Captain a Boat on Lake Union

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This cute little touring boat caught my fancy when I was at North Passage Point Park last week, so I looked up the info online from the “Rent Me” sign on its side. The boats are rented out by The Electric Boat Company, located on Westlake Ave.

The Duffy boats hold up to 10 people and can be rented for 2, 3, or 4 hours at $100 per hour. That sounds like a lot, but spread between several people it’s pretty reasonable. Six people for two hours would only be $34 each, which isn’t bad for such a unique experience. The boats are available to rent year-round.

The rental company provides instruction on how to operate the boat, life preservers and a map, and then you’re free to captain your party around Lake Union and the canals.

You can bring your own food and drinks or have your cruise catered from the company’s menu. There’s a small table on the boat and room for a cooler. (If you don’t have your own you can get a cooler and ice from the rental company for $5.)

In inclement weather, clear plastic can be zipped up around the sides to keep out wind and rain. And the company will also provide small space heaters if needed.

For those who worry about such things, the provided map indicates places you can dock and use a bathroom around the lake should an urgent situation arise.

I saw a customer photo on an online review site of the boats at dock at the rental location. I’m not sure how easy or possible it is for those with mobility issues to get in and out of the boats. If that’s an issue I suggest calling the company and discussing that specifically before deciding to set a date and make a reservation.

It looks like a lot of fun, and a great way to spend some quality time with family, a group of friends, or guests from out-of-town while enjoying the sights of our fair city. Three-hour tour anyone? Heh.

Electric Boat Company website


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