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7 ways to soak in summer by the sea

SPONSORED — Paul Revere said “two if by sea,” but when it comes to summer fun, there’s no reason not to fill your boat to capacity. If you’re looking to take advantage of those long summer days, there’s no better place than on your very own yacht. In fact, there are several reasons the season is just better on the water.

Load the locks

Want to “lock in” your cool cred? There’s no place like Ballard Locks on a sunny Seattle day — and all the tourists there will prove it. There’s no better way to impress a (literal) boatload of friends than with your cool navigation talents. Grab the joystick and it’s easy to drive even a 5 year old could do it. Tourists from all over the country come to see vessels of all sizes — from kayaks to barges — navigate the locks, which link the Puget Sound to Lake Washington and Lake Union. Whichever way you’re floating, you can send those tourists on a social media frenzy with your stellar skills.

Take a tour

There’s no place like the Pacific Northwest in the summertime — say tourists everywhere. If you have family and friends visiting, play (captain) tour guide by sailing away to one of Seattle’s popular celebrations. But don’t bother with land-bound crowds. Seafair, Lake Union’s 4th of July celebration and Tuesday Night Duck Dodge sailboat races are all better enjoyed by sea.

Sail away (to dinner)

Valet is so boring. Whether you’re dining on surf or turf (or both), there’s nothing like pulling up to a waterfront restaurant by boat. You’ll be enjoying fresh Puget Sound seafood as fast as you can hoist your anchor when you circumvent the parking hassles of downtown Seattle. Choose from the area’s best (and hippest) restaurants on Lake Union, Lake Washington, Elliott Bay and, of course, the downtown Seattle waterfront.

Get away

If summer weekends have your heart, make the most of them by getting away. With so many beautiful locales within sailing distance, there’s no need to navigate hot, busy freeways. Choose your bay, anchorage, marina or town, and pack a bag! When you take a weekend getaway by boat, the journey itself is half (OK, maybe more than half) the fun.

Sleep on a water bed

Hey, boats aren’t just for play. If the morning commute has you down, simplify your life by dropping anchor in Lake Washington for a quiet and restful night’s sleep on the water. Choose a quiet cove and enjoy the peaceful lake at night — then head to the office at first light. Or don’t; if you can work from home, why not answer emails from the deck?

Eat fresh

Love fresh seafood? It doesn’t get better than salmon caught on your line — then fried up in your boat’s fully functional kitchen. The Puget Sound offers limitless options for fishing, even for a novice. Try it once and you’ll soon be addicted: hook, line and sinker.

Get on island time

For Seattle boaters, one destination supersedes them all: The San Juan Islands is one of the world’s most famous and prestigious boating locales in the world — and it’s right in your backyard. Pull up anchor at 8 a.m. to get to the islands in time for brunch. Of course, you may not want to rush back, so pack a change of clothes (or seven).

To learn more about boating and Yachts, and how you can own one today then please call Sundance Yacht Sales and Marina or visit sundanceyachts.com. You can also click here to see our inventory of the finest luxury boats and yachts.

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