When the Seattle Boat Show sails into town on Feb. 4, 2022, it will be the 75th anniversary of what began modestly in 1947, with 13 marine dealers pitching a tent on the shores of Lake Union. From those humble beginnings, it has grown into one of the most important boat shows in the country. The 75th Anniversary show, which runs through February 12, will feature 255 exhibitors with more than 800 new and brokerage boats—indoors at Lumen Field Event Center and on the water at Bell Harbor Marina—and the latest in marine accessories and technology.
In addition to being a place to shop for the boat of one’s dreams, the show has always been a celebration of boating and a place for boaters to rendezvous with friends, share boating memories, plan for summer adventures, and have some fun. The 75th show will be no different, with many promotions including:
An historical photo display documenting the show’s moves from the Washington National Guard Armory
to the Seattle Center Coliseum to the Kingdome, before dropping anchor at Seahawks Stadium &
Exhibition Center (now Lumen Field Event Center) in 2000. The display includes a look back at boats and
outfits through the years and classic promotions such as Boat Show Queen and Boat Show Family.