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    Seattle Boat Show celebrates 75th anniversary

    Feb 4, 2022 through Feb 12, 2022.

    Seattle Boat Show Celebrates 75th Anniversary

    The Seattle Boat Show will be celebrating 75 years on Feb 4, 2022. The show will feature 255 exhibitors with more than 800 new and brokerage boats, as well as 13 marine dealers.

    The event will be held indoors at Lumen Field Event Center and on the water at Bell Harbor Marina. Boats on display will include a 1948 20′ custom Chris Craft, a 1955 Chris Craft Capri and a very rare 1958-59 Chris Craft Silver.

    A historical photo display of the past 75 years will document the show’s moves from the Washington National Guard Armory to the Seattle Center Coliseum to the Kingdome, followed by dropping anchor at Seahawks Stadium and Exhibition Center in 2000 – which is now known as the Lumen Field Event Center.

    The display will include a look back at boats and outfits through the years and classic promotions such as Boat Show Queen and Boat Show Family of the Year.

    There will also be a long putt challenge, starting on Feb 4, and running until Feb 11. Attendees can play mini golf at the Long Putt Challenge located inside the Boaters Lounge. All participants will receive a gift certificate to Flatstick Pub for a complimentary round. Winners who sink a putt will win a gift certificate of at least $50 and be entered into a raffle for the grand prize.

    On February 7, women can attend the show for free and enjoy numerous seminars designed specifically for women, by women boaters.

    It’s the perfect opportunity to meet, learn and get inspired by some of the most experienced and talented women boaters around. Visit Seattle Boat Show to print the complimentary pass. Women are free at both locations. Seminars are at Lumen Field Event Center.

    There’s a special day at Lumen Field Event Center just for furry first mates, on February 10. Their owners can make a custom dog tag at the on-site engraving machine and stop by the photo booth, have some fun with the props and enter to win the cover dog contest.

    The winning dog will be featured on the cover of a springtime issue of 48° North. Those arriving after 5pm for Yappy Hour can take home a dog life vest courtesy of Connelly Watersports (while supplies last). Dogs are welcome every day of the show at Bell Harbor. 

    Entertaining and educational, the seminars are always one of the most popular features at the show. New for the 2022 show is an online component.

    Attendees who can’t make all the in-person seminars on their list, or wish to revisit a favourite seminar, can watch the complete library of nine show days’ worth of boating and fishing seminars from the comfort of home for three months post-show.

    The $99 dollar seminar ticket package includes multi-day admission to the show (a $36 value) and a boatload of goodies, including a copy of the Waggoner Cruising Guide.

    Boat Show U classes will be offered as online webinars and are available to watch live (online only)during the show or on-demand until May 15,2022 with a seminar package ticket. This is an incredible value add to the ticket as Boat Show U courses were previously $55 each.



    Adult Admission: $18.00

    9 – Day Pass: $36.00

    2 For 1 Tuesday: $18.00

    Seminar Package: $99.00


    Seminar Package includes 9 days admission to the show, a Waggoner Cruising Guide, a BOAT U.S Basic Membership, and 3-month access to the online seminar library, to re-watch all fishing, boating, and sailing seminars as well as Boat Show University classes.

    Kids 17 and under get in free.


    A free shuttle runs continuously between both locations.

    For specific details about hours, exhibitors, seminars and attractions, visit


    The show will be following all State and local Covid-19 protocols.



    Lisa Samuelson

    Samuelson Communications

    Cell: 206-954-2574



Eastern US

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    SOS in “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”


    By: Del Williams

    Surviving a storm at sea is just the start – taking emergency and preventive measures including use of a military-grade anti-corrosion lubricant and cleaner can get mariners cost-effectively sailing again sooner than ever


    Robert Adams was single-handedly piloting his 48-foot Sailing Vessel Guapa out of Cleveland, Ohio via the Erie Canal, heading home to Cape Coral, Florida on the night of September 5, 2021, when he sailed into a storm. The vessel began taking on water from an unknown cause in the middle of “The Graveyard of the Atlantic.”

    “Off of Cape Hatteras at sea, I was doing night watch with a 30-knot wind and 15-foot-high waves. At about 5:00 AM I woke up and heard a really loud, squealing sound. It was my motor halfway underwater. I couldn’t find where the water was coming from,” says Adams. Although he did not know it at the time, a transducer had broken and had left a one-inch hole in the bottom of the SV Guapa, a 32-ton vessel now in danger of sinking.

    Cape Hatteras in North Carolina is in an area known for centuries as “the Graveyard of the Atlantic.” More than 6,000 ships have met their doom in the waters along the North Carolina coast, according to the recent book, Shipwrecks of the Outer Banks: Dramatic Rescues and Fantastic Wrecks in the Graveyard of the Atlantic by James D. Charlet. In this perilous region, the combination of mixing currents, treacherous coastline, and shifting underwater sandbars can spell disaster for even the most seasoned sailor.

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    Accidents and mishaps on the water are unpredictable for recreational boaters including yachtsmen and women from the Chesapeake Bay to the Caribbean and around the Gulf. When the risk factors add up the combination can be life-threatening: at sea in a treacherous area, in stormy weather, and alone in the dark, etc. How mariners survive, repair their vessels, and live to sail another day becomes a legendary sea tale.

    Even then any soaking or submersion of vital equipment and electronics in seawater can be extraordinarily expensive without taking some preventative as well as emergency measures.

    When Adams radioed out an SOS, his distress call reached the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Fort Macon, North Carolina.

    “It shook me up when the Coast Guard radioed me back and started asking questions like ‘what color is your PFD’ [personal flotation device] and ‘what color is your dingy or raft?’ It was like they were preparing to find me floating at sea off my vessel,” he says.

