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1,000-plus watercraft on display at Seattle Boat Show

There will be more than 1,000 watercraft and displays from more than 400 exhibitors when the 68th annual Seattle Boat Show opens Friday.

The 10-day show, which typically attracts more than 50,000 people, is the largest boat show on the West Coast and the third largest in the nation.

Boats will be on display inside the CenturyLink Field Event Center and on the water at South Lake Union.

Among the boats of interest:

Stabicraft 2400 Supercab: Making its United States debut at the show, this boat from New Zealand allows boaters to spend the night on the water fishing or exploring. It also features the company’s wedge-shaped transom that makes fighting fish easier.

J/Boats’ J/122e: Making its West Coast debut, this 40-foot sailboat has been redesigned to give it a more modern look. It features a low keel with a draft of 7 feet, 2 inches. The J/122 can serve as a cruiser or a racing boat inshore and offshore.

Hobie 60 Katie Sue: This 60-foot catamaran was designed and built by Hobie Alter, founder of Hobie Catamarans. The powerboat can cruise at 20 knots and carried enough fuel to allow it reach Hawaii.

Regal 35 Sport Coupe: This 36-foot powerboat features electric slide-out lounges, power-actuated beds that convert from a day lounge to a queen-size bed, and full-beam, convertible hard tops.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: This year’s show will feature 235 free seminars, as well as the Boat Show University that offers seminars for a fee. Boat show organizers added 35 new free seminars this year, leading to the addition of a fourth stage. The free programs cover topics from boating safety to navigation, as well as fishing for salmon and crab. This will be the 10th year the university will be held, offering more in-depth courses and full-day sessions. There is a $39 fee for the three-hour courses.

WOMEN’S DAY: Women can get in for free on Women’s Day, Jan. 26. Go to the website for details on where to get a coupon. The day includes a number of sessions geared to women, including the Northwest Women in Boating panel discussion. Other sessions include single-handed sailing and tips for captains and mates.

KIDS ZONE: This area at the CenturyLink event center is just for young ones, offering a variety of free activities. Kids will be able to ride paddle boats, built a toy wooden boat, learn about marine organisms, race model boats using wind power, watch a wakeboard team work on a trampoline and learn why things float.

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