When the sun is shining, there's no better way to experience the picturesque beauty of the Pacific Northwest than to be out on the water, surrounded by the ones you love.
"Some of the early days of boating were the most fun I ever had with my family, and the pictures and memories we have are the most valuable things we own today," said Kevin Roggenbuck, President and CEO of Lake Union Sea Ray.
Roggenbuck has always loved boating. It's one of the reasons he and his wife opened Lake Union Sea Ray. 31 years later it remains a family run operation.
Inside their show room, right on the shores of Lake Union you'll find the top brands in boating, Boston Whaler, Bayliner, Monte Carlo Yachts and, of course, Sea Ray. Between new and used they've got about 350 boats in stock at any given time. Something for everyone!
"We have fishing boats, both salt water and fresh water, we've got aluminum boats, fiberglass boats, cruising boats, ski boats, tournament-style ski boats. We've got literally every kind of boat that's out there," said Roggenbuck.
We got to take a ride in the luxurious 2018 Sea Ray L590 Fly. It's fully-loaded, with three staterooms, a full kitchen, and tons of room to entertain. The price tag on the 59-footer? A cool $3.3 million.
Our captain for the day was Steve Thoreson. Like all the employees at Lake Union Sea Ray he's got some serious training and experience, with more than 20 years in the industry.
"The whole philosophy with Sea Ray is it's about family. Getting people on the water. Spending time, quality time, with your family and friends. And there's no better place to do that than the Pacific Northwest," said Thoreson.
It really is a smooth ride. The touch screen technology and user friendly steering system make the yacht easy to handle. But when you're boating, the size of the vessel really doesn't matter. It's about making memories, it's about the experience, and this experience is one I won't soon forget.