What’s New at The 2014 Seattle Boat Show?

Seattle Boat Show 2014

There is a lot to look at and take in at the Seattle Boat Show (Indoors +Afloat) and always something new for boating enthusiasts of every persuasion. The 2014 Show will be notable for a number of new boat brands, brands returning who have been absent from the Show for a few years and  more than 35 new accessories exhibitors in the East Hall and Concourse.  The Seattle Boat Show is the largest show on the West Coast and the third largest in the U.S., and as such it is often the place where manufacturers choose to debut their new models.  2014 is no exception.

New brands and exhibitors
New exhibitors include Morgan Marine Service and Inside Passage Yachts. Inside Passage Yachts will be displaying the Minor Offshore28 Explorer, the  winner of the 2013 Powerboat of the Year in Great Britain and nominated for Best New Powerboat of the Year Under 30′ at the 2013 Newport Boat Show. Morgan Marine Service will have a Vanquish Boats 24’, a West Coast debut for the boat.  Blue Water Yachts will be introducing the Tattoo 26, from Tattoo Yachts, an all-new Florida-based company owned by Laura MacGregor Sharp (daughter of Roger MacGregor of MacGregor Yachts fame).  Back after an absence of several years are Bellingham Yachts (with a Back Cove 34 and 37 and Sabre Yachts 38), and Sundance (with a Prestige 50, a 49’ Crossover, a Jenneau NC14 45 and two Jenneau Merry Fishers 28.)

More debuts…
Four Beneteau sail and power models (represented by Signature Yachts) will make their West Coast debut, including Sail Magazine’s Boat of the Year, the Beneteau  Oceanis 38, the Swift Trawler 44, the Beneteau First 25 sailing yacht (all indoors at CenturyLink) and the Beneteau Oceanis 55 (on the water at South Lake Union). Hinckley Yachts will have their new T34 — also a West Coast debut —with the patented all new Hinckley JetStick II. Lake Union Sea Ray’s exhibit will include the all-new Bayliner 642 (a 21 foot cuddy style) arriving directly from Europe where it’s built. Stabicraft will be showing their all new 2100 Supercab, the first time the boat has been seen outside of Australia and New Zealand. Also making a Pacific Northwest debut is the Greenline 33 –a hybrid boat built in Slovenia and represented by Marine Servicecenter.

For a complete list of seminars visit:  http://www.seattleboatshow.com/seminars.html?d=2014-01-24

East Hall and Concourse new exhibitors
The East Hall and Concourse will have many new faces, including:
•    Alaska Boat Brokers
•    American Modern Insurance Group
•    Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
•    Anchorbuoy
•    Atlantic Towers & Croix Marine
•    Belina Interiors
•    Body Glove International
•    Churchill Brothers Marine Canvas
•    Citizens for a Healthy Bay
•    City of Gig Harbor
•    Department of Ecology
•    Dockside Solutions
•    Fenderhooks
•    Global Dock & Marina Systems
•    H&C Marina
•    Harbors Magazine
•    Hometown national Bank
•    Lakes Brand
•    Marlon Recreational Products
•    Nautical Classes
•    Northwest Maritime Center
•    Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
•    Olympia Yacht Club
•    Port of Port Townsend
•    Port of Poulsbo
•    Port Townsend Marine Trade Association
•    Road Runner Trailer
•    Sandale Utility Products
•    Springfree Trampoline
•    Sterling Marine
•    Sunds Lodge
•    TitanStraps
•    Tower Paddleboards

For a complete list of exhibitors and boat brands, visit www.SeattleBoatShow.com

Know Before You Go

When:                  Friday, January 24 – Sunday, February 2, 2014

Where:                CenturyLink Field Event Center                           South Lake Union
                800 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle              901 Fairview Avenue N, Seattle
Free shuttle running continuously between both locations
Hours:                  CenturyLink Field Event Center                                           South Lake Union
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 pm                    Weekdays: 11 a.m. – 5 pm
Fridays: 11 am – 10 pm                                          Weekends: 10 am – 5 pm*
Saturdays: 10 am – 8 pm                                            
Sundays: 10 am – 6 pm*                                          
* The show will close at 3pm on Sunday, February 2nd

Tickets:                Adults: $12; Youth (11-17): $5
5-Day BIG Pass$24
Monday – Thursday after 5pm: $8
Kids 10 & under: Free

Free parking is back! Purchase 4 or more adult tickets online and receive one day of free parking at the Seattle Boat Show.

Purchase a Family Pack for $49 and receive 2 adult tickets, 2 youth tickets, 4 hot dogs at CenturyLink Field and one day of free parking.

Buy your tickets online and also receive a free boating magazine, a free cup of clam chowder at FX McRory’s Restaurant, and a complimentary ticket to the 2014 Mastercraft Pro Wakeboard Tour held in July 2014 in Monroe, WA.

Neptunus 650F Review

Neptunus 650F 400

By Andy Adams

Over the years Canadian Yachting has had the pleasure of doing several boat review articles on new Neptunus models and we are familiar with the qualities that Neptunus is famous for. They have all been exceptional yachts, but this is the one I would most want to own myself. It’s a personal choice and a matter of taste as to whether you would prefer to have a sedan express model or a flybridge but in my opinion, the flybridge layout offers some wonderful attributes.

We met with Neptunus Managing Director Jan Willem De Jong this past fall to take the new Neptunus 650F out in Lake Ontario. 

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The Other Virgin Islands

Sunset off St John

By Mark Stevens

I was first seduced by the United States Virgin Islands during a ferry ride from St. Thomas to Tortola to begin one of our earliest British Virgin Islands charters nearly twenty years ago.

A perfect sunset off St. John with St. Thomas views for backdrop.

Clearing Pillsbury Sound, surrounded by voluptuous emerald mountains as the ferry sliced through royal blue waters, I was struck by the unspoiled ambiance of St. John, the island gliding past our starboard beam and the irresistible charm of a village called Cruz Bay visible from our quarter stern.

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