View Full Version : Seattle Boat Show January 21 thru 30

Ballard Sailor
01-14-2011, 12:11 PM
Looking for to spending some time there this year. Who else is interested in going?

Quick primer article here. (http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/content.php?1009-The-Big-Seattle-Boat-Show) The time laps build video is kinda cool.

01-14-2011, 12:46 PM
See ya there.

01-14-2011, 03:23 PM
We got the Portland Boat Show goin this weekend. Went to the VIP night on Tuesday with the West Coast Sailing guys. Decent show, there was a real nice finished i550 there, plus the dinghies WCS brought.

Doubt I'll make it up there for your guys show though. Enjoy!

Ballard Sailor
01-15-2011, 09:10 AM
Love the I550, wish the wife would let me build one.

01-17-2011, 11:51 PM
Going down Friday night for Saturday. Was wondering what I was going to do with the train and hotel reservations had the Seahawks continued their streak.

Just me this time. Last time my wife came along. She was so hungry (the expression is 'hangry') during the floating show that she insisted we go to the nearest restaurant.

It was Hooters.

She didn't care.

Now that's hungry.

01-19-2011, 11:22 AM
going on sat. with wife and toddler, looking forward to seeing the left coast dart and maybe a c-dory or ranger tug.

01-20-2011, 10:03 AM
Anyone wanting to drop off a WIRW registration can do it at the PRISM Graphics both. Take advantage of the $ on early registration.

01-20-2011, 10:09 AM
+1 on the i550 ben!

Ballard Sailor
01-20-2011, 10:12 AM
and you've got the perfect shed for it!

01-20-2011, 08:09 PM
and you've got the perfect shed for it!
yeah, I will be happy to remove unnecessary jib tracks this winter. Santa forgot to bring free time for me.

Ballard Sailor
01-26-2011, 07:09 PM
"Weer Yah goin' Sven?" "Ole, I'ma goin to da Big Seattle a' Boat Show, ders only a 'pinch a' days left!" "Whaderya goin for Sven?" "Ta see de boy's at Ballard Sails Ole, weer else?"


I have never seen so many happy vendors at a boat show in my life! The guys and gals working the booths at the Big Seattle Boat Show are in an amazing mood, and it's because people like you and me are showing up, chatting up, and buying up what they are selling. Some booths have happy hours if you know the right people - the boys at Ballard Sails are even giving out prizes for anyone wearing a Pressure Drop t-shirt! Now that's a great advertiser!

"The PNW's Favorite Sailmaker" says Pressure-Drop-us
Joe Greiser and Ballard Sails

Ballard Sails has set up a great booth with some spectacular pictures of their products - ask them for the Muffin shot - you won't be disappointed. They've got a great mock-up fat head mainsail, some samples of the various materials they can make you a sail out of and they would love for you to stop by and get a quote on whatever sails, covers, or really anything, that you need. While I was standing there an old Ballardite that now lives in San Diego came by saying he flew all the way up here to do the boat show with the express focus of visiting the Ballard Sail (http://ballardsails.com/)s booth to meet the owners, check out their products and get some quotes on sails with a "Made in Ballard" sticker on em'. This is the only place in the world you can order them folks, Yah Sure, Ya-betcha!

"The PNW's Favorite Rigger" says Pressure-Drop.us
Andy Schwenk and NW Rigging

Sven and Ole's little brother Andy is another amazing highlight of the boat show. Northwest Rigging has set up some great videos and rigging examples to hook you into upgrading that boat of yours. You need a new halyard? These are the guys. You want to bring that old 70' race boat you have into the modern racing scene? These guys can do it. Based out of Anacortes, Washington - Northwest Rigging (http://www.northwestrigging.com/index.cfm) has the added bonus of being in the center of US based modern boat building experts. They can re-rig your boat while Betts opens the transom and installs new bulkheads and then deliver the boat back down the coast to you! No job too small, no project too big for the experts at Northwest Rigging.

"The PNW's Favorite New Sport Boat," says Pressure-Drop.us
The Left Coast Dart

If you're looking for a US built sportboat that is easy to sail, that your kids will feel comfortable on and that your wife will want to overnight in, the Left Coast Dart is your boat! Visit Colin at the Left Coast Dart booth at the boat show and have him give you a play by play tour of this amazing little boat. As an owner of a Moore 24 that is constantly reminded how the great building practices of Ron Moore have consistently taken a beating and lasted over 30 years, I was amazed at the similarities I saw below on the Dart. No exposed wiring, perfect joinery, simple layout with ample room. Once your down below checking out its' room, Colin will start to point out the amazing, one of a kind features that where designed into the Dart. First Colin will say, "turn the lights off" you'll look around, see no switches anywhere and then say "No way, touch lights!"


