All aboard for 35th Annual Boats Afloat in Seattle


by KING 5 News

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 12:35 PM

SEATTLE -- Dozens of boats are tied up side-by-side on South Lake Union with Mega-Yachts sharing the water with sailboats and cabin cruisers. The 35th Annual Boats Afloat show offers one-stop shopping for boat lovers of all kinds.

Starting today more than 200 new and used vessels from 20 to 90 feet are on display for customers.

"People will have access to any kind of boat they like, plus there are activities for kids and adults during this event," said Bonnie Roberson with Boats Afloat.

The Boats Afloat show includes free activities for kids including sailing lessons. All ages can enjoy the Center for Wooden Boats hands-on toy boat building activity.

Safety on the water is also included -- Stearns life jackets will be giving away 500 free life jackets over the weekend.

One of the main attractions at the show will be a 90-foot mega yacht, the Ocean Alexander. The luxury boat boasts six bathrooms, three staterooms and a hot tub.

"People will be able to walk aboard, but they will need to be with a broker," said Paul Groesbeck, the Ocean Alexander broker.

Sailing lessons are being offered for the first time this year. Seattle Sailing Club will offer introduction-to-sailing packages. Participants will get a combination of training on land and on the water. The package costs $50 and includes two-day admission to the show.

"It's a real hands on experience, after the class on land we go out for an hour and half on the water, it's fun for everyone," said Joe Cline, of Seattle Sailing Club.
The 5 day show runs Wednesday through Sunday. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend.

Tickets cost $12 for adults and $5 for kids 11-17. Kids under 11 are free. Tickets can be purchased online.