The Seattle Boat Show drops anchor Friday, Jan. 24 through, Saturday, Feb. 1 at CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union in downtown Seattle.
The show has every floating device from kayaks to huge yacht, and includes more than 200 free seminars on boating and other water-related activities, plus 60 on fishing and crabbing. These are valuable to gain knowledge on “how to catch fish” in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Gary Krein and Nick Kester of All-Star Charters in Everett, and Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide in Seattle, bring their expertise on where to catch salmon in Puget Sound to the show.
Those looking to book a summer fishing trip to southeast Alaska should check out Kevin McNamee of IslandViewResort and Charters based out of Sitka.
Tommy Donlin will offer his expertise on the coastal albacore tuna fishery, which has become a very popular late summer outing. Others include Salmon University’s Tom Nelson; KIRO Radio’s Outdoor Line show host T.J. Nelson; Dungeness crab expert Clyde McBrayer; Mike Jamboretz; Todd Schwartz; Bryce Molenkamp; and John Keizer.
Boating seminars include beginner topics on anchoring, boat launching, trailering, purchasing and detailing. More advanced subjects include sail trimming, night navigation, cold-water safety, ocean cruising and docking.
Experts for the Seattle Boat Show University will offer a program of 18 seminars. Three-hour programs are $39 each with a special package including four courses and boat show admission for $139. All-day expert training sessions are $195.
Boat Show hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday.
Cost is $12 adults, five-day pass is $24; $5, youth ages 11-17; and kids under 10 are free. Mondasy to Thursdays after 5 p.m. are $8. Details: www.seattleboatshow.com.