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Showtime: Pacific Marine Expo

by Norris Comer

The annual commercial marine trade show is the largest on the West Coast

BoatShowThe early November sundown means more than just Thanksgiving turkey and the start of holiday shopping. It’s boat show, conference, and expo season in the Pacific Northwest! With the successful Boats Afloat Show 2016 in our rearview mirrors (September 14-18, 2016) and the Seattle Boat Show on the horizon (January 27 – February 4, 2017), we have the annual Pacific Marine Expo to look forward to on November 17 -19, 2016.

The Pacific Marine Expo is among the largest, if not the largest, commercial marine tradeshow on the West Coast and is aimed at those of us who make our livings on the water. While geared toward the commercial fisherman and professional mariners in the crowd, there is plenty for everyone whose blood is a bit saltier than the average landlubber. The more than 450 exhibitors include equipment companies, propulsion builders, and various suppliers who will showcase the latest the industry has to offer. Education sessions on topics like marine safety, business management, regulatory issues, and technical advancements are held throughout the day. On the less information-intensive side of things, there will be live demos, the famous Fisherman of the Year contest, a taping of Seattle Kitchen, performances by the Fisher Poets, and an industry bookstore to keep the atmosphere lively and diverse. Of course, end-of-day Happy Hours are standard, and promise to be great industry networking events for the savvy, and good times for the fun loving.

Check out the website for the full roster of exhibitors, educational seminars, and events (pacificmarineexpo.com). What’s more, admission is free online on or before November 16, 2016. The cost rises to $30 once the show gets going. Children under 18 are allowed, but only on the show floor during official hours and they must be accompanied by an adult.

The expo runs from 1000 hours to 1730 hours on Thursday, November 17 and Friday, November 18. The expo is also open on Saturday, November 19 from 1000 hours to 1400 hours. The venue of the Pacific Marine Expo 2016 is the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle, Washington.

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