Celebrate 75 Years of Boating in the Northwest!  - Seattle Boat Show

Celebrate 75 Years of Boating in the Northwest! 

Did you know that 1947 was an eventful year in Seattle history? Sea Tac began operating, Memorial Stadium opened, and Dorothy Stimson Bullitt bought KEVR-FM, the first piece of the KING broadcasting empire. 

Even more notable for us NW boaters, it was also the year of the FIRST Seattle Boat Show, on Lake Union, across from Bryant’s Marina !

Seventy-five years later we’re still celebrating boating. Along the way as we and Seattle grew, we moved — from Lake Union to the National Guard Armory to the Coliseum to the Kingdome to Lumen Field. 

In celebration of our 75th anniversary we dug into the archives to share with you some of these milestones and a fun look at boating through the decades.

Enjoy the historical photo display alongside of a display of some classic runabouts courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, collectors of gentlemen’s race boats, mahogany runabouts and brightly-colored ‘fiberglassics’. 

Boats on display will include a 1948 20′ custom Chris Craft,  a 1952 17′ Chris Craft Special Runabout, and a 1958 18′ Arenacraft “Fiberclassic” with Yellow tail fins that was in the 1958 Seattle Boat Show!

Those who grew up waterskiing on our lakes will enjoy seeing the 1984 MasterCraft – made for the owner of Jobe waterskis –  and marvel at the lack of electronics compared to today’s high tech tow boats.