Sketched Jan. 29, 2016
It’s that time of the year when thousands of people come down to CenturyLink Field. But not for a football game. The draw is the Seattle Boat Show, one of the largest of its kind on the West Coast.
More than 800 fishing and recreational boats are on display, and visitors can also take seminars about a variety of topics. I wrote down some names for you in case you are interested: Successful Puget Sound Shrimping, Dungeness Crabbing and Dirty Downrigger Tricks.
Almost ten years since I moved to Seattle, the boating bug hasn’t bitten me, but I always enjoy looking at beautiful vessels, especially classic wooden boats like Jerry Campbell’s 1947 Chris Craft Special Runabout Rocket. It’s elegant, colorful and built to a human scale.
For Campbell, a 77-year-old retired elementary school teacher from Tacoma, the hobby of restoring boats isn’t just a pastime. He said after seven stent implants to unblock arteries in recent years, working on boats keeps him active. “My doctor said get out and do something,” said Campbell. That’s why he named the boat “Dr.’s Orders.”
The Seattle Boat Show continues indoors at CenturyLink Field and afloat on South Lake Union until Feb. 6.