63rd Annual BIG Seattle Boat Show Cruises Into Town This Week: Drops Anchor Friday January 29

See the world’s largest toy boat collection; tour luxury mega yachts; view unreleased documentary footage from an Arctic exploration and kick a soccer goal for a chance to win a boat

SEATTLE - January 24, 2010 – The one and only BIG Seattle Boat Show (www.seattleboatshow.com) is set to get underway at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 29th.  The annual show with two locations – at Qwest Field Event Center and South Lake Union – is the West Coast’s largest boat show with 1,000 boats and yachts and more than three acres of accessories, electronics and boating gear. 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. This year the smallest boat in the show fits in a backpack and the largest is a 143 foot mega yacht. The show runs through Saturday, February 6th.


But boats and accessories are just one part of the big show. Other attractions this year include:


If Money Is No Object: Three boats over 100 feet in the length will be on display at South Lake Union. The largest in the show is 143 feet Devotion. Tour the boats and dream a little.


Boating On a Budget: Don’t have a few million to spare? Not to worry. There are dozens and dozens of boats at the show that can be financed for $250 a month or less. Don’t let another summer pass you by without getting on the water.


Come Fly With Me: Two Weeks to Taxi; Need a plane to get to that 143-foot yacht you just bought or to your wilderness cabin? See the kit built plane that you can build in two weeks. And the wings fold up for tight spaces. The ultimate DIY project and the first time a plane has been in the boat show.


Most unusual boat at the show: Sealegs, an amphibious 20’ dinghy that can top 60 mph on the water. It has three wheels and goes from land to water and vice versa with the simple push of a button. It could be straight out of a James Bond movie but it’s actually the perfect boat for exploring our northwest islands and beaches. Drives right up out of the water and on to the beach or a boat launch ramp.


Toy Story: World’s Largest Toy Boat Collection
Jerry Bauer got his first toy boat when he was 2 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+. 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.)


Arctic Explorer and Filmmaker Shares Rare Footage
Emmy award-winning filmmaker Sprague Theobald will share amazing unreleased 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, even take home a free DVD.


Score A Boat!
The Seattle Sounders FC make it look easy but how easy is it really? Test your soccer skills and score a chance at winning a new 2009 Bayliner 175. Kick the ball in the back of the net at Qwest Field Event Center and score a soccer goal and you will be entered to win this fun, family runabout.


Sit Behind the Wheel of a 1955 Vintage Hydroplane:  Attention Seafair fans! The Seafair Logboom Lounge will include a replica vintage 1955 hydroplane, the Miss Thriftway. Showgoers will be able to climb into the cockpit, check it out and have their picture taken. On Thursday February 4, 5-7pm attendees can meet legendary hydroplane Chip Hanauer and ask him questions about his historic career.


Boat Show on a Budget: see the show mid-week after 5pm and your ticket is only $8. Or do dinner and a show (boat show tickets, free parking, fish and chips and a beverage at FX McRory’s for $20). Happy Hour daily all day at South Lake Union: your ticket gets you a complimentary appetizer.


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


YOUTH (11-17): $5
KIDS 10 and Under: Free
5-Day BIG Show Pass! $24 (NEW FOR 2010)
Weeknights after 5pm: $8


Purchase tickets online at www.seattleboatshow.com 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.



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