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Seattle show set for September

Seattle’s 37th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show will return in September.

The show will be held Sept. 16-20 at South Lake Union. More than 50 brands of yachts, brokers and dealers from Washington, Oregon, California, Florida and British Columbia will display boats at the show.

More than four dozen shoreside exhibitors with professional services that include marine finance and insurance, electronics, marinas, shipping, yacht linens and yacht maintenance will also be at the show.

Attractions and promotions will include:

Free daily 45-minute sailboat rides for all ages on Lake Union on 30- to 40-foot boats through Discover Sailing;

Free 60-minute sailing lessons for children ages 8 to 16 on 13-foot Hobie Cat Waves, courtesy of Sail Sandpoint. Lessons will be available on Sept. 18, 19 and 20. The schedule is available at http://www.boatsafloatshow.com/free-sailing.htm;

Center for Wooden Boats kids’ toy boat building: Children will use traditional tools to build and decorate their own wooden boats and see them float in the pond (Sept. 19 and 20 only);

A seminar series, presented by Sea Magazine: The show will offer free one-hour seminars with topics for the seasoned boat owner. A complete list of seminars, seminar times and bios of the presenters is available at http://boatsafloatshow.com/seminars.htm.

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