Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show featuring Trawlerfest Coming May 18 - 20! - Seattle Boat Show

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show featuring Trawlerfest Coming May 18 – 20!

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show featuring Trawlerfest returns May 18 – 20

May 18 – 20, 2023: Boat Show

May 16 – 20, 2023: Seminars  


For Immediate Release: April 18, 2023


ANACORTES, WA – The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) and Anacortes Chamber of Commerce are once again teaming up with Trawlerfest for the 2023 Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show featuring Trawlerfest, May 18 – 20, 2023 in Anacortes, Wash.

The event will feature in-water and on-land displays with hundreds of boats at Cap Sante Marina and neighboring boatyards, plus the return of Trawlerfest’s highly regarded 25+ seminars and educational classes that will take place May 16 – 20 at the nearby walkable locations of Seafarers’ Memorial Park and the SVC Marine Technology Center. The show will also feature shoreside displays including trailerable boats, marine accessories, electronics, destinations, and service providers.

NMTA, also the producer of the Seattle Boat Show, is the nation’s oldest and largest regional marine trade association representing more than 550 companies in the recreational boating industry.

“Last year’s show was everything we hoped it would be with our new partnership,” said NMTA Boat Show Director Katie McPhail. “The Trawlerfest programming helped elevate the show and we are thrilled to be back with an exciting in-person event again in 2023.”

Trawlerfest is owned and operated by Active Interest Media, a media company that produces consumer and trade events, websites, and magazines including boating publications such as Power & Motoryacht, Soundings, SAIL, Yachts International, Anglers Journal, Soundings Trade Only and Passagemaker. Trawlerfest is AIM’s series of boat shows and educational events designed for cruising enthusiasts and has previously taken place at other locations in Washington including Bremerton and Seattle.

“We’re thrilled to continue the partnership with NMTA and the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce to have Trawlerfest return to the premiere cruising destination of Anacortes,” said President of AIM Marine Group Gary De Sanctis. “There couldn’t be a better setting to bring our education and community together in an intimate, rendezvous atmosphere and we look forward to bringing our first-class education & demonstrations experience once again to this fantastic boating event in May.”

Since 2018, NMTA has co-produced the Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show with the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, with the event being virtual in 2020 due to COVID-19 protocol.

“I said it last year and I’ll say it again,” said NMTA President & CEO George Harris. “Nothing beats a day on the water in Anacortes shopping for boats. It really is one of the best boater destinations in the country.”

Anacortes is conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver B.C. and as close as you can get to the San Juan Islands. Known for its maritime roots, the town has 40 marine-related businesses to cover every boater’s wants and needs. In addition, its beautiful downtown streets adjacent to the show boast an incredible variety of dining, shopping, and educational opportunities.

“The Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show serves as a powerful catalyst for the local economy,” said Anacortes Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Jesica Kiser. “Becoming renowned for its impressive selection of boats and wide range of exhibitors providing comprehensive boat-related services, the show continues to expand in size and success with each passing year.”

More information will be coming soon to

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Hotel, Shopping and Dining

Accommodations are available for all price ranges with several offering pristine views of the surrounding waters. Details:


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.


About the Northwest Marine Trade Association

The NMTA is the nation’s oldest and largest regional marine trade association. It represents more than 550 companies in the recreational boating industry, including boat dealers, boat brokers, marinas, boatyards, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers of boating accessories and services. The NMTA’s mission is to promote the growth of recreational boating and members’ businesses. The NMTA produces the Seattle Boat Show, the West Coast’s largest boat show and the Northwest Paddling Festival. Details:


About the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce

The Anacortes Chamber of Commerce is a member-based organization representing 500 businesses, community organizations and interested individuals. Its mission is to promote economic prosperity through innovative leadership, advocacy and collaborative community engagement. The Anacortes Chamber of Commerce also acts as the Destination Marketing Organization promoting to the traveling public and greeting guests to encourage them to Experience Anacortes – your island getaway. Details:


About Trawlerfest

Trawlerfest is Passagemaker’s stand-alone series of boat shows designed for cruising enthusiasts. Strategically located in key cruising regions nationwide, Trawlerfest features an impressive in-water selection of new and pre-owned cruising powerboats, the latest in marine gear and services, and first-class education & demonstrations. Trawlerfest is owned and operated by Active Interest Media, one of the world’s largest enthusiast media companies that produces consumer and trade events, websites, magazines, and films that reach millions of readers, fans, and attendees in 85 countries.