Lake Union Boats Afloat Show Opens Thursday September 12

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The 41st annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show, the West Coast’s largest floating boat show, gets underway on South Lake Union at 11 am on Thursday, Sept. 12 and continues through 6 pm on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 and has more than 200 new and used boats on display.

The 41st annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show, the West Coast’s largest floating boat show, gets underway on South Lake Union at 11 am on Thursday, Sept. 12 and continues through 6 pm on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. For the newbie looking to get into boating, or the boater just back from a summer of cruising and lusting after a bigger boat, Boats Afloat is the place to kick some anchors. With more than 200 new and used boats on display there are plenty of anchors to kick. Some 40 shore side exhibitors with professional services from marine finance and insurance to electronics, marinas, shipping, accessories, gear and yacht maintenance will also exhibit at the show. Additional attractions include free family boat rides, kids sailing lessons, toy boat building and women’s docking clinics.

Selected Attractions and Promotions:    
Free family boat rides: Cruise Lake Union on a free 45-minute sailboat ride. Every day of the show, Seattle Sailing Club will have 26' to 35' sailboats available to ride – participants can get involved and help handle the lines or even steer the boat.

Sailing lessons: Seattle Sailing Club is offering a three-hour training course consisting of 1.5 hours of on-land instruction and 1.5 hours of on-water instruction. This daily introductory program is ideal for new sailors as well as those who are simply looking for a refresher. Cost: $55 includes two days’ admission and hands-on sailing lessons.

Kids sailing lessons: Youth ages 8 – 16 can join The Center for Wooden Boats and Sail Sand Point for free hour-long sailing lessons. They will learn basic principles such as tacking, jibing, sail trim and weight balance and have fun on the water. Pre-registration is recommended as popular times fill up fast

Toy boat building for kids: The crew from the Center for Wooden Boats will help kids build and decorate their own wooden boat using traditional tools and decorating with bottle caps, corks, and crayons. Saturday and Sunday only.

All you need to know
What: South Lake Union Boats Afloat Show

When: Thursday Sept. 12 – Sunday Sept.15, 2019

Hours: Weekdays 11am – 6pm, Weekends 10am – 6pm

Where: Chandler’s Cove, South Lake Union, 901 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Tickets: Purchase your tickets online -- http://www.boatsafloatshow.com -- and receive one-year Sea Magazine and Boating World subscriptions and be entered to win two round trip tickets on Kenmore Air to Victoria or the San Juan Islands, valued at $800. Tickets are $14 for adults / $5 for kids 12-17 (kids 11 and under are free) $25 for All Access Pass – Good for all days of the show. Weekdays 4-6 pm: $7

Photos: http://www.boatsafloatshow.com/gallery.htm

B-roll: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wa9s3gdg3klxf9i/Boats%20a%20Float%202017.mov?dl=0

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