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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GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Washington.
Michael was already there waiting for us when we arrived. The deck is very easy to access and there are a lot of parking spaces. The boat is large (can take 10+ people) and is very clean. Michael is so friendly. He talked to us when he saw celebrities’ houses but also gave us enough personal space by not interrupting our conversations. We went all the way from Renton to Seattle. Very nice view! It was such a great experience!
Michael was amazing since the beginning. He answered my inquiry promptly and constantly communicate with us. He was nice enough to pick us up from a closer location to us and we were so appreciative of his flexibility. Michael was so helpful during the whole entire boat ride. He even gave us a small tour of the lake houses. Me and my friends had an amazing experience with him. He is so down to earth and made us feel so comfortable the entire time. I would definitely recommended Michael for anyone trying to have a good time! Definitely a 10/10 experience!
I would 100% recommend booking Michael's boat! He was friendly, communicative and reliable. When I arrived at the dock, he was polishing the interior of the boat to make sure everything was in perfect condition for our rental. Michael was very thorough in explaining everything about the features of the boat, tubes on board (there was even an electric pump!) and all the safety equipment on board. This was an A+ experience thanks to Michael and I can't wait to book with him again.
We had a wonderful experience with our captain TJ. From the moment I sent inquiry to the end of the boat tour, everything worked out perfectly. TJ is the best person in Seattle if you are new to the boating world. She was so kind to us and offered top notch service to make our first boating experience a special one. She taught my teenage son from lake union all the way back to Mercer island. She is an experienced coach and shared her valuable knowledge with my son. Thank you TJ. We will book again soon. See you!
TJ made our afternoon on the water perfect and even better than I had hoped. Her communication before our trip was excellent and tips on parking appreciated. Not only is she super cool, friendly, accommodating and qualified as a captain, she shared fun facts about many of the homes on the lake. I highly recommend TJ and her beautiful boat, money well spent and I can’t wait to go out again!
We love old boats and cool people -- Dorin and his boat did not disappoint! Dorin was an excellent host. He knew a lot of interesting things about the area. I was especially impressed because I have lived in Seattle for over 15 years and the history he told us I had never heard before. I am not sure if it is because the boat is heavier, but the ride was very smooth and comfortable. The inside of the boat is just as cute and nice as the outside. Overall, a great experience that I highly recommend!