JUNKraft At The Seattle Boat Show

by Tim on January 13, 2009

[A new message from Michael Campbell of the Seattle Boat Show. Thanks to PugetSoundMaritime for the heads-up. ;-) —Tim]

Over the summer, I kept seeing stories in all the boating magazines about two guys who sailed a JUNKraft from Los Angeles to Hawaii, to draw attention to a major problem in our oceans – the accumulation of plastic trash in the seas.  This huge volume of plastic trash now drifting in the oceans interrupts the feeding of marine life and releases toxins into the water. They refer to their vessel as the JUNKraft because it is constructed out of nothing more than that – junk! The raft is made of 15,000 plastic bottles, derelict sailboat masts, fishing nets and more.

I was fascinated with their two-month journey and thought all of you would enjoy the opportunity to see the raft and learn more about their voyage.

Turns out, I was able to chase them down and convince them to bring the JUNKraft to Seattle. They are loading it up this week and will truck it to Seattle. Joel Paschal was one of the captains of the raft and he will be at show to answer your questions along with our friends at the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, whose mission is to protect and preserve Puget Sound by tracking down and stopping the discharge of toxic pollutants into its waters.

The show dates this year are Friday, January 23 – Sunday February 1. All the details are on our website www.seattleboatshow.com.

In addition to the JUNKraft being on display at Qwest Field Event Center, the show features a wide selection of new and brokerage boats in the water on South Lake Union. A free shuttle bus runs continuously between the two locations.

Advance tickets are on sale and includes free parking with each order, a free appetizer from Pyramid Alehouse and more.

If you want to learn more about the JUNKraft before you come to the show, click on junkraft.blogspot.com and it will take you to their website. It is a fascinating story and an issue the all of us who love boating need to learn more about.

See you at the show.
Michael Campbell
Seattle Boat Show

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navyseal January 18, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I hope this junk raft becomes an eye opener for everybody

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