The 2022 Seattle Boat Show wrapped-up on Saturday, February 12, the last day of the 9-day event. The Show witnessed many enthusiastic boaters ready to get out on the water for the coming season. Waggoner personnel greeted many new boaters at the Waggoner Booth, along with seasoned boaters, and welcomed others who recently moved to the Pacific Northwest. Lumen Event Center was again the site for the indoor show, and Bell Harbor was the site for the in-water, afloat attractions. Attendees provided proof of Covid vaccinations, along with their boat show tickets at the door. All went well and attendance was surprisingly good, despite required Covid protocols, though attendance was lower than in non-Covid years. Many boaters took the opportunity to bring their boating partner on the “2 for 1 Tuesday,” a promotion by Peoples Bank.
The 2022 Boat Show offered one-hour in-person seminars, and Boat Show University two-hour virtual classes, sponsored by Boat Insurance Agency. Those who purchased the $99 Boat Show Seminar Package received a complimentary copy of the 2022 Waggoner Cruising Guide, a BoatU.S. membership, and exclusive access to viewing the recorded 19 Boat Show University Classes and the 72 one-hour Seminars for a period of three months. Boaters told us that they appreciate the flexibility to watch seminars and classes at their leisure. Seattle Boat Show Classes and Seminars are considered one of the highlights of the Boat Show and are described as some of the best in the country.
This popular, all-inclusive seminar package brought heavy traffic to the Waggoner Booth from visitors anxious to receive the latest edition of the Waggoner Guide. The synergistic partnership between NMTA (Northwest Marine Trade Association) and Waggoner, helped introduce the complex world of boating to a growing population of new boaters and important changes that seasoned boaters need to know. After two years of limited cruising and many changes at marinas resulting from Covid, boaters voiced their appreciation for the latest updates provided in the 2022 Waggoner Guide. Special pricing at the Boat Show for books, gear, boats, and inflatable dinghies put smiles on the faces of many boaters. From the Waggoner Booth, we saw several dinghies pass by on hand carts out the door with their happy new owners.
Boat Show attendees participated in many fun activities and social events while shopping the show floors, including the Wine Uncorked event held on Friday, February 4th, with wines served in souvenir 75th anniversary glasses. The Sails & Ales held Friday, February 11th, included the Long Putt Challenge; those that participated took home a gift certificate to Flatstick Pub for a complimentary round, and those who made a hole-in-one were entered to win a $50 gift certificate and a chance to win the grand prize raffle. Waggoner sponsored a raffle drawing to win a Garmin inReach Mini satellite messaging device; the winner will be announced soon.
Other activities included the Dogs on Deck Day, attended by well-behaved dogs, some sporting nautical attire, lead around by their proud owners. Photos were taken of the many different breeds in attendance; the winning dog will be featured on the cover of a springtime issue of 48 Degrees North. Children and adults alike participated in the 9-hole golf course, the Boat Show U.S.S. Open – mariners who navigated their way through the course located throughout the show were entered to win raffle prizes. New for the 2022 Boat Show was the Marine Industry Career Fair held on Monday, February 7; participants registered at a special designated Boat Show entrance to participate and received a free pass to the Boat Show.
Everyone seemed to love celebrating 75 years of boating in the Northwest at this year’s Seattle Boat Show. In honor of the occasion, classic boats from the 30’s and 40’s, along with a collection of historic photos, were on display thanks to the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society.
If you missed out on this year’s show, you won’t want to miss next year’s, which surely will be bigger and better than ever.