I figure it's about time to be thinking about the Seattle Boat show. Tom and I organized it last year and I'm certainly willing to make similar arrangements again this year. However, some who are used to the previous events may rather have it revert to earlier form. E.g. last year, many of us booked a room at the Silver Cloud Inn adjacent to Century Link Field where the boat show is held. We did a Friday night gathering out at the Snoqualmie Falls Brewery and a Sat. night gathering at a chinese restaurant that was about 0.75 miles away (a 15min walk). Sam Landsman regaled us with a slide show about his Seattle to Alaska trip on Friday night and Sat. night was nice group dinner/BS session.
Personally, I really liked staying close to the boat show and I had plenty of contact with my C-Brat buddies at dinner and in the bar at the hotel. Others, I'm sure, missed the traditional, longer potlock at the other hotel in Renton. I'm willing to do things either way and I'm willing to take this event on again. But rather than ruffle any feathers, I thought I'd ask the group for opinions.
1) Would you rather stay adjacent to the boat show (where doing a potluck is more difficult, the rooms are more expensive and parking costs a good bit) or would you prefer a hotel that is considerably farther away (where the potluck can be done, the rooms cost less and parking is free)? and
2) Would you rather do the first weekend or the second?
A few notes:
A) Parking at the hotel was around $24/night but it wasn't necessary to pay for parking at the boat show ($12/day) since I could walk.
B) Last year, rooms at the Silver Cloud Inn were $129 for a king room and $139 double queen room plus taxes. I think that compares to around $89-104/room (for larger rooms) in Renton (14 miles from the boat show).
C) I'd prefer to do the second weekend rather than the first. The reason I prefer the second is that some vendors (in particular LFS) sell the remaining stock off cheap on the last Sunday of the boat show. So if the C-Brat gather is the first weekend, I always wind up going back on the last day to catch a few bargains.
NOTE: I have not yet asked Pat or David if they'd be willing to make similar arrangements at the brewery as last year (so that may or may not be possible - but I've had fun there).
So folks, give me your feedback or if you wish, volunteer to run it a completely different way. I'll be happy no matter what and I'm sure I'll find a way to see many of my C-Brat brethren at the show.