The eighth annual CharterFest boat show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 21-22 at the Gate 3 Visitor Dock at Squalicum Harbor.
Gate 3 is near the Bellingham Yacht Club, 722 Coho Way in Bellingham. Parking and admission are free.
Sailboats, yachts and trawlers will be on display to climb aboard and explore. Boats will be available for sale or to charter.
Representatives from local Bellingham boat sale and charter companies will be on hand to answer questions and offer special CharterFest discounts.
“Charterfest lets people climb aboard and get up close and personal with vessels for sale and charter at Squalicum Harbor,” Mike Endsley, Squalicum harbormaster, said in a March 3 press release . “That kind of hands-on interaction with the boats and charter company staff really allows someone to come away from the event with a great deal of information they might not have gotten otherwise.”
Participating companies include Bellhaven Charters and Yacht Sales, Bellingham Yachts, Sales & Charters, Lake Union Sea Ray, NW Explorations, Par Yacht Charters, San Juan Yachting and San Juan Sailing.
The companies are sponsoring the event along with the Port of Bellingham.
To help keep kids safe on the docks, free loaner children’s life jackets will be available from the Squalicum Harbor Office.
For more information, call the harbor office at 360-676-2542, or visit the port’s
website at www.portofbellingham.com/charterfest.