This year the show organizers (the Northwest Marine Trades Association) are trying to spice up evenings at the Seattle Boat Show. The blog Three Sheets Northwest has written a great piece covering the evening events (wine, beer and shows over the boats).
It has been difficult to encourage customers to come in the evenings, Seattle seems to be an early to bed, early to rise city. The events and return to hand craved meat sandwiches which we used to have in the old days at the King Dome will hopefully bring more people in after work.
If you want great attention from exhibitors, evenings along with Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are your best bets. Tickets are all ready on sale and I notice that free parking is once again an option (but you need to purchase 4 or more adult tickets online).
The 2013 Seattle Boat Show is about two months away but we are already busy preparing for it. Last Friday the show producer sent out their first draft of booth assignments. It appears we will be in the same general location on the west side of the concourse. The big change this year is Winslow Life Raft will be right next to us and we feel this will be a great move.
Over the past few years we have had great success selling our web straps at the show. Now whenever there is some free time webbing is being cut and buckles are being sewn on. This year we plan on bringing an even greater assortment to the show, new sizes and different buckle configurations. As always the best time of the year to buy straps and sail ties is at the show. We offer large discounts especially if you need 4 or more. Our special $1.00 side release buckle strap will also be returning.
We are also working on a new, less expensive 5:1 lifting tackle. It will still use high grade sailboat hardware but we think we have found a way to provide a dramatic price reduction. Hopefully by the first of December we will have more information, stay tuned.