Seattle Boat Show promises more for boaters in 2018

Another year is coming to a close, which means the Seattle Boat Show is nearly on the horizon. And the 2018 show will mark a sea change for this popular Pacific Northwest event.

For the first time in the show’s 71-year history, there will be three locations — indoors at CenturyLink Field Event Center and afloat at South Lake Union, plus the newly added Bell Harbor Marina. What this means for show-goes is more to see and do at what was already the west coast’s largest boat show and the third largest in North America.

The 2018 show, which opens Friday, Jan. 26 and runs through Saturday, Feb 3, 2018, will have more boats on display, more free shuttles and more parking. Additionally, there are more hotels offering special packages for out-of-town attendees to choose from and more new seminar topics and presenters.

Here’s what’s on tap for the Seattle Boat Show in 2018:

More boats: There seems to be more boats at the show every year, but with the addition of Bell Harbor Marina, more locations also means more boats for attendees to gawk at and walk aboard. At press time, show applications were still flooding in, but all indications are that there will be a record number of boats on display for the 2018 show.

More new seminars: Simply put, people love seminars at the boat show — they are one of the most popular features year-in-and-year-out. The Seattle Boat Show has an extensive line-up of FREE boating and fishing seminars, plus advanced training classes for a fee through Boat Show University. It’s hard find another show that matches the Seattle seminar schedule in terms of the quality, variety and number of seminars offered. Regular seminar attendees will be pleased to note the number of new speakers and seminars for 2018. There are 25 new presenters, more panels and more new seminars focused on technology, electronics, communications and navigation. On the fishing stage alone there will be 19 new topics. Boat Show University will have more classes on weather, maintenance and cruising the Inside Passage.

More parking: Parking is always an issue in Seattle, but with the addition of Bell Harbor Marina comes convenient access to the Bell Street Parking Garage across the street. Even better, parking there will be free – all nine days of the show –  with the purchase of an e-ticket. There will also be free weekend parking at South Lake Union at the 300 Yale Street garage.

More hotels: For 2018 the Seattle Boat Show is partnering with six local hotels –  Courtyard Pioneer Square; Crowne Plaza Seattle; Silver Cloud Hotel Stadium; Marriott Residence Inn; Marriott Courtyard; and the Silver Cloud Lake Union– offering more choices than ever before for out-of-town showgoers. Visit for special rates and discount codes. 


For a complete list of exhibitors, seminars, travel package and ticket prices, please visit  E-tickets go on sale Dec. 1, 2017.

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2 Responses to Seattle Boat Show promises more for boaters in 2018

  1. Jim January 22, 2018 at 10:23 am #

    Sounds like a manufacturer who doesn’t want to participate. Whaaaaa!

    Don’t make statements that are not true! Go get a booth at FLIBS and see whether that cost you the same amount of money! $$$$$$$$

    That’s why you can’t get any space here, OH, they just added a third location!!!!!

    Sounds like a crybaby to me

  2. deckhand November 13, 2017 at 9:53 am #

    The Seattle Boat Show is a BIG Problem that won’t go away. It is way way tooooo long.

    Ft Lauderdale Boat Show the largest boat show in the world is 5 days. The Monaco Yacht Show is 5 days and the Los Angeles Boat Show is 4 days. The New York Boat Show is 5 days.

    Northwest boaters did you know that many boating manufacturers and exhibitors refuse to attend the Seattle Boat Show because of its extended length?

    Instead of the normal 4/5 days of salaries, hotel room, dining costs and rental car costs for the employee to the boating manufacturer, the Seattle Boat Show takes 9/10 days which is twice the cost of any other major boat shows and Seattle does not produce twice the sales for the manufacturer.

    This is making the Seattle Boat Show a financial liability that does not justify its costs to the boating manufacturer. Yes, the Seattle Boat Show is twice the cost $$$$$$$ to the manufacturer than any other major boat show. The boating companies choose to simply not attend and the northwest sailors and yachtsmen suffer from a lack of choice, price competition and newest products.

    It is high time the Seattle Boat Show fall in line with the rest of the boating industry and reduce the length of the Seattle Boat Show from 9 days to 4 or 5 days.

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