Category Archives: Boating

Saturday June 24th FREE boat rides ALL Day!

Saturday June 24th FREE boat rides ALL Day!

boats Saturday June 24th FREE boat rides ALL Day!

Info from the: Boats Afloat Show Website 

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Get Out & Boat Fest Splashes onto South Lake Union June 24th FREE Boat Rides, Hands-On Clinics, Seminars, Plus Live Music, Kids’ Zone, Info Booths and Food at

2nd Annual SLU Event

Get Out & Boat Calendar

SEATTLE – The Northwest Yacht Brokers Association is excited to host the second round of their Get Out & Boat Fest, to be held in Chandler’s Cove on

Saturday, June 24th from 11 AM  – 3 PM

This event was so popular last year the fleet has nearly doubled, offering 50 boat rides throughout the day.

Completely FREE to the public, the Fest aims to demonstrate the joy and feasibility of boating by getting people out on the water.

Attendees of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to ‘Seas the Day – Get Out & Boat!’ at this South Lake Union event. Fest-goers can experience the thrill of gliding across the water by taking a 45-minute boat ride around Lake Union.

Sailboats, power boats under 30’, cruisers and fishing trawlers will be available for rides, allowing attendees to tryout which boat best suits their lifestyle. Participants can learn new skills at hands-on docking, anchoring, technology, rigging and knot tying clinics with the guidance of industry professionals.

Boating seminars offered by marine experts will cover topics such as how to buy a boat, insider tips on boating safety, chartering a boat and salmon fishing in the San Juan Islands. Fest attendees can stroll the docks and visit booths that provide information on what it takes to get into boating, whether it be obtaining a WA State Boaters Card, learning how to finance and insure a boat, or the ins-and-outs of chartering and boat share.

This family-friendly event will also include a fun kids’ zone with toy boat building offered by the Center for Wooden Boats.

Enjoy live music provided by local musician and Jimmy Buffet-cover artist Dave Calhoun while grabbing a snack from a number of food carts. The second annual Get Out & Boat Fest aims to increase public awareness of boating by offering opportunities for people to get out on the water, experience boating firsthand, and educate and inform non-boaters so they can learn all about the boating lifestyle.

Contact: Kirsten Berg May 30, 2017 Northwest Yacht Brokers Association (206) 748-0012


Boating Safety & Education for Summer on the Water

LifeJacketWearIt Boating Safety & Education for Summer on the Water

Keep everyone safe on the water by following these safety guidelines:

  • Always wear a life jacket.
  • Don’t drink on a boat … or assign a designated driver who is comfortable with the boat and weather conditions.
  • Be weather wise/aware of tides. Pack accordingly & prepare for changing conditions.  Don’t forget the SPF!
  • Bring your cell phone and portable battery charger in a waterproof zip lock bag.
  • Do a walk-around of your boat to assure no trouble spots developed over the winter or since last used.
  • Trade in your old flares for a discount on a new set.
  • Make sure the first aid kit is fully stocked.
  • Allow the blower to run for at least 4 minutes after fueling before turning on the engine. Always travel with a fire extinguisher.


Who Needs a Washington Boater Education Card?!

Boaters in Washington need to have their Washington State Boater Education Card with them when operating a boat 15 horsepower or greater. Boater operators born before January 1, 1955 are exempt but may choose to get a card if they plan to boat in Canada or Oregon since both require mandatory education.  Find more information here:

Providers of online classes can be found here:

Need a life jacket for your child?

There are several programs throughout the Puget Sound that will loan you a life jacket.  Look here for locations

Boat Owners! The state wants YOU to STOP dumping sewage!

Boaters and vessel operators would not be able to release sewage, treated or untreated, into Puget Sound under a proposal by Washington state regulators.

The Department of Ecology said Thursday, July 21 it and other state agencies petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to designate the waters of Puget Sound a “no discharge zone” to improve water quality and protect shellfish beds and swimming beaches from harmful bacteria.

If approved, the zone would cover waters from near Sequim to south Puget Sound to the Canadian border, and includes Lake Washington and Lake Union. There are dozens of no-discharge zones in the country, but this would be the first in the Pacific Northwest.

Critics say the proposal is too broad and will be costly for many who would have to retrofit their vessels to accommodate holding tanks. They say many vessel operators currently use marine sanitation devices to treat sewage before it’s pumped overboard.

“This designation is an important piece of our strategy, and is a necessary step forward for one of our state’s most prized ecological treasures,” Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon said in a statement Thursday.

