Classic Boats Make HUGE Splash In Seattle. Huge!

seattle-boat-2The big Seattle Boat Show Indoors and Afloat, is the West Coast largest boat show featuring more than 1000 recreational watercraft, from standup paddleboard’s to super yachts and everything in between. There are 3 acres of accessories 225 free boating and fishing seminars and all the latest boating gear. It runs between January 27 and February 4. And of course the classic boat community is there BIG TIME!


Free rides for the kids! Actualy a fantastic idea! A Huge idea!

1955 Bally’s Speed Queen Kiddie Ride, owned and restored by Ike Kielgass.


This year the feature boat in our booth is a 1947 19 foot, Chris -Craft Racing Runabout. Owned by George Greer, and is a fresh restoration done by an amazing Northwest restorer Alan Thomle.

Hold on there is more.. Right? Ron? Anyone there? hellooooooo! Yooohoooo! Echo..hooooooo, hooo,hooo…


Great name!

Hold on, it gets HUGER!


An amazing, Rocker Boat built by another very talented, amazing, Northwest Restorer Rob DaPron. He built this for his daughter.

OK, HUGER water skis


On display some amazing, historical, locally built water skis, the O’Brien was one of the first to use a cupped bottom and wood inlay.


Another ski is the VELROB made in Everett Washington.


They sure fit a hole lotta history in the small booth!


tremendously interesting water ski is the Dolphin Akwa Skee. We were told by a gentleman visiting our booth, that these were actually use for jumping. They really tied a rope between the two tips of the skis to keep them together. Built in 1925!

All kidding aside about the huge show, the great folks at the pacific Northwest  Chapter of the ACBS have brought their “A” game to the event and.. OK, its a little lower case “a” but they are there, and we all should stand up and applaud. Why, because you are sitting on your fat aft reading this and they are out there trying – Go Ron! Go Huge!

9 replies
  1. MikeM
    MikeM says:

    Looks great. And I can add that it’s takes a huge effort and a lotta volunteerism to make that happen, headed up by the one and only Ron Stevenson. Way to go.

    • Ron in Seattle
      Ron in Seattle says:


      I don’t Matt had room enough to include all the names of people who helped make it happen! About 40 people! Very smart, amazing, interesting people! ;-}

  2. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    Perfect name on the kid’s ride boat. And a great way to keep them entertained while selling their parents on the fun of classic boating!

  3. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Nice display, great job PNC members. Just curious, our chapter use to do this but no longer due to lack of foresight by event coordinator. I assume the space is donated to you for use.

  4. Richard Daley
    Richard Daley says:

    Richard Daley
    The children’s ride boat is stellar
    Where do I get one ?
    Or does Ike have the market cornered?

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