The Seattle Boat Show – the largest show on the West Coast – ties up dockside to CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union in downtown Seattle beginning Friday to Feb. 1.
The show has just about everything that floats from kayaks to huge yachts, and includes 235 free seminars on boating and other water-related activities, plus 57 on fishing and crabbing. Learn the secrets from the experts on “how to catch fish” in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Tom Nelson will offer tips on locating prawn-sized spot shrimp and Clyde McBrayer will reveal places to get Dungeness crab in Puget Sound.
Gary Krein and Nick Kester of All-Star Charters in Everett have years of knowledge on catching fish in local marine waterways. Mark Gavin has advice to successfully catch perch, trout and bass in Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish.
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.
Free admission will be offered Monday to Thursday after 5 p.m. for those who announce they are “Boatless in Seattle” at the ticket booth. Women can also attend the show for free at 5 p.m. on Jan. 26 for a seminar directed at women boaters.
Boat Show hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday expect at 3 p.m. on Feb. 1. Cost is $12 adults, five-day pass is $24; $5, youth ages 11-17; and kids under 10 are free. Mondays to Thursdays after 5 p.m. are $8. Details: www.seattleboatshow.com.