Seattle Boat Show organizers optimistic

SEATTLE – Organizers of the 32nd annual Seattle Boat Show at Shilshole Bay Marina said they were pleased after the event’s opening Thursday, and that all signs looked positive for sales during the show, according to a statement they released recently.

Last year, the event saw more than 9,000 showgoers pass through its gates, and organizers said they are anticipating significant attendance this year as well.

An 18-foot Trophy boat was the first watercraft sold during the show — less than 45 minutes after gates opened, and more than 150 boats are on display in the marina and another 120 trailerable boats are shoreside.

“When attendees began arriving at the show yesterday, they were really amazed by the size and layout of the everything,” said George Harris, boat show director. “The show is literally packed with all varieties of boats. Since we moved the summer show to the Shilshole, this is the biggest it’s ever been.”

The show’s five-day run concludes on Sunday evening, Aug. 22.

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