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Seattle Boat Show opens today

For the first time in its 71-year history, the Seattle Boat Show will be held at three locations — indoors at the CenturyLink Field Event Center and on the water at South Lake Union and the newly added Bell Harbor Marina.

The show opens today and will continue through Feb. 3.

Show management said the Seattle event is the largest boat show on the West Coast and the third-biggest in North America, with 1,000 recreational boats and more than 400 exhibitors. There will be shuttles to transport visitors among the show’s locations.

The addition of Bell Harbor Marina means more boats for visitors to see. The number of seminars also has increased. Some are free; there is a fee to participate in advanced training classes at Boat Show University.

There are 25 new presenters and new seminars on technology, electronics, communications and navigation. There will be 19 new topics on the fishing stage; Boat Show University has added classes on weather, maintenance and cruising the Inside Passage.

Admission is $15 for an adult and $5 for children from ages 11 to 17. Children ages 10 and younger will be admitted free. An unlimited pass with nine-day free parking is $40.

Tickets can be purchased at the show’s website.

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