THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST MARINE TRADE ASSOCIATION AND ANACORTES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
After coming off a highly successful launch of the Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show in 2018, hopes are running high for the upcoming show on May 16-19 at the Port of Anacortes’ Cap Santé Marina that is projected to have more than 300 boats on display. The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) and Anacortes Chamber of Commerce have teamed up for this show set in one of region’s most popular boating areas.
“There is lots of strong energy from exhibitors as we head into the second annual Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show,” said Katie McPhail, the NMTA’s Boat Show Director. “I look forward to seeing how far we can grow in our second year. There is momentum for growth and a lot of potential!”
At the show attendees can soak in the sights of in-water and shore-side boats ranging from trailer-sized to premier yachts situated in the marina. Boats for sale include new and brokerage types in the water at the marina, and at nearby boatyards – Banana Belt Boats and Inside Passage Yacht Sales – located just south of the marina with free bus shuttle service. The huge 10,000-square foot shoreside tent will be filled with an array of boating accessories and electronics.
There will be a 50-percent Salmon for Soldiers’ ticket discount for active military and veterans during everyday of the show; and the Boat Show University at Cruiser’s College in the Marine Technology Center. Visitors can take part in the 50/50 Salmon for Soldiers’ Raffle that offer veterans fishing opportunities designed to help reduce stress while creating new relationships with others who love fishing.
In 2018, the show exceeded expectations with an attendance of 5,214 that included visitors from 15 different U.S. states as well as Canada and featured 287 boats on display set in the heart of a beautiful waterfront community and gem of all marinas.
“After last year’s successful show and the growing interest in boating, we’re excited about the upcoming event,” said Kelly Hawley, owner of Tom-n-Jerry’s Boat Center Inc. and Master Marine Boat Center Inc. in Mount Vernon. “The layout is much nicer than last year and will be much easier for potential buyers and current boat owners to navigate.”
Anacortes is conveniently situated between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia with more than 40 marine-related businesses to cover every boater’s wants and needs. Details: https://anacortesboatandyachtshow.com/.
Cost is $10 for adults; $15 for unlimited pass; youth 17-and-under are free; 50-percent off for current military and veterans every day of show; and Yacht Club Members get in free on Thursday and Friday. E-tickets are on sale and include a 12-month subscription to Sea Magazine and/or Boating World.
Hotel, Shopping and Dining
Accommodations are available for all price ranges with several offering pristine views of the surrounding waters. Attendees who stay at participating hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast locales will receive one free ticket per adult guest per stay to the show. For details, go to https://anacortes.org/.
Things to do
There are many sights to see, places to shop and restaurants from casual to fine dining. The Anacortes Farmers Market happens on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors offer farmers produce, food and vibrant art plus live music. After the show, head over to Swinomish Casino & Lodge or take a hike and soak in sunset views at Mount Erie Park, the highest point on Fidalgo Island. Other activities include exploring nearby Washington Park and Deception Pass State Park; whale watching with local charter-boat businesses; having a picnic or strolling at Storvik Park or Seafarers Memorial Park; or viewing the Anacortes Mural Project on Commercial Avenue.