These things are amazing! It looks like a brass cup pull you'd have on your kitchen cabinet, but inside is LED lights that use only 150 milliamps of power. No switches to replace in 5 years after they corrode away, no extra wiring, just touch the pull to turn it on or off. Once your done playing with this amazing little feature Colin will look at you and say "now where is the stereo that music is coming out of?" You'll find the MP3 player hooked up and running, but that's it, just an MP3 player plugged into the bulkhead. Huh?


WOW, that's it! We're all using digital music on our boats now, why have that huge heavy stereo that drains the batteries away and corrodes out after a year or two. For the same price you can have this light waterproof little gadget that will amaze your crew and slipmates. You'll be so amazed when you visit this boat that as your walking away you'll forget that when you got there you where just looking at another new boat. Check out their website (http://www.leftcoast.biz/iWeb/Left_Coast/Home.html) for information on all of these amazing new products.

"The PNW's Freak Show," says Pressure-Drop.us

And then there are these Crazy people. They are standing on Wakeboards holding a tow rope until the last person is standing or the end of the day on Saturday, they began on Wednesday evening... The last one standing wins the boat the ropes are tied to. My vote is on the short girl top right. Go the the Big Seattle Boat Show website (http://seattleboatshow.com/) to keep up on the live feed of the freak show!

"The PNW's Best New Cruiser," says Pressure-Drop.us
Jennifer's New Liveaboard

When you're done at the indoor show hop on a shuttle bus and head on out to the floating show on South lake Union. Now there are a ton of powerboats backed into the docks for you to oggle at the size of their fuel tanks, but once your by them stop on in at Marine Service Center's (http://www.marinesc.com/) slips and ask Jeff to show you the Jeneau SO 409. Now I know what your thinking - "Really a sun odyssey? Those things have crazy layouts, open dance floors and two heads!" But step back and look at this 409, take in its' hard chines (I'm a sucker for chines) and its' somewhat aggressive look that the cabin windows give it. Climb onboard and notice the real teak decks, glued down, no screws. Notice the Harken products throughout and the simple deck layout. Now here is the kicker, step below and notice that the 409, although spacious, is laid out like a boat! One head, tons of storage, no dance floor in the salon....and wait - it's made in the USA! Wow, if the wife will sell our house I think I've found our new liveaboard!

"The PNW's Favorite Accessory," says Pressure-Drop.us
316 Stainless

Now the Big Seattle Boat Show isn't focused on Sailing like the Strictly Sail shows and you're going to find a bunch of power boats, ski boats and fishing boats. If you look closely you'll find a unique company like Burnewiin (http://www.burnewiin.com/index.php), from Hood River, Oregon that is making a product that each of us needs on our sailboat. It's heavy but it's a 316 stainless bottle opener that you can mount in the cockpit without worry of rust or corrosion. Think of what this one little item will do for your crew moral.

Fun show this year, there is still a few days left, bring a bottle of rum with you and pass out some shots to the great PNW sailing vendors that are attending the show and tell 'em thanks for making it fun.

Ballard Sailor
01-27-2011, 06:32 PM
24 hours in and it looks like they are down to 8 people - this photo updates every 3 minutes...


Ballard Sailor
01-28-2011, 11:05 AM
Down to 6 - my money's still on Ugg boots girl!

Ballard Sailor
01-28-2011, 03:20 PM
Uh oh, down to 5 freaks.

01-31-2011, 03:46 PM
Who won?

01-31-2011, 04:09 PM
"The PNW's Favorite Accessory," says Pressure-Drop.us
316 Stainless

If you look closely you'll find a unique company like Burnewiin (http://www.burnewiin.com/index.php), from Hood River, Oregon that is making a product that each of us needs on our sailboat. It's heavy but it's a 316 stainless bottle opener that you can mount in the cockpit without worry of rust or corrosion. Think of what this one little item will do for your crew moral.

Wow, thought it was a new style of halyard lock for the mast.
The Foredeck Union may want one.

Ballard Sailor
01-31-2011, 04:18 PM
Those beer openers are cool, and you should see the massive fasteners it comes with. Swing on Down to Ballard Sails to check out out, they just installed it today. Put one of these on the mast just below the gooseneck.