The Seattle Boat Show is the largest boatshow on the West Coast… so of course it’s always been a great one for boaters old and new alike. But this year, we think it’s going to be even better than ever. Why is that you say? Well…

Our own General Manager Katie Malik is now on the Boat Show Committee that organizes the whole thing! The Northwest Marine Trade Association board elected Katie to a 3-year term on the committee, starting with this coming show in 2024. We can’t say too much yet because plans are still in the works, but we think that you’ll be really thrilled by some of the exciting changes you’ll see this year that she’s working on…

  • A larger focus on NEW / FUTURE boaters: including fun and affordable paths to ownership (Small craft! Pocket yachts! Boatbuilding!)
  • SPECIAL GUESTS: Meet small-craft adventurers who are speaking about their Big Adventures in Small Boats! We’ll have opportunities at our booth and in seminars to grow your boating community, ask questions, and meet like-minded folks:

HOWARD RICESmall Craft Sailing with the 12′ Scamp!

Cape Horn SoloThursday Feb 8, 1:15 – 2 pm (Stage #2) 

Sailing Skills & the Small Craft Advantage: Friday Feb 9, noon-1pm (Stage #1) 

Strait of Magellan to the Southern OceanFriday Feb 9, 2-3pm (Stage #2) 


Tender Talk: Finding the Best Dinghy for You (featuring our 8-14′ models)

Tues Feb, 3pm (stage 1) and Sat Feb 10, 1:15 pm (stage 2) 

Sunday2/4/20243:00 PMScott JonesDream It, Build It: Boatbuilding in the Pacific NorthwestStage #1
Tuesday2/6/20243:00 PMKatie MalikTender Talk: Finding the Best Dinghy for YouStage #1
Thursday2/8/20241:15 PMHoward RiceCape Horn SoloStage #2
Friday2/9/202412:00 PMHoward RiceSailing Skills & the Small Craft AdvantageStage #1
Friday2/9/20241:15 PMScott JonesDream It, Build It: Boatbuilding in the Pacific NorthwestStage #2
Friday2/9/20242:15 PMHoward RiceThe Strait of Magellan to the Southern OceanStage #2
Saturday2/10/202412:00 PMKatie MalikTender Talk: Finding the Best Dinghy for YouStage #1
Special Guests
  • FUN ACTIVITIES: Check out the Kids Toy Boatbuilding activity over in the kids zone in the East Hall, supported by Gig Harbor Boat Works! In the Youth Boating Center you’ll also have opportunities to meet local nonprofits that can help get the family on the water through boatbuilding classes, learn-to-sail programs, and more.

AND OF COURSE, we’ll have our full model line on display in the West Hall, right on the main aisle. This is a fantastic opportunity to see all our boats, explore the options, and get a hands-on look at the boats you may have only seen online.

Bottom line: If you’ve never made it out to the Seattle Boat Show before, this is THE YEAR to mark it on your calendar and make it a point to get out here.

P.S. There’s even a bring-your-dog day on Thursday Feb 8th. You officially have no excuse.

Seattle Boat Show: Indoors & Afloat (General Information)

The 2024 Seattle Boat Show cruises into town on Friday, Feb 2 and sails on through Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. It’s the largest show on the West Coast with two locations: indoors at Lumen Field Event Center — with hundreds of vessels of all kinds and three acres of accessories and services — and on the water at the Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina. 

Free Boating and Fishing Seminars 

The show has always been known for its extensive line up of boating, fishing and Boat Show U seminars. For 2024, the show is back to the pre-pandemic formula of three stages for the in-person fishing and boating seminars. This means there will be 177 seminars to choose from in 2024 — 107 more than 2023 — covering everything from boating safety, fishing techniques, navigation, cruising and the latest innovations, technology, and more. 

Boat Show University (BSU) 

More in-depth boating courses for a fee are available through Boat show University — either in the form of a single day Boat Show University Course or a 9-Day BSU Package. The single-day courses include a 2-hour course, single day admission to the show and, NEW for 2024, a complimentary beer or wine at the BSU Experts reception held every evening from 4p – 6pm* in the new Seahawks Tunnel Club. The team at the Waggoner Cruising Guide will feature an expert guest every evening. 

There’s more to a boat show  

So, there’s more to a boat show than just the boats. Join us at the Seattle Boat Show for education seminars, community and fun! We’ll be bringing our entire fleet of Gig Harbor Boat Works boats for you to see. Immerse yourself in learning about boating – whether you’re a novice or an expert – there is something for everyone.