Things are booming at the Seattle Boat Show, and there are still a few days left with the show closing Saturday night, February 3rd. Boats are selling, accessories are selling, new boat owners are running between booths ordering accessories and boatyard services. The repair yard schedules are filling up as people book their spring maintenance and the installation of new gear and modifications.
Seattle Boat Show Updates
The Seattle Boat Show, at the indoor Century Link Field and in the water at Lake Union, expanded this year to a third location at Bell Harbor Marina with courtesy shuttle bus service between all three locations. Bell Harbor has about 40 boats; Lake Union has about 110 boats and some uplands displays. This is the largest boat show on the West Coast.
In the Waggoner Cruising Guide booth (Booth East Hall 816 – please stop by) we have heard, “I just ordered a brand new Aspen 40 and would like to know all of the great places to cruise” or “I just bought a new Ranger Tug or Cutwater and got my courtesy Waggoner Guide and Ports and Passes, what other cruising guides should I get?” Business has been very busy for all.
What have we seen?
Would you like up to minute weather information delivered by satellite? SiriusXM Marine is showing new features on their system for satellite-delivered weather information that can be integrated and displayed on a number of chartplotter systems.
We are very excited about the new Mazu satellite delivery system. You can use the service free if you have internet access to either a web browser or an iPad (no Android tablet service yet other than through a browser). This weather service is worth taking a look at. Now if you are in a very remote area, such as northern BC or SE Alaska, you can purchase the satellite receiver hardware for about $1000, and you also get two way messaging, position reporting and SMS texting.
Fishing boats are a hot category with many fishing boats being purchased to chase trophy salmon or at least a good dinner.
Outboards are in, and they are big and powerful!
There are a lot of new designs with one-two, or even three outboards. The new outboard designs are fuel efficient and a compact power plant option. It is incredible to see the small relative size of a 300hp outboard system. Two 300hp engines can push a large boat around. We saw this trend at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show last November with many new cruising boat designs sporting 2-3 outboards at $20K to $25K each. When compared to modern diesel engines the cost per hp is very good. This is a trend we will see across more boat lines in the NW and BC. A look at the Ranger Tug and Cutwater booth showed many new designs with outboards by this prolific boat builder.
The show may generate 150 – 200 new boat orders! Imagine that many new boats out on the water next season, with happy new boaters and their families.
Captain Sue Petersen, the owner of the cover boat on the cover of the 2018 Waggoner Cruising Guide is reluctantly selling her well equipped and well loved, M/V Spinner. She is looking forward to cruising with her daughter and grandchild and needed a little more room. She is about to be the new owner of a Nordic Tug 42.
She purchased Spinner new and equipped her very well which suited her well as she cruised the Inside Passage. Spinner has only 960 hours on her 300hp Volvo engine. Her extra features are extensive and show Captain Sue’s well thought out configuration for cruising. Most importantly, Spinner can take you to many locations safely and soundly. Sue has cruised Spinner up to, and throughout SE Alaska and has the incredible pictures to show for it.
At $255,000 – and she will go fast.
Boat Show University Seminars Packed
There are a few seats left for the Friday and Saturday programs. Mike Beemer will be teaching the popular Troubleshooting Diesel and Electrical problems, and there are many free seminars available.
New Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show Announced for May 17-20
While the Seattle Boat Show is huge, there will be about 100-120 boats in the water at the Cap Sante Marina and around 40 trailerable boats on shore. Unique to this show will be a shuttle bus to see the brokerage boats on display in the local boatyards and a few boatyards will be open for tours. Stay tuned for more details in upcoming editions of Waggoner eNews.Typically the boat brokers have new and used boats to fit many different budgets to help get you and your family out on the water for the 2018 season.
Mark your calendar for – May 17-20 – for what we hope will be sunny and warm days celebrating boating!