The next year’s 68th edition of the Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat will open its doors on January 23. The event represents the largest boat show on the West Coast and the third largest show in North America. The 10-day show is a not-to-be-missed event on the calendar of Washington state boaters, plenty of whom have been faithfully participating for decades, and now bring their kids or grandkids as part of the tradition. As well as they feel they know the show, they might be surprised by some of the fun facts and trivia about the show and boating in the Northwest.
Seattle Boat Show by the Numbers— Did You Know?
$454M Total value of all boats sold in Washington for 2013 calendar year
$21.5M Most expensive boat in the 2014 show
317,624 Square feet of on-the-water space to explore
51,684 Attendance at 2014 Seattle Boat Show
44,000 Amount (in dollars) of the most expensive boat ever given away at the show, a 2007 Chris Craft Speedster
30,000 Distance (in feet) if all boats in the show were lined up end to end.
Also the commonly used cruising altitude for airlines.
12,000 Average value (in dollars) of a boat sold in Washington in 2013
7,428 Miles travelled by attendee who came from Dubai
3,600 Linear feet of red carpet used at CenturyLink Field Event Center. The equivalent of the Space Needle stacked on top of itself 6 times!
1947 The year the first Seattle Boat Show was held
444 Number of exhibitors at the show in 2014
225 Number of hours of free seminars at the show
148 Number of boat brands in the 2014 show
130 Largest boat in the 2014 show (measured in feet).
Also the most expensive boat in the show.
31 Number of states where e-ticket buyers traveled from in 2014 (plus 6 Canadian provinces)
26 Percentage of households in Washington state that own a boat
10 Length (in days) of the show. Unless the Seahawks do to the Super Bowl! Then it’s 9.
8 Smallest boat in the show (stuffs into a back pack)
5 Number of shuttles running continuously between venues
3 Number of acres of technology and accessory displays
1 Number of times the show called an audible and closed a day early. (It was to cheer the Seahawks on to victory in 2014!)
The Non Trivia Stuff: Know Before You Go
When: Friday, January 23 – Sunday, February 1, 2015
CenturyLink Field Event Center: 800 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle
South Lake Union: 901 Fairview Avenue N, Seattle
Free shuttle running continuously between both locations
Hours: CenturyLink Field Event Center
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 pm
Fridays: 11 am – 9 pm
Saturdays: 10 am – 8 pm
Sundays: 10 am – 6 pm*
South Lake Union
Weekdays: 11 a.m. – 5 pm
Weekends: 10 am – 5 pm*
* The show will close at 3pm on Sunday, February 1st
Adults: $12; Youth (11-17): $5
5-Day BIG Pass $24
Monday – Thursday after 5pm: $8 (And $5 parking after 5pm)
Kids 10 & under: Free