Washington Boat Hire
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Washington State is a boating paradise, protected by two mountain ranges and home to glacial-like waters. The Pacific Northwest is quintessentially known for its water— from majestic orca populations to huge salmon runs, tribal canoes to opening day regattas, there are a million things to explore by boat in both the saltwater and freshwater regions of the Washington State.
There are many boating locations that locals and visitors like to cruise during the high seasons. Here are some of the top boating locations in the region, and the opportunities that they have to offer:
The city of Seattle is uniquely positioned on a long strip of land that stretches between a large freshwater lake and the saltwater Puget Sound. Marinas abound here is home to every form of boat imaginable to be found in the water—from stand-up paddleboard hire to kayaks and canoes, open fishing skiffs to monohull and multihull sailboats, multi-story mega yachts to an immense fleet of commercial shipping. There are also ferries, naval operations, research vessels, and Coast Guard watercraft frequently spotted in this area.. Because of this, there is much to discover here. Pleasure boaters can enjoy the calm waters of Lake Washington and the connected Lake Union by boat, or take the Ballard locks through to Puget Sound if they prefer saltwater boating. Along the way, they will be treated to views of bald eagles, harbor seals, and salmon in the right seasons. Fishing is excellent in both locations, as is the weather for sailing. For those who like multiday trips, this city is a perfect departure point for trips to the Hood Canal, the San Juan Islands, up the Inside Passage to Alaska, or even down the Pacific coast to the Columbia River of Lewis and Clark fame.
Puget Sound is the main protected waterway in Washington State and stretches from Neah Bay to the capital city of Olympia. It is home to wildlife like killer whales and offers excellent salmon and halibut fishing, making it a wonderful boating destination. Puget Sound represents one of the main North American shipping channels from Asia, is home to several naval bases, and is one of the West Coast headquarters for NOAA. It is also home to over a thousand miles of freshwater and saltwater coastline, hundreds of islands, dozens of parks and several large cities. The temperate weather in Puget Sound allows for year-round boating, though winter means early darkness, temperatures around 10 degrees and blustery winds at times. However, there are still a number of boat hires in Puget Sound on the water during the sunny days of the winter, as well as during the rest of the year.
Though Tacoma is best known for its commercial waterfront, there are great recreational boating opportunities here. Point Defiance, home to a combined zoo, park, aquarium and frontier fortress, is a highlight stop for boaters, as are the many islands that can be found in the region. The Tacoma Narrows passage offers some good rapids that can be enjoyed by kayakers and gives views of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which has architectural fame as “Galloping Gertie,” the bridge that undulated so severely with the wind that you could catch it on video. Tacoma in April brings the Daffodil Festival, where local boaters will bedeck their boats with daffodils and participate in the floating parade.
The waters of Washington State are as expansive as they are breathtaking. Experiencing them by boat will help you appreciate Washington’s beauty in a way that staying on land never can. With so many boat hire and charters to choose from, your adventures in Washington are sure to make memorable moments on the water.
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Steve is a true professional with great hospitality and knowledge of the area. We had a blast on this January trip for a birthday event and Steve made it extra special by being attentive of every little detail and showing us around Lake Washington. I would not hesitate to book again with him in the near future. Thank you!!
Incredible experience all the way around. Steve knows all sorts of facts about and beautiful sightseeing spots on Lake Washington and Lake Union. We couldn’t have had a better day on Steve’s boat!
Steve is just an amazing person and our evening in his boat was one of the best we've had in recent times! Furnished with excellent facilities, his boat is delightful and the overall experience was fantastic, worth every dollar of your investment in the trip!
I can’t say enough good things about Steve! His communication is on point! He has an amazing personality! He was super flexible and understanding. Made a great itinerary and we had the best time ever on the water. Book Steve’s boat... you will have a fun filled day making memories that will last a lifetime! 10 stars!!!
Loved the whole experience with Steve!! He’s a great communicator, his posting was very accurate. Steve was very welcoming and accommodating to the whole group (15 of us). Very chill and down to earth, great to talk to and cool with kids. Overall we’d definitely be coming back ☺️
Steve and his boat Survivors gave our party of 4 a great day on Lake Washington! He was courteous, knowledgable and clearly cared that our experience was all we hoped for and more. We cruised the shorelines, swam, enjoyed the sunshine and enjoyed seeing all sorts of wildlife: eagles, ducks, blue heron... A great day on the water! We’ll definitely cruise with Steve again!