The Seattle Boat Show is underway at its two locations – indoors at CenturyLink Field (home of the Seattle Seahawks) and outdoors and afloat at South Lake Union – and there are some great boats
making their regional debut in both locations.
And thanks to Seattle's representation in the Super Bowl, the show will run through Saturday Feb 1—not Sunday, as originally scheduled.
Minor Offshore 28
Among the powerboats is the Minor Offshore 28, an all season family cruiser built in Kokkola on the west coast of Finland which is no stranger to autumn gales and long cold winters. Safety, comfort and speed are key attributes for the local dealer Brian Krantz of Inside Passage Yacht. He says he is particularly impressed with the privacy available in the forward stateroom, as well as how safe it is for children, older people and fishermen to walk around the boat even at high speed.
(Watch our Video First Look: Minor 25 and read about the Minor Offshore 25: A Four-Season Walkaround from Finland on uk.boats.com.)
Another powerboat stands out for its fuel economy (4 gallons an hour at 10 knots) and interior ambient light: the Greenline 33 Open Sedan with its aft sliding glass door and lift-up glass/flip out galley to the big covered cockpit.
For more info about this hybrid, read our full review: Greenline 33: The Real Green Deal
Beneteau Oceanis 38
On the sailboat side, the Beneteau Oceanis 38 is new to this region though it has been busy gathering awards elsewhere—and it’s easy to see why. Twin wheels, a full opening transom and a large light/bright modern interior are just some of its attractions. What particularly appealed to me are the unique options for the interior – Daysailer, Weekender and Cruiser. If you are new to boating and simply do not want to stay or cook on the boat you can start with the Daysailer, which has a large open interior with no partitions or panels. Then when you are ready to spend more time on the boat, you can very easily drop in a cabin that make it into a Weekender, or even the more advanced Cruiser version. (Watch our Video First Look: Beneteau Oceanis 38)
The new Tattoo 26 Powersailer is a natural choice for this part of the world. Built on the experience gained with the MacGregor 26 the Tattoo 26 is extremely easy to launch, rig and trail. Did I say fast? With the optional 60hp Suzuki 4 Stroke the boat is capable of 22 mph! Read our full review for more info: Tattoo 26: A Sailboat You Can Trailer
In addition to boats, the Seattle show has more than 200 seminars. There is also the Boat Show University series, presented in a three-hour class format. And if you want to learn more, take an all-day advanced training course offered on show weekdays. Boaters who wish to spend time cruising and exploring in this wonderful area would especially benefit from attending “Staying Local: Cruising Puget Sound from Olympia through the Gulf Islands,” or “Cruising in the Upper Half of British Columbia and into Ketchikan, Alaska.”
For more information, visit the Seattle Boat Show website.