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More than 1,000 vessels to see at 10-day Seattle Boat Show

Seattle Boat Show, Jan. 27-Feb. 5, CenturyLink Event Center, Seattle.

Seattle Times staff

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Boating can be a year-round activity around here and whether you're looking for the latest accessories for your live-aboard vessel or daydreaming of summer recreation, the 10-day Seattle Boat Show has something for everyone, starting Friday.

Displays of more than 1,000 vessels, from multimillion-dollar yachts to kayaks and inflatables, are indoors at CenturyLink Field Event Center and outdoors at South Lake Union marinas. The show provides a world of ways to get on the water along with boating accessories, information and entertainment.

Specialty boats on display at CenturyLink include a fully restored 1957 classic Chris Craft, famous for its style and craftsmanship, and Seabreacher, a submersible vessel designed to look like an orca, able to reach speeds of 55 mph and jump as high as 15 feet out of the water. Kids can build a toy boat and try out paddle boats on the water indoors at CenturyLink.

Boating experts share their knowledge at seminars on everything from choosing and financing a boat, fishing and crabbing or writing a boating blog. For more experienced boaters, there are Boat Show University half-day courses on fishing, boat maintenance and cruising destinations. Contest prizes include a Lake Roosevelt houseboat vacation, a $2,500 marine-store shopping spree, and boat rentals. Play Pitch-A-Fish for the chance to win a pontoon boat.

Many boats, at both locations, are open for boarding; slip-on shoes and/or comfortable socks are a good idea if you'd like to hop aboard, since most exhibitors require visitors to remove their shoes.

The Seattle Boat Show continues daily through Feb. 5, with free shuttle transportation continuously between its two locations.

Seattle Boat Show

CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 3, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 5.

South Lake Union, Chandler's Cove marina, 901 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Feb. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 5.

Cost: $12/adults; $5/ages 11-17; ages 10 and younger free; $24/5-day pass. Most seminars included with admission; Boat Show University advance courses, $39/per session, packages available.

Getting there: Parking available in CenturyLink Field North Lot and Parking Garage, $11/day or $5/after 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday only. Sound Transit Link light-rail information, 206-398-5000 or soundtransit.org; Metro Transit information, 206-553-3000 or tripplanner.kingcounty.gov.

More information: www.seattleboatshow.com.

Madeline McKenzie: 206-464-8245 or mmckenzie@seattletimes.com

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