Situated along the serene Haro Strait, which separates Victoria Island from the San Juan Islands, Roche Harbor is easily one of the most enchanting places in the entire Pacific Northwest. It has the kind of laid-back atmosphere that invites you to take life at a slower place, offering a quaint retreat away from it all. This is apparent from the moment you arrive at the stunning yacht-filled harbor surrounded by manicured gardens, quaint seaside restaurants and the landmark Hotel de Haro. In the distance lies a constant flow of vessels coming and going through the Canada-U.S. border, allowing you to soak in the old-fashioned Americana spirit of Roche Harbor.
For the past decade, this boating paradise is where Sundance Yachts has decided to host their annual pop-up event. Running from July 1 through the middle of August, the Roche Harbor exhibition offers boaters in the region the opportunity to experience the latest yachts in Sundance’s roster – in the heart of one of the most fabulous boating destinations in the region. President Nick Buck-Niehaus and his seasoned staff will be on-location to welcome you to the island and show you around. There will be a rotating selection of this year’s top yachts on display, where you can schedule an appointment to preview, learn and test the vehicles that catch your eye the most. We’ve compiled a few of the top boats you won’t want to miss at this year annual pop-up marina event.
Boasting the signature exterior style that we’ve come to expect from the Prestige line, the Prestige 460 offers timeless design from the inside-out. Powered by twin Volvo IPS 500 or IPS 600 engines, this luxury motor yacht impresses with top-notch efficiency and easy handling, with a cruising speed of 24 knots. The outstanding flybridge is an open invitation to complete relaxation. Perfect for entertaining, socializing and al fresco dining, this transformable space can be used as a large aft sundeck that opens to an immense swimming platform.
The expanded 46-foot motor-yacht features a continuous line of windows in the hull that soaks the contemporary spaces in beautiful light from all angles. Designed by Garroni Design and JP Concepts, the interior has been optimized for complete comfort and relaxation with an efficient layout and sumptuous furnishings. The yacht can accommodate a maximum of seven people through its two comfortable cabins.
Driven by twin Volvo D4 300 or D6 370 engines with shaft drive and thrusters, the Jeanneau Velasco 37 is the modern power cruiser that’s dedicated to family fun on the water. The comfortable flybridge features a second helm station and shelters the open cockpit below. Open-air living is taken to new heights with the incomparable outdoor living spaces, such as the spacious swim platform and foredeck with deluxe sun pads.
Reinforcing a sense of intimacy, the space-efficient gallery and dinette and filled with light and magnificent 360º views thanks to the increased window space. Sleeping up to six people, below lies a spacious owner’s cabin, generously-sized double cabin and bathroom with electric toilette and separate shower stall.
Precision meets style in the form of the Cutwater 30 Command Bridge. The latest variation of the popular motor boat features upper and lower helm stations for extended cruising options. The command bridge offers seating for four and a helm seatback that flips forward to face the aft and table so you and your guests can enjoy the best view as you cruise along. You also have flexible the options to trailer the boat to distant locations thanks to the retractable fiberglass command bridge dash.
Head inside the family cruiser and you’ll find a spacious interior room that has everything you need for comfortable onboard living. The cleverly-engineered gallery conceals appliances beneath a hinged countertop, which is ideal for buffet, refreshments and entertaining. The Cutwater 30 Command Bridge accommodates six guests through three separate cabins that offer exceptional privacy and comfort. On the foredeck, two flush hatches open to reveal cushioned, secure observation seats, along with a central forward lounge.