Opening Day 2010 Festivities For Seattle’s Boat Season

Seattle, It’s Opening Day for the Boat Season. The Seattle Yacht Club has been putting on exceptional opening days of boat season for Seattle since even before the official 1920 date. This year promises to be no exception to the memorable events of the day. I am however a bit worried about the weather. So what’s the difference? It is Seattle anyway – we are used to getting four seasons each day lately! I do hear 30% rain tomorrow so bundle up and wear those rubber boots to take in the show!

Seattle Land traveling… Remember to plan your traveling around Seattle with extra time… The Montlake Bridge in particular will be closed for quite some time.

Here is the official 2010 Opening Day schedule from the Seattle Yacht Club (SYC) site:

8:00 a.m. Official Parade Boats start to assemble in Portage Bay
8:45 a.m. U.S. Navy Band Concert, SYC Lawn
8:50 a.m. Commissioning Ceremony, SYC Lawn
9:40 a.m. Parade Course Closed to ALL Boat Traffic
9:50 a.m. Official VIP Boats parade to moorage
10:05 a.m. Dragon Boat Exhibition Race
10:20 a.m. First Crew Race starts
11:30 a.m. Last Crew Race starts
11:45 a.m. All Crew Shells parade back through parade course
12:00 p.m. Official Parade begins
2:30 p.m. End of Official Parade (approximately)
3:00 p.m. Parade Course open to marine traffic (approximately)
3:15 p.m. Montlake Bridge resumes normal operations
4:30 p.m. Army Drill Platoon, SYC Lawn
6:00 p.m. Trophy presentations, SYC Lawn
6:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies and Lowering of Colors

Want to take in the show from your own Seattle houseboat? How about checking out the current offering of Seattle houseboats for sale? Seattle floating homes start at less than $350,000 right now for a great Westlake houseboat. The prices go up from there, but Seattle houseboats are the ultimate in Seattle waterfront living and there are some really nice ones for sale right now. Many offer great moorage, too, if you are a boat lover.

The Seattle Floating Homes Association Houseboat Tour 9/12

Save the date: September 12th: The Seattle Floating Homes Association Houseboat Tour

We are getting so excited about this year’s Seattle Floating Homes Association Houseboats Tour – The selections are almost complete and this year’s houseboat tour is shaping up to be one of the most memorable. Stay tuned for tickets to go on sale to the public very soon. This is your exclusive peek at houseboat life behind the walls and it only happens once every two years.

This year the theme is all about looking at Seattle floating homes through the years and there will be great representations for all types of floating home life – historical to modern, funky to sleek, and more. Go ahead and save the date: September 12th! Email me if you want more details: Courtney@SeattleAfloat.com

Seattle Floating Homes Buying Process: Elements of a Seattle Houseboat Inspection

Seattle Floating Homes Buying Process: Elements of a Seattle Houseboat Inspection

After finding your Seattle floating home, you will need to have both a regular home inspection – much like you do with land homes – and also an additional houseboat inspection to evaluate the floating portion of your home. Part of this will involve a diver going under your new floating home and evaluating floatation systems.

Elements of a floating home inspection – The length and width of your float will be measured and recorded. Corner elevations will be measured. This is measuring from the deck surface to the water level. Water depth will be measured and whether or not obstructions under the surface exist.

The houseboat inspector will look at and evaluate all of the decking of the floating home and also the connections to the home for the water, sewer, and electrical. They will look at how the floating home is connected to the dock by evaluating the spring lines, anchor chains, moorings, floatation, and house spacing.

Flotation – In addition to the newer concrete floats, the older log foundation floats are supplemented by floatation air barrels, and some Styrofoam billets – each providing various levels of lift. If for some reason when they measure the corner elevations and the floating home is not level, additional floatation may be added.

Looking at Log Foundation floating homes, the inspector will count the number of logs and describe their configuration. Then the Stringers will be counted and evaluated. Stringers are the support for the home itself from the log foundation. From time to time they do need to be replaced and should always be treated timbers.

Additional Seattle floating homes resources:

Seattle Houseboats See what Seattle floating homes are on the market now!

Seattle Floating Homes: Less Than $350,000 For This One!

Seattle Floating Homes: Interested in seeing what life is like on a Seattle floating home, but afraid of all the expenses? This is the very cheapest floating home on Lake Union! It is a great houseboat and has the ability for future potential because you can go up a level and get some great views!

The float size is a pretty good size at over 32 feet by 23 feet according to the last dive report and all systems are in good condition and ready for a new owner. The dues are low and cover many expenses including the moorage for the floating home, your portion of the real estate taxes for the dock, water, garbage, and sewer. The property taxes for the home itself are also affordable – who says living in a Seattle houseboat has to be expensive?

Throw your kayak or canoe in the lake and enjoy all that Seattle’s best location has to offer! This is a perfect condo alternative with huge investment potential for your future on this well managed and nicely maintained cooperatively owned dock. Want to see how this compares to other Seattle Houseboats for sale on Lake Union? Current Seattle floating homes listings start in the mid $700,000 range. This is a huge opportunity! Seller willing to put in new carpet so hurry and pick your own colors! Listing agent also willing to contribute $5000 towards your closing costs if you use one of our preferred buyers’ agents – contact realestate@CooperJacobs for additional details on the that credit.

Sleepless in Seattle Houseboat

The Sleepless in Seattle houseboat – I guess we can’t very well have a Seattle houseboats and floating homes blog without having at least one story or post about the Sleepless in Seattle Houseboat!

It is a gorgeous home, but the fact of the matter is I heard that Tom Hanks didn’t film many of the scenes inside the actual floating home in Seattle. The exterior shots of him, though, are pretty unforgettable, and it brings many people out in droves as one of the must see items in Seattle. (ps – I took this picture a long time ago before a paint job)

Spotting the Sleepless in Seattle Houseboat: Unless you are on a boat, though, or across the lake with a telephoto lens, you are going to have a tough time getting a peek at this iconic Hollywood Seattle floating home. The dock is privately owned. Your best shot actually at seeing the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat if you are in town and don’t have a boat of your own to tool around Lake Union is to take the Ride The Ducks Tour by the Seattle Center. Try and sit on the right side of the bus/boat and wait for the tour guide to point it out along the way. The Sleepless in Seattle Houseboat is on the end of its Westlake dock and pretty significant in size compared to other floating homes.

Larger and not typical of Seattle floating homes – Keep in mind if you are thinking about buying a floating home that this particular houseboat is not very typical of Seattle floating homes in general. It is actually pretty spectacular even compared to the more modern Roanoke Reef floating homes or even the modern stucco 3000 square feet floating homes going in on the Eastlake side of Lake Union over the last few years. The Sleepless in Seattle Houseboat has one of the largest if not the largest floats in Lake Union and is also the furthest out on any of the docks that I can think of. The float size is an astounding 68 feet by 40 feet and offers wrap around decks! I would love to get a look at the dive inspection report for this one to see what is under there with the log foundation holding it up.

Putting aside the fact that it is well over 2000 square feet in size and has four bedrooms, these other individual characteristics set it apart pretty significantly. The Sleepless in Seattle houseboat will always hold a special place in my heart.

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