Want to venture into the world of boating but don’t know where to start? Already own a boat and want to hone your on-the-water skills? Simply looking for a lively way to spend your Saturday afternoon? Then come to the Get Out & Boat Fest on South Lake Union on Saturday, June 11th from 11am – 4pm.

The Northwest Yacht Brokers Association is hosting a brand new event this summer – the Get Out & Boat Fest, to be held in Chandler’s Cove on Saturday, June 11th (National Marina Day) from 11am – 4pm. This event will be completely FREE to the public and 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’, trawlers and cruisers 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, trailer a vessel, navigate Pacific Northwest waters and cruise to new destinations. 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.

Kayak and SUP demos will be held in the marina’s protected waterways to accommodate novice paddlers. This family-friendly event will also include a kids’ zone, live music provided by local musician Dave Calhoun and food vendors selling hot dogs and ice cream.

The first 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 how to adopt a boating lifestyle.