Seattle Boat Show: full speed ahead


The Northwest Marine Trades Association has announced that “the wait is over” as it forges ahead at full throttle with plans for the return of its major in-person winter boat show, traditionally the largest such event in the world. Pacific Northwest.

“Our Seattle Boat Show, presented by Union Marine, is back,” said NMTA President George Harris. “We are thrilled to announce that our show will once again be raising its flag for the traditional 9-day race, February 4-12, 2022.”

While some big market shows have announced they won’t be bringing back this winter (Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta among them), others are recognizing the importance of “getting back in the game” as Cleveland Boat’s Michelle Burke puts it. Show. “The honeymoon is over. Our competitors for the recreational dollar are back. We need to stimulate the continued enthusiasm of all new boaters we have sold during the pandemic. We also need to fill our sales funnel and we believe that bringing our winter show back to Cleveland is the best way to do that,” she said.

To enhance the appeal of the Seattle show, the on-water portion of the event will move to the Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina. Formerly held at Chandler’s Cove, the new location will be more convenient for spectators. “It’s less than two miles from Lumen Field,” says Harris, “so transit time aboard our continuous fast shuttles will give attendees more time to get through the whole show.”

Aside from venues, Seattle is also introducing a powerful new seminar format for 2022. One of the main draws of the Seattle show has always been its wide range of seminars, among the most varied of any boat show in the industry. This year will feature over 70 seminars covering anchoring techniques, sail trim, no-impact mooring, diesel engine essentials, marine electrical system troubleshooting, tides and currents, squid fishing, with crab, shrimp, halibut and salmon and much more.

“A big new addition to our seminar programs this year,” says Harris, “will be the recording of all presentations which will then be available, on demand, in the show’s new online seminar library.”

A $99 seminar ticket package that includes multi-day admissions to the show plus a boatload of goodies, including a copy of the Wagon Guidewill be offered this year.

“Show attendees,” Harris continued, “who cannot attend all of the in-person seminars on their wish list will have access to the full Seminar Library, which will remain available for 3 months after the show.

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The return of the Seattle show also marks another milestone. This is the 75th anniversary of the founding of NMTA, first known in 1947 as Northwest Marine Industries, Inc.

“We took the opportunity to dust off box after box of old photos, slides and clippings,” says Harris, “and found many gems that reminded us of how important boating and fishing is. deeply rooted in our Northwest way of life. We got to see how our Seattle Boat Show has always been a celebration of boating and a place where boaters can catch up with friends, share memories, plan summer adventures and reminisce about past adventures and the old times. We are excited to bring this back.

According to show manager Katie McPhail, an initial 258 NMTA members are already set to celebrate the return of the show with 166 different new boat and brokerage brands to be exhibited at the two show venues.

Despite supply chain and inventory headaches, the big response to the return of the industry’s fall trade show circuit demonstrated that exhibitors are finding creative ways to be where the action is. . And record audience attendance at most of those shows clearly indicates strong expected turnout for the winter show circuit kicking off in Cleveland, Jan. 13-17.

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