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Seattle Boat Show January 26-February 3
Northwest Marine Trade Association Announces Grow Boating Grants
The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) is pleased to announce the 2018 grant program for non-profits seeking assistance in promoting boating in the Pacific Northwest. The grants are being awarded through the NMTA’s Grow Boating program whose mission is to increase the number of boaters and encourage current boaters to boat more often. The NMTA will award multiple grants up to $20,000. “We’re very pleased to be able to continue supporting non-profit groups who share our mission of getting more people out on the water or introduced to the joys of boating into our 15th year,” said Mark Yuasa, NMTA’s director of Grow Boating.
Youth Boating Grant
Awarded to a group or organization seeking funding support for an event or program aimed specifically at getting or increasing youth participation in boating activities.
Discover Boating Grant
Awarded to a group or organization seeking funding support for an event or program aimed specifically at introducing new people to boating.
Boater Education / Safety Grant
Awarded to a group or organization seeking funding support for an event or program aimed specifically at educating new or current boaters on how to be safe on the water.
Completed applications must be received by February 5, 2018. Grants will be awarded by mid-April 2018. To apply for a NMTA Grow Boating grant, visit www.nmta.net/grow-boating
January 2018 marks a sea change for the Seattle Boat Show. For the first time in the show’s 71-year history, there will be three locations – indoors at CenturyLink Field Event Center and afloat at South Lake Union plus the newly added Bell Harbor Marina. What this means for attendees is that there will be more to see and do at what was already the west coast’s largest boat show and the third largest in North America. The 2018 show will have more boats on display and more free shuttles conveniently transporting attendees between all three locations. Additionally, there are more hotels offering special packages for out-of- town attendees to choose from and more new seminar topics and presenters.
More boats
The addition of Bell Harbor Marina to the mix provides attendees with not only more locations but also more boats to check out. At press time, show applications were still flooding in, but all indications are that there will be a record number of boats on display for the 2018 show.
More new seminars
One of the most popular features year-in and year-out at the Seattle Boat Show is the extensive line-up of free boating and fishing seminars and the advanced training classes for a fee through Boat Show University. No other show in North America matches the Seattle seminar schedule in terms of the quality, variety and number of seminars offered. Regular seminar attendees will be pleased to note the number of new speakers and seminars for 2018. There are 25 new presenters,
more panels, and more new seminars focused on technology, electronics, communications and navigation. On the fishing stage alone, there will be 19 new topics. Boat Show University will have more classes on weather, maintenance, and cruising the Inside Passage.
More parking
With the addition of Bell Harbor Marina comes convenient access to the Bell Street Parking Garage across the street. Even better, parking there will be free – all nine days of the show – with the purchase of an e-ticket. There will also be free weekend parking at South Lake Union at the 300 Yale Street garage.
More hotels
For 2018 the Seattle Boat Show is partnering with six local hotels– offering more choices than ever before for out- of-town showgoers.
About the Seattle Boat Show
There are more than three acres of the latest innovations in accessories, technology,andboatinggearondisplay indoors, plus hundreds of world-class yachts on the water at South Lake Union and Bell Harbor Marina. There are approximately 200 free seminars during the nine days of the show and advanced training classes for a fee through Boat Show University. A free shuttle runs continuously between all three locations.
For a complete list of exhibitors, seminars, travel package and ticket prices, please visit www.SeattleBoatShow.com E-tickets go on sale December 1, 2017.
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