    By the time the Coast Guard reached Adams, the water was about four feet deep inside the SV Guapa.

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    When TowBoatUS reached his vessel, operators were able to pump the water out and then tow it to a marina for an emergency overhaul. At the marina, power washing with freshwater was implemented to try to minimize the serious problems associated with saltwater spoilage and corrosion.

    “The interior of my vessel was essentially a complete loss. I lost all of my electronics, my battery, etc. I was able to save my diesel engine motor by treating many of its components with an anti-corrosion lubricant called StrikeHold Marine, which prevented corrosion,” says Adams.

    StrikeHold® Marine, a high-performance anti-corrosion lubricant/penetrant developed for U.S. military use in the most extreme conditions, is now available to stop and prevent saltwater rust and corrosion on all metal, recreational boat parts.

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    “I also treated the motor’s interior with it and was able to keep its bearings from seizing up while I went home for a week. When I got back to my vessel, I was able to start and run the motor, which I believe was due to treating it,” says Adams.

    To prevent failure and ensure reliable power and operation when boaters need it most, StrikeHold Marine’s 40K watt dielectric/non-conductive strength will also improve electrical performance by cleaning/protecting contacts, connections, and internal parts from corrosion. It is best applied as a preventive measure before exposure to seawater. After disconnecting terminals, it can be applied to batteries and all electrical connections, such as lights, circuit panels, and marine electronics. Due to its strong dielectric properties, it can restore optimum electrical connection as well.

    “If the Guapa’s gear and electrical equipment had been treated with the anti-corrosion lubricant before this event, much more would have been saved. A lot was damaged when the vessel filled with water,” says Adams.

    After SV Guapa’s overhaul, Adams completed his trip to Florida in mid-November 2021.  He knows how lucky he is to have survived his brush with disaster, with his vessel nearly foundering and sinking in ”The Graveyard of the Atlantic.”

    Today Adams takes every precaution possible to prevent problems and ensure that the SV Guapa is in good working order before sailing off into the unknown.

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    This includes using the anti-corrosion lubricant preventively to maintain good working order. The anti-corrosion lubricant and cleaner’s long-lasting, clear protective coating is non-greasy and contains no wax, silicon, Teflon or graphite to gum up mechanisms. The lubricant and cleaner can also be used to “work loose” stuck, corroded fasteners on equipment that needs servicing, as well as remove rust, dirt, and grime from metal parts. In addition to ongoing maintenance, the product can also be sprayed on engine components and marine equipment prior to long-term storage, to prevent corrosion.

    While the lure of the sea has beckoned sailors for hundreds of years, today’s recreational boaters are more prepared to prevent disasters and serious, costly corrosion with more advanced options, along with preparation and forethought.


    For more information, visit

    You can also call 678-883-3578, email info@strikeholdmarine, or write to StrikeHold Marine at 3434 Howell St. NW, Suite B, Duluth, GA  30096.

    StrikeHold is available at MSC Industrial Supply and Fastenal.

Western Canada

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    New Canadian Boat Club Opens with Capria Crane

    Okanagan Lake is a picturesque glacial fjord in British Columbia, Canada. It’s also home to Mission Group’s new drystack-only Aqua Boat Club, part of the developer’s Aqua Waterfront Village in the city of Kelowna. In comparing the many options available for moving boats from the storage building to the water, Mission Group chose the safety and ease of use of an eight-ton Top-Running Stacker Crane from CAPRIA S.A.New Canadian Boat Club Opens With Capria Crane

    Mission Group located its 30,160 sq. ft. 160-vessel drystack building away from its valuable mixed-use shoreline. With the structure’s narrow aisles and 64′ ceiling, forklifts weren’t the best choice.

    “We looked at our options and traveled to Canadian and US marinas for references,” said Austin Friesen, VP of Aqua Boat Club. “They voiced many annoyances regarding working with forklifts at heights. We wanted our operators to be able to move with the crane forks so as to mitigate accidents from a loss of depth perception.”

    CE-Marked and manufactured to ISO 9001 standards, the all-electric CAPRIA Top-Running Stacker Crane is semi-automated. As members select an arrival time using the Boat Cloud mobile app, the crane operator is notified of the request. Whether on a lower rack or nearer the ceiling, the operator is in an anti-fall cabin and always at eye level with the boat. This drastically reduces the chance of pulling a boat off centre or hitting an adjacent vessel while working.

    “Our crew has never been happier,” said Friesen. “The crane is simple to use and there’s no exhaust noise or dust kicked up from tires.”

    Once the boat is pulled, the operator uses the CAPRIA Top-Running Stacker Crane to place it on one of Aqua Boat Club’s loading trucks that then transports it to the water for launching. When the member arrives, the boat is fueled, potable water topped up and a complimentary bag of ice placed on board. The club currently moves 86 vessels a day but will grow this figure when they increase their ground loading slips from nine to 16. Once construction is finalized, the club will accommodate 193 boats of lengths up to 29.5′.

    Operating from May through September, Aqua Boat Club makes getting out on the water as simple and as fast as possible. Members don’t have to deal with the stress and hassles of trailering, nor the time-consuming tasks that come with it. With its optional Boat Sharing Program, members can choose from one of the club’s fleet of brand-new premium sport boats. The website is

    CAPRIA S.A. has manufactured precision heavy machinery for over 50 years and marine systems for over 20 years. With low-cost drystack installations around the world, it has a proven record of improving profits for its customers. The Buenos Aires, Argentina-based company has representatives in the U.S. and Canada.