Boats Afloat


Aug 14, 2016

The 38th annual Seattle Boats Afloat Show on South Lake Union is the place to find the boat of your dreams. Hundreds of new and used boats from ski and wake boats, pontoons, trawlers, sail, cruisers and mega yachts will all be on display. As well as all the latest in gadgets, services and gear. The West Coast’s largest floating show, presented by Global Marine Insurance, gets underway at 11 am on Wednesday Sept. 14th and continues through 6 pm on Sunday 18th, 2016.

A sneak peak of exhibitors and boats of note includes:

Boats of Note: Power

The 35’ Regal Sport Coupe has all of the amenities of a 50-foot yacht in a 35-foot package. She features an unobstructed view through glass without taking away the option to enjoy those sunny days with a convertible top that retracts at the push of a button. Exhibitor: Alexander Marine USA

The newest Tiara Yachts dayboat is the Tiara 39’ Coupe with twin Volvo Penta IPS drives, joystick controls and glass cockpit instrumentation. The deck features a large cockpit with seating that includes helm seat (with wet bar and prep center behind), portside curved companion lounge and aft-facing lounge seat. Exhibitor: Alexander Marine USA

The 72’ Pilothouse Motoryacht from Ocean Alexander offers more beam, more living options and a more modern hull that gives you better speed with less fuel burn. Options in the master stateroom, include a private staircase entry, or a massive shower room or large whirlpool tub. Exhibitor: Alexander Marine USA

New to the Northwest is Sea Ray’s L-590, a member of the L-Class family. One of many standard features is the sophisticated joystick propulsion system that provides fingertip control.  The joystick means tight fairways and docks are a breeze, with easy movement in any direction. Sea Ray’s new 450 Sundancer, also a Northwest debut, has an open floorplan with panoramic windows and generous, interconnected social zones.  As for performance, the 450 Sundancer comes standard with Axius® or optional Zeus® propulsion system to ensure confidence in docking and overall operation.  Exhibitor: Lake Union Sea Ray

The 2009 65’ Outer Reef ‘GINGER’, has been maintained with an open checkbook and has undergone substantial upgrades since her original construction. The owners of GINGER have vast cruising experience and have outfitted her for true long range and live-aboard cruising in the Pacific Northwest. Exhibitor: Outer Reef Yachts

Premiere Yachts will be debuting two new 2017 Regency P Series Motor Yachts: a P63 Open Bridge and a P65 Hardtop Motor Yacht. Exhibitor: Premiere Yachts

Cutwater Boats will be introducing the first two models of its brand new Cutwater Sport series. The Cutwater 24 Sport has an open design with sunroofs and an open aft bulkhead with removable enclosure. The Cutwater 30 Sport is a serious fishing or cruising boat powered with twin Yamaha 250 HP motors. Optional downrigger plugs and pads or outriggers to make it the ultimate fishing machine.  Ranger Tugs will have its full lineup in the water including the new uber-popular R-23.  It’s powered with a 200 HP Yamaha outboard and cruises at 25 mph.

Exhibitor: Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Boats

The Nimbus 365 Coupe is a modern, Euro styled cruiser with a unique, asymmetrical “side-walk” deck layout. The extra wide deck is situated along the starboard side giving convenience and generous freedom of movement. Nimbus Coupes are available in three other models and come completely outfitted and ready to cruise. Exhibitor: Seattle Yachts.

From the world’s largest builder of cruising catamarans and making a Northwest debut  is the Fountaine Pajot MY-37 Power Catamaran. The entire port hull is an owner’s suite with a queen bed. The starboard hull has two staterooms with a large head and separate shower. Other features include a huge cockpit and flybridge for entertaining and a large galley with refrigerator drawers. Exhibitor: Signature Yachts

Making a Seattle debut are Qwest Pontoons, the leaders in in electric powered pontoon boats. They are stable, roomy, comfortable, economical, low maintenance and offer an environmentally friendly way to be on the water without on-going fuel costs.  Solar recharging adds convenience and green/free-energy.  Perfect for small lake boating. Exhibitor: Word Boats

Developed in utmost secrecy, Malibu’s new M235 was designed to be nothing less than the world’s most ultra-premium performance towboat. This extra-deep, 23-foot-5-inch machine has every single one of Malibu’s unique, revolutionary innovations, including the Integrated Surf Platform and the most luxurious interior and advanced helm in the industry. Exhibitor: Seattle Boat Company.

Boats of Note: Sail

All new for 2016, the Jeanneau Yacht 54 unique features include a patented terrace platform aft with built in lounge pads, retractable davits, and a sundeck with lounge pad and retractable awning on the foredeck.  She has a massive dual wheel cockpit with the working part aft, and forward of the helm are long bench seats with loungers that cradle you all the way forward. Exhibitor: Marine Service Center  

Making its US debut is the new Hanse 588. A key innovation and unique feature is the ‘Silent Master Cabin.’ The master cabin is insulated with specially developed insulation and shielded against noise of the yacht and the surroundings.  Other new features include six hull windows on each side which provide ample of light and are placed on eye level height of seating areas.  Exhibitor: JK3 Yachts

Beneteau’s new  Oceanis 41.1, is 1,200 pounds lighter than her predecessor for even better performance under sail.  She features an optional German Mainsheet System and a much brighter interior. She has a huge cockpit area with electric drop down transom and is available in a selection of interior layouts including two or three staterooms and one or two private heads.

Exhibitor: Signature Yachts

Ruby Kiss, a 2014 60’ Shannon custom motorsailor is an excellent opportunity to own a nearly new, true expedition style motorsailer with many special attributes such as 270 degree viewing from the salon.  She is a twin screw vessel for added maneuverability and power underway, and for economy, can be run on one engine, giving her a 3,000-mile range.  Exhibitor: Swiftsure Yachts.

All you need to know

What:                   South Lake Union Boats Afloat Show

When:                  Wednesday September 14th – Sunday September 18h, 2016

Hours:                  Weekdays 11am – 6pm

                                Weekends 10am – 6pm

Where:                 Chandler’s Cove, South Lake Union

                                901 Fairview Av N, Seattle, WA 98133

Tickets:                Buy your tickets online at

$12 for adults / $5 for kids 12-17 (kids under 11 are free).

$18 for a multi-day pass.

Weekdays 5-6 pm: $6

Adult sailing lesson package: $50 Intro-to-Sailing ticket includes 2-day admission, and a three hour on-water sailing lesson.

Buy your tickets online and receive a one-year subscription to 425 Magazine, $10 gift card to Chandler’s Crabhouse and a free one-hour paddleboard or kayak rental from Mt. to Sound Outfitters.

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