Tickets go on sale this week for the 2012 Seattle Boat Show


SEATTLE – November 28, 2011 – With opening day of the 65th Annual Seattle Boat Show less than two months away, it’s not too early to start dreaming about new boats, gear and gadgets.


Tickets for the show, which runs from Jan. 27 through Feb. 5 at CenturyLink Field Event Center (former Quest Field) and on South Lake Union, go on sale Thursday online.


John Thorburn, vice president of communications and marketing for the Northwest Marine Trade Association, which co-produces the show, said the association has been signing up exhibitors almost every day and is expecting a big event.

“We’re in good shape with the show,” he said. “Some exhibitors have the same amount of space as last year, and some are being a little bit more aggressive.”


The show’s biggest exhibitor thus far is Lake Union Sea Ray, which will have more than 25,000 square feet of display space and 75 to 80 sport boats, cruisers, fishing boats and yachts. Those will include the Northwest premiere of the new Sea Ray 450 Sedan Bridge with joystick control and the new Boston Whaler 210 Montauk — the largest Montauk ever built.


Seattle Boat Company will have more new models than it has ever featured before at a January show, including the Cobalt 220, 26SD, 273, and A28, plus the Malibu Response TXi and 22 MXV.


Additionally, Stabicraft will debut a new 28-foot pilothouse boat designed for offshore fishing and Starcraft will show its new 20-foot Extreme, targeted for the waters of the Pacific Northwest.


Ocean Alexander is now the official dealer for Tiara Yachts and will be displaying a 2012 3100 Coronet, which offers “big boat attitude and a small boat’s handiness,” according to Boating magazine.


As in previous years, the show will be held at two locations. The outdoor portion of the show is at Seattle’s Lake Union, where several new boats will be making their West Coast debut.


Those include the new Jeanneau 44 Deck Salon and a Hunter e33, to be displayed by Marine Servicenter. Signature Yachts will have two new Beneteau models, the Oceanis 41 and 45, also making their West Coast debut.


Grand Banks will be featuring three new 2012 yachts: the 53 Aleutian RP, the 41 Heritage EU and the 46 Eastbay SX.


While boats are the main draw for many attendees, others come for the show’s many seminars. Organizers say the Seattle Boat Show is unmatched by any other show in North America in the variety and number of free seminars offered — more than 200 this year, with some 50 new ones on topics including:



The show’s website is being updated as new information becomes available about exhibitors, brands, seminars and promotions. Those who purchase tickets online will get a $20 gift card for Fred Meyer, a free cup of clam chowder at FX McRory’s and a free-one year boating magazine subscription.


Article by Deborah Bach, editor and co-founder of Three Sheets Northwest. She is an avid sailor and long-time professional journalist. You can find Deborah aboard Three Sheets, an Island Packet 38, with her husband Marty and their cat Lily. Original article appeared here.


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