New Pacific Northwest boat show set for May

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The Northwest Marine Trade Association and the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce said they will co-produce the new Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show in Washington state in May.

The show is scheduled for May 17-20 at the Port of Anacortes’ Cap Sante Marina.

“In looking for a producer of a boat show in Anacortes we were all so impressed with the professionalism of the staff at the NMTA and the great events they create that it was an easy decision to make to partner with them,” Stephanie Hamilton, president of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. “We have a shared vision of building a show that is for everyone, from paddleboards to megayachts, on land and in the water, and to keep the cost for exhibitors reasonable.”

The organizers said the show will have in-water display space for new and brokerage boats, a shore-side tent for accessory displays, shore-side space for trailerable boats and more space for boats at dry storage facilities just south of the marina.

Organizers also said there will be space to display more than 300 boats, which would make the event the largest boat show ever held in Anacortes. It is expected to draw serious boat buyers from across the region and British Columbia.

Anacortes is one of the boating capitals of the Northwest. It is midway between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., and is the homeport for the San Juan Islands.

“The Anacortes waterfront and community are a perfect venue to showcase recreational boating and fishing outside of the hustle and bustle of Seattle,” said George Harris, president of the NMTA. “Anacortes is one of my favorite places in the Northwest, and where I keep my own boat. It’s only 90 minutes from Seattle and looks, smells and feels like boating from the minute you arrive.

“The NMTA board, Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, Port of Anacortes, local businesses and I are all excited about creating the next great boat show in the Northwest for our members,” he added.

Applications are available here. Companies that are interested in exhibiting, but want more information, can contact Harris at george@nmta.net.

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