Boaterz ‘n Bikerz tour returns for 2016

Organizers of the Boaterz ‘n Bikerz of America “Hull of a Tour” have announced plans for a third iteration this summer, a nine-day escorted motorcycle ride from Seattle to San Francisco.

This summer’s event runs July 22 – 30 and is sponsored by Freedom Boat Club, along with marine media sponsor Soundings Trade Only; platinum sponsor Regal Boats; event producer/publicist Kenton Smith Marketing; and boating host/marine retailer Alexander Marine USA, with locations in Seattle, and Newport Beach, Calif.

“Pacific Coast Rush is going to be awesome, launching amid the spectacular mountains of the great Northwest, then traveling south via the most stunning coastal roads of California, with rides along the rim of Crater Lake in Oregon and winding through the majestic Redwoods, encompassing multiple beach and iconic west coast destinations,” said event organizer Wanda Kenton Smith. “Our first tour traveled 3,000 miles from Destin, Fla., to San Diego, while last year’s Freedom Ride covered 2,000 miles from Sarasota, Fla., to Washington, D.C. This year, our road captain Jim Krueger has planned another 2,000-mile boating and motorcycling extravaganza that covers some of the most breathtaking geography and terrain in all of North America.”

Freedom Boat Club president and CEO John Giglio said the company is pleased to be sponsoring the ride for a second year.

“Last year, several of our franchise owners participated in the ride festivities and hosted great boating events for the riders at their clubs,” said Giglio. “The west coast is one of our company’s major areas for franchise growth, so we’re especially happy to be involved and to sponsor the tour once again. This year, a handful of our franchise owners and operators are also joining the ride, and we think that’s terrific!”

Boating activity is an integral part of the tour agenda. Previous tours have included a sunset ride aboard a 90-ft. party boat in Texas, San Diego bay cruises aboard a Beneteau sailboat and new power yacht, and most recently, a group cruise aboard a mix of fun day boats and deckboats to watch a command performance of the Blue Angels in Annapolis. This year, the tour is partnering with both Regal Marine and its Northwest retailer, Alexander Marine USA.

“Regal is a proud sponsor of the Pacific Coast Rush and we have several team members who have participated in the past and plan to ride again this year,” said Regal CEO Duane Kuck. “We’re especially pleased that our dealer Alexander Marine will be an integral part of the event’s boating festivities.”

The tour is designed for seasoned motorcyclists with group riding experience. The tour is restricted to those gainfully employed or retired from the boating industry, and their sponsored guests; friends are welcome to join so long as an industry rider is participating.

For more information about the 2016 Pacific Coast Rush, email Kenton Smith at and/or request membership in the exclusive Hull of a Tour Facebook Group

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