Seattle Boat Show

 

Seattle Boat Show

Seattle Boat Show

 

MAKE SURE NOT TO MISS THE DEBUT OF THE CENTURION CARBON PRO & CHRIS-CRAFT BOATS!

 

For more details on the event check out Seattle Boat Shows click here.

 

FOR SPECIAL PRE-BOAT SHOW INCENTIVES CALL TED, DAN, MARK, OR GUY AT 425.481.2754

 

 

 

 

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Direct Drive Vs. V-Drive, From the Voice of the Water

We often times get customers come into Seattle Water Sports, that are confused as to buying a direct drive vs. a V-drive boat.

So lets talk about the differences of the two types of tow boats. The direct drive dates way back to the early days when having the engine in the middle of the boat made the wake smaller/flatter for water skiing because that is what was popular and desired in that era. Or a flat wake with a lot of pull from the V-8 engines and four blade props to get the water skier up fast. The hulls were mostly rather flat at the back and the beams were narrower for a narrow, flat wake that the skier’s loved.

Smaller interior, lighter weight and smaller body, engine located in center of the boat

Smaller interior, lighter weight and smaller body, engine located in center of the boat

Then comes the evolution of  wake boards and surf boards in the 2000’s and up. Now folks wanted to do both by putting a tower and adding fat sacks (water sacks) in the boat, to get a bigger wake for wake boarding and surfing behind the boat. This allowed a boat that still could be a great water ski and wakeboard/surfing boat, but was a lot of work filling sacks and making sure weight was distributed right.

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Bigger Interior, heavy and wider body, rear compartment engine

Since wakeboarding and surfing grew in popularity because of its social setting and trend in board sports, and water skiing was becoming less popular; boat manufactures turned their designs to making more of a boarding boat with the engine in the rear of the boat, wider beams, and more deep V hulls. This made a boat with more interior room involving more people in the sports than skiing, but more importantly a boat with a bigger and wider wake to get better pop on a wakeboard and a taller wake for surfing. This also allowed the boats to be more of an all day boat if the lake got rough, because of the bigger interior and ability to have a surf session because of the ballast. These boats all have towers and on board ballast systems to create the ultimate wakeboarding and surfing boat that can be changed for each rider. The only fallback or short coming was that now the V-drive boats did not produce the ultimate water ski wake as they did with the direct drives.

So what boat style should you pick………simple, know the differences and pick the drive type that best suits your groups water sports needs. Come and check out what we have to offer here at Seattle Water Sports!

Selection of Boats At Seattle Water Sports

Selection of Boats At Seattle Water Sports

2013 Carbon Pro Centurion Review from the “Voice of the Water”

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This Fall Seattle Water Sports just picked up a new waterski boat, 2013 20′ 1″ Centurion Carbon Pro Direct-drive! The Carbon Pro is designed to provide and seek out the ultimate waterski experience, with the pearl white and a shiny black stripe paint job making it visible from a far distance when you find flat water and clear skies! The Carbon pro has been tested and reviewed by the worlds best tournament drivers making sure that every feature was up to professional standards for the 3 event skiers and avid water-skiers.

The lightweight boat and low impact hull creates a soft flat wake, giving the skier the best possible ski experience. It features a gun sight viewing for drivers, to keep the driver on a straight path through the course or while driving a free skier. While you’re in between sets, relax and observe by flipping the seat heating switch; creating a warm and comfortable passenger viewing experience.

That why we’re carrying the Carbon Pro, not only to sell a high performance boat to our customers so they can experience the best, but for us to use as well! We also want to provide an ultimate experience during our water ski instructing services, with giving professional coaching behind one of the best boats in the industry!

Come in and check out the boat at Seattle Water Sports Located at:

6820 N.E. 175th Kenmore, WA 98020 and/or call 425.402.5648 to schedule a test drive appointment to see and feel what were talking about!

-Available to test drive Mon- Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5pm

-Available for lessons or towing the start of April 2013
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Tribute to Herb O’Brien from Seattle Water Sports

Title: In Memory of Herb O’Brien

Department: Pro Shop

Category: Industry

Subject: RIP Herb O’Brien

Herb O'Brien

Herb O’Brien

RIP Herb O’brien (1944-2012) an unforgettable legend in the Water Sport industry! At Seattle Water Sports Mark Lord (owner of SWS) developed a relationship with the legend, by always carrying his products and brands he continued to innovate, to lending boats to Radar Lake to demo! Through these relationships, Herb always returned the favor with products, to allowing Mark to use the lake to instruct and ski.

Radar Lake

Radar Lake

With all the support Herb made to Seattle Water Sports we want to return the offer to him and his family, by giving him a Adirondack O’Brien Slalom Ski Chair with a tribute plaque on it, as well as have our in store artist Sarah Nack paint a tribute painting on a wakeboard of Radar Lake!

Adirondack O’Brien Slalom Ski Chair

Adirondack O’Brien Slalom Ski Chair

Thanks Herb, we’ll continue to always support the lake and the companies you have developed! RIP HERB O”BRIEN

Coupon sale

Save 50%

couponThanks for Liking us on Face Book! We are offering a 50% discount of any soft good when you buy one soft good at retail price, at Seattle WaterSports! Please continue to follow us on Face Book, to see all the great deals we offer and fun events we host!

Promo details: soft goods are rash guards, wetsuits, gloves, sweat shirts, t-shirts, hats, shorts, board shorts, sandals. Coupon has to be used before expiration date! In stock soft goods only, and can not be combined with any other promotions at SWS!

Offer expires on: January 15th 2013

Seattle Water Sports School

Since 1987 Seattle Water Sports School has provided a quality experience on and off the water. We have made it our goal to meet our customer’s goals, as well as help advance and perfect their skill level in water skiing, wakeboarding, bare footing, and surfing! Since 87 our motto has been “get wet, not soaked” meaning come out to learn to ride the right way, while being safe. Over a quarter of a century later we are proud to say we have met that goal and continue to expand our water sport offerings with quality service and professional instructing!

Seattle Water Sports School provides one hour wakeboard, water ski, wake surf, wake skate, and bare foot lessons; that include professional instructing, competition qualified boats and drivers, access to clinics at Radar Lake, and up to date demo water skis, wakeboards, wake surfs, and wake skates! We also provide a service where we’ll come and pick you, your family, and/or groups of friends up from your waterfront property; making sure we can make this experience convenient and fun as possible! At our school we instruct every level and age, ensuring a safe and fun experience with providing quality service and professional instructing!

We also provide a Water Limo service if your looking for more fun on the water inner-tubing, socializing, cocktails, Sea Fair, and/or spending a night out cruising Lake Washington! We’re here to provide a great experience on and off the water! Come in and visit us at Seattle Water Sports, Located in Kenmore Washington 15 minutes north of Seattle, WA!

Instructors: Mark Lord, Justin Huerter, and Professional guests

Boats: Ski Centurion, MB, Chaparral, Chris Crafts

Slalom Skis/ Combo Skis: Radar, Connelly, H.O.,

Wakeboards/ surf boards/ wake skates: Ronix, CWB, Liquid Force, Hyperlite

Dry suits/ wetsuits: O’Neill, SWS

Contact Info

Phone: 425.481.2754.

Email: sales@seattlewatersports.com

Web: www.seattlewatersports.com

Address 6820 N.E. 175th Kenmore WA 98028

Ski Locations: Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish, Radar Lake, Kirkland, Kenmore, Seattle, Renton

ALL YEAR AROUND RAIN OR SHINE!