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S3 Maritime and YachtMasters NW Announce Merger!

From left: Paul Zimmer, Greg Allen and Ryan Parker.

From left: Paul Zimmer, Greg Allen and Ryan Parker.

On November 30th Greg Allen of YachtMasters NW and Paul Zimmer and Ryan Parker co-owners of S3 Maritime announced they were merging these two well established and well respected companies which will now be operating as S3 Maritime. YachtMasters has been located on Lake Union for the last four decades while S3 has been located just inside the Locks on the Lake Washington Ship Canal for the last nine years. As both companies continue to grow, it only made sense to consolidate their work forces and facilities to better serve their growing markets.

Both companies are well known for providing high quality and high tech services to the recreational and commercial yacht market. Each company brings a unique set of skills to this new endeavor. S3 is well known for their wide range of maritime expertise while YachtMasters has a rigging department and a custom fiberglass construction department to add to their services. While S3 has a large mix of commercial and recreational clients, YachtMasters is known for supplying custom, state-of-the-art, fully integrated electronic packages for larger recreational vessels.

This new operation will be based out of S3’s new 18,000 sq ft facility located in the Salmon Bay Marine Center at 2360 W. Commodore Way, Suite 200, in Seattle. This is on the south side of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and has convenient moorage for vessels to 100+ feet. They will also be exhibiting the Big Seattle Boat Show coming up in January at Booth #2418 located on the Electronics Concourse above the main floor.

For more information please contact:

S3 Maritime
206-420-4932 Office

2360 W. Commodore Way
Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98199

Yacht Masters NW is in the Fiberglass business!

Yacht Masters Northwest is proud to announce the addition of Shonn Gay to their team of yacht service professionals. Shonn’s twenty years of experience as a business owner, composites builder, and project manager, elevates our already exemplary status in the marine industry.

YMNW’s owner Greg Allen commented: “I have had the pleasure of working with Shonn over the years on many successful projects and we are excited to have him on our team. Shonn’s attention to detail and personal integrity matches the ideal standards we strive for with all our customers.”

Those of you who have worked closely with Shonn in the past have come to appreciate his ability to manage and execute projects whether restoring your vessel to better than new condition or modifying it to enhance its aesthetics, his skill and talent are amazing.

We invite you to let us show you what Shonn and the rest of our expert team can do for your boating experience.

Blue Water Desalination Systems

One piece of equipment which will extend your cruising is a watermaker. It is often difficult to find water while cruising north and the water which is available is often tannic. Having a watermaker onboard allows you to have a much more enjoyable time.

Yacht Masters NW is proud to be the Seattle dealer for Blue Water Desalination and while these watermakers look like other watermakers, it is the things you don’t see that make them superior.

Blue Water -  Mech_Tech

Blue Water Desalination leads our industry in providing mechanically and technologically superior products for the marine market.

Some of the standout features include:

  • Stainless steel shaft on the booster pump motor for longer life.
  • Marine-grade Baldor motors for both the booster pump and the high pressure pump for trouble free operation in a marine environment.
  • High capacity / high flow membranes for a more compact system.
  • Strategic equipment design and component mounting for quiet operation.
  • Legend series offers a state-of-the-art 7″ full color touchscreen control panel.

Blue Water Desalination has a steadfast commitment to providing a world class customer experience to complement their range of cutting edge watermakers. They provide direct and personalized support to their customers and have extensive experience and knowledge in seawater desalination systems for the marine industry. This is a level of support that their competitors cannot match.

All watermakers are not alike . . . and all watermaker manufacturers are definitely not alike!

Give us a call if you would like to know more about Blue Water watermakers!


Seattle Boat Show 2016

Seattle BS 2016

The Seattle Boat Show always initiates a new boating season and I would like to thank all of our customers for their continued support for the past year. It has been a successful year and we could not have done it without your support. – Greg Allen, Owner

The first Friday, January 29th, is ‘Uncorked’, where there will be several Northwest wines poured around the show. The second Friday, February 5th, is ‘Sails & Ales’, showcasing Northwest microbreweries.

For more information on the Seattle Boat Show go to:

See you at the show!


Yacht Masters is proud to announce they can now provide detailed drawings of your existing or new electronics systems.


Northwest Yachting Impressed by Horizon Cockpit Enclosure

Northwest Yachting Magazine’s February 2015 issue featured our very exciting cockpit enclosure project on an 82′ Horizon. See the reprint here. As this project comes together, we’ll detail it on the pages of this web site. If you’re interested in hearing more about it now, call or email Greg Allen.


Winter is here and unless you are participating in the Christmas Ship Parade, there is a chance your boat may not get a visit from you until spring!


Yacht Masters Northwest has opened enrollment in a monthly boat check program. This program is available to new and existing customers who keep their boats in the Seattle area. This is a monthly check designed to make sure all systems on the boat are working properly while you are skiing, visiting warmer climates, or getting ready for the holidays. You will be contacted promptly if our technicians find anything that needs attention. Our experience has been that finding problems early saves a lot of expense and down time when you are getting ready for boating season!


The inspections are modestly priced at $2.50/foot.


If you pay for 6 months in advance, there are some additional perks:

  • You get a 7th inspection free of charge that you can schedule any time.
  • You can schedule an exterior boat washing for $3.00/foot – provided by Craig Blake of Blake Marine. Blake Marine, LLC has been in business since 2005 managing yachts (washing and detailing boats as well as providing deliveries).
  • If you sign up before January 15, 2015, you will receive one free inspection dive, courtesy of Sterling Marine Services, which will include an underwater video of your boat.


Please call

Dave Swanson 

to sign up or if you have any questions

We would love to be of service to you and your vessel.


Thank you!

A big thanks to the Yacht Masters crew members and  our Customers for all the wonderful donations to TOYS for TOTS! The generosity will bring a deserving child some holiday joy!




Blue Water

Blue Water Desalination systems arive in the Northwest!

Blue Water Desalination systems arive in the Northwest!

Yacht Masters Northwest is pleased to announce the addition of Blue Water Desalination to our lineup of high quality products.

Toys for Tots

Don,t forget the3 last day to drop of a  new unwrappet toy at our northlake union office. is December 11th!

Don”t forget… the last day to drop of a new toy at Yacht Masters North lake union office is December 11th!