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at the Lake Union Boats Afloat Show

34th Annual Show Opens Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

SEATTLE, August 13, 2012 -- Thinking of buying a boat?  Now’s the time. The 2012 Lake Union Boats Afloat Show – one of the largest on-water shows on the West Coast – sets sail on Wednesday September 12th and continues through Sunday 16th, 2012. The 34th annual show marks the end of summer and the beginning of the boat buying season for many Puget Sound boaters. Whether you’re looking for your first boat or looking to trade up, the show is the place to find your dream boat. More than 50 distinct brands of yachts and 50 brokers and dealers from Washington, Oregon, California, Florida and British Columbia, Canada will display their yachts. The largest boat in the show is a Queenship Motor Yacht at 90 feet.  But there will also be dozens of sport boats for the wakeboard and watersports enthusiasts– from Cobalt, Malibu and Chaparral,to name a few–ranging from 18 to 30 feet. This show has it all!

New for 2012: extended weeknight hours and Boater’s Happy Hour. 
Weekdays the show will now be open an extra hour. So instead of fighting rush hour traffic come on down to the show after work and spend a few relaxing hours walking the docks, kicking some anchors and having a beverage at the new Floating Beer Garden. Boater’s Happy Hour is 5-7pm on weeknights and tickets are half price. Just $6!!


The 82 Cockpit Motor Yacht from Ocean Alexander is making its world debut at this year’s Boats Afloat Show. Equipped with twin 1920 HP MTU power, the 82 is the fastest Ocean Alexander Motor Yacht built to date, exceeding 28 knots. With the cockpit and added functionality, this 82 provides luxurious entertaining and cruising yet exhibits extreme versatility and storage. The top deck is designed for outdoor living with its full back bar and multiple seating areas. With three large en suite staterooms and a fully appointed crew’s quarter, the 82 offers plenty of accommodations.

On display from Grand Banks will be a new 2012 Grand Banks 46 Eastbay, available for sale, as well as a selection of brokerage yachts. This is the only 46SX available on the West Coast. It features Cummins Zeus Pod Drive technology for superior maneuverability. With pod drive technology, the engines are further aft in the boat, opening up additional space in an onboard “utility room” which provides storage, an extra refrigerator and space for a washer/dryer if desired.

Holland Yachts will be debuting their all new Holland 75’ motor yacht featuring an open floor plan with large windows on the main deck which allows for 360 degree visibility from the lower helm, galley and salon. This particular Holland 75' was purposely designed and built to accommodate two couples, plus crew, in spacious luxury and as such, it has a full beam owner's suite on a par with most 100' to 120' yachts. This Holland 75' will especially appeal to experienced owners who have had larger yachts and want to down size, reducing, or eliminating crew requirements and still have the spacious luxury found on their larger yachts, but for fewer overnight guests.

Islands Marine Center will be featuring a 2012 Dual Console 26 Pursuit, the first time this boat has been on display on the West Coast. The DC 265’s all new hull was specifically engineered with its anticipated uses –family fun, casual fishing cruising and marine sport utility–in mind.

Signature Yachts will have the new Beneteau Oceanis 41 and 45. Both will be new 2013 models that feature a full width electric drop down transom making access to the water, in and out of a dinghy or on and off a dock very simple. In addition, both models feature a Mainsheet Arch that allows the companionway to be moved farther forward to allow for a much easier stairway into the cabin at 45 degrees vs. other boats at 60 degrees or more.

Sundance Yachts plans to debut a 47’Waterloft – a barge boat designed for cruising on rivers, lakes, and protected salt water. With two covered cockpits and a large upper deck, the WaterLoft has no shortage of exterior sunning and entertaining space.  And with more than 350 square feet of windows, there is ample natural light, great views, and an open and spacious feeling interior. The WaterLoft can be your weekend getaway on Lake Union, your vacation home on Lake Havasu or your fishing retreat in Alaska. The possibilities are endless.

Seattle Yachts will have a 2013 Tayana 46 Pilothouse with inside and outside helm stations on display. They will also have a new 2012 Tayana 48 Deck Saloon and two of the new 5 Series sailboats from Catalina, a brand new Catalina 385 and a Catalina 355. New on the 5 Series are a Watertight Strike Zone at the bow and the “SecureSocket” chain plates mast support system that affords superior load resolution and watertight integrity. All Catalina 5 Series boats include “in mast” furling and lead keels at no additional charge.

Attractions and promotions
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What: South Lake Union Boats Afloat Show
When: Wednesday September 12th – Sunday September 16th, 2012
Hours: Weekdays: 11 am to 7 pm
Weekends: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: South Lake Union in Seattle
Tickets: ADULTS: $12
YOUTH (11-17): $5
KIDS 10 and under: Free
Special MULTI-DAY show pass: $18
e-Tickets can be purchased at
Getting There: Parking lots are limited near the show. For convenience park downtown and take the Seattle Street Car directly the show on South Lake Union.
Show Office: 206-748-0012
Media Contact: or 206-954-2574

The 2012 Lake Union Boats Afloat Shop is presented by Sunbrella, the leader in performance fabrics. Visitors to the show can tour the Galatea, a sailboat made-over using all Sunbrella fabrics above and below deck.

Show photos available here ». Photos of individual boats are available upon request.


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