The agency said in its petition that “vessel sewage discharges are small in volume, but have high potential impact due to proximity, often directly over or near shellfish and other protected resources, such as swimming beaches.” It also leaves shellfish beds vulnerable and threatens an important shellfish food supply in Washington, officials said.

The department says it sought the petition after four years of evaluation, outreach and public feedback. The EPA has 90 days to review the petition and make a decision.

If approved, the zone would immediately apply to all vessels, with the exception of tugboats, commercial fishing vessels and some boats that would have five years to retrofit their vessels. There are more than 150,000 recreational and commercial vessels in Puget Sound.

Many boaters currently pump out toilet waste at stationary facilities, hold waste in tanks, or treat the waste before pumping it out. Currently, boaters are allowed to pump out treated sewage anywhere in Puget Sound. Federal law allows vessels to dump raw sewage only in waters more than 3 miles from the coast.

In its petition, state regulators say treated sewage discharges contain fecal bacteria concentrations that are many times higher than the state water quality standards.

A group representing numerous vessel operators, ports and shipyards say they’re concerned The Department of Ecology is moving ahead “without due regard for either the economic or scientific arguments against a Sound-wide NDZ,” the Puget Sound NDZ Marine Alliance wrote to department officials in May.

Chris Wilke with the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance praised the move. “It’s time we looked at all pollution and stop treating Puget sound like our toilet,” he said.

Ecology department officials say most recreational and commercial vessels in Puget Sound with on-board toilets have holding tanks or use pump-out stations, or wait to release sewage more than three miles from shore. They estimate about 215 commercial boats and 2,000 recreational boats would need to add holding tanks.

Retrofits for tug boats and commercial vessels could range from negligible to $161,000, according to a consultant for the department. The cost of adding a holding tank on a recreational boat is estimated to be about $1,500.

The agency said it determined there are sufficient pump-out stations for recreational boaters and commercial vessel operators.

Ballard Locks to be Closed to Marine Traffic 3/14 – 3/25

ballard-locks-300x300 Ballard Locks to be Closed to Marine Traffic 3/14 - 3/25

Just a quick note that the small lock in Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks will be closed to marine traffic next week!  It will start at noon on Monday 3/14 through 5pm on Friday 3/25. They will be conducting maintenance and safety inspections during this time.  Foot traffic won’t be affected and the large lock will continue operations for marine vessels.  The staff and crew at the locks are attempting to get commercial traffic through as quickly as possible as they have priority.  Pleasure boaters will use the large lock and boaters should be prepared with appropriate equipment and crew.  That means a minimum of 2 50’  lines with an eye at least 12 inches in diameter on one end as well as an adequate number of fenders for both sides of your vessel as you will be much more likely to raft off another boat in the large locks than the small.  The need for the 50’ lines are because the large lock does not have a sliding wall like the small lock does.  There may be delays so please plan for that.  It’s not like they want to run the large lock for just a boat or two so they will probably wait for a larger number of boats.  Pay attention to the lock attendants and you’ll be fine!

The planned closure is to inspect and repair the machinery and equipment which is original and 99 years old!

NOTE:  Kayakers are not allowed in the large lock

Drought driving down levels of Lake Union & Lake Washington

1972388_10152666285049692_231568038_n Drought driving down levels of Lake Union & Lake WashingtonThe U.S Army Corps of Engineers says because of the drought, the official water level in Lake Union, Lake Washington, the Ship Canal and connected waters is already nearly two feet below the spring peak in April.

It is now forecast to drop about another foot before fall rains kick in. That’s a three foot drop. A four foot drop would exceed the official record low set back in 1958 of 18.3 feet. That’s the height above mean sea level when the locks were completed in the early 1900s.

Because of conservation measures, the Corps does not expect to meet or exceed the old record, even though this is considered a record drought for the state.

The Corps of Engineers tries to keep the lake within a two-foot range. But levels are set to exceed that range because the amount of rainfall and runoff coming into the lake won’t match the amount of water evaporating and the water needed to run the locks in Ballard.

Conservation measures have been in place since spring, including an increased reliance on the smaller of the two locks and filling those locks with as many boats as possible. Waits for pleasure boats at the locks can run up to an hour.

For the Washington State Department of Transportation, the lake level would have to drop six feet or more before the floating bridges would be impacted. But Seattle’s large houseboat community could be at greater risk, particularly homes floating near shore.

Amalia Watson with the Seattle Floating Homes Association says early warnings from the Corps of Engineers has helped mitigate the impacts. There are concerns over stress to docks and utility lines that supply water and gas, and drain away sewage. – King