyone busy for days, visitors to Seattle taking advantage of the special packages can wander the show by day when it’s the least crowded, take in a show by night, and in between dine at some of Seattle’s finest restaurants. (It’s crab and oyster season in January, so no better time to try our world renowned seafood.) Other Seattle January 2010 attractions include: Michelangelo Public and Private and Alexander Calder: A Balancing Act at the Seattle Art Museum; Il Trovatore at the Seattle Opera; and Two By Pinter at ACT (A Contemporary Theatre). For those wanting to stay longer in Seattle, Clipper Vacations agents will help travelers to add extra days to their trip.


About the Seattle Boat Show
The 63rd Annual Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, Friday January 29 – Saturday, February 6, features 1,000 boats – including fishing boats, inboard cruisers, runabouts, kayaks, sailboats and inflatables – hundreds of accessories, the latest high-tech innovations, and hundreds of hours of seminars at Qwest Field Event Center, plus world-class boats and yachts in their natural habitat at South Lake Union. A free shuttle runs continuously between both locations. Ace Recreational Marine Insurance and Northwest Buick-GMC Dealers are the official sponsors of the show.

800 Occidental Ave South
901 Fairview Ave North
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11 am to 8 pm
Fridays: 11 am to 9 pm
Saturdays: 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm
Mon-Thurs: 11 am to 5 pm
Fridays: 11 am to 5 pm
Saturdays: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
  Free shuttle running continuously between both locations

Purchase tickets online at and receive free parking at the show, a free cup of clam chowder at FX McRory’s and a free boating magazine one-year subscription. Choose from: Yachting, Field and Stream, Islands and Sailing World.


YOUTH (11-17): $5
KIDS 10 and Under: Free
5-Day BIG Show Pass! $24 (NEW FOR 2010)

Special Promotions: Become a fan of Seattle Boat Show on Facebook ( or follow the show on Twitter ( and be entered to win a $5,000 shopping spree.


Win a pair of tickets round-trip to the San Juan Islands every day of the show from Kenmore Air - the Boater’s Airline! Enter daily at South Lake Union.

Special Nights: Women’s Day: Monday, February 1
Fishing Night: Tuesday, February 2
Sailing and Cruising Night: Wednesday, February 3
Guys Night Out: Thursday, February 4
Additional details about weeknight promotions will be posted to as they become available.


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