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.
TJ was wonderful. This was the second time renting her boat on Lake Sammamish and WHAT A BLAST. High quality equipment, zero issues with anything. TJ was very professional, friendly, punctual and understanding. Would use her boat again without question.
Mathias was an excellent communicator before and during our trip. He was very patient and answered all our questions. Boat was clean, safe and well equipped with ice, water, paper & other supplies. Departure, arrival & onboarding instructions were very efficient. During our trip, Mathias was fun to be around, established good camaraderie with all the guests, very knowledgeable and kept us amused with all his stories. I would love to take another trip again with Mathias! Thank you Captain Mathias for making our family trip enjoyable and memorable!
We had an amazing time- everything was perfect. We chartered Mike’s boat for a work team outing to celebrate a big performance goal being met. Mike was prompt in responding to my inquiry and had great communication leading up to the event. Boat was as advertised- was roomy and clean- stereo was great and we were able to easily connect Bluetooth and there was a cooler provided. Mike was professional and cool, he offered to take us on a tour of the lake to see all the famous homes along the water- my team loved it! He dropped us off at the dock for our dinner reservation right on time and was waiting for us when we were finished. Once we got back, someone forgot something in the boat and he went out of his way to get it back to us. Overall great experience, everyone enjoyed themselves and we had a great time!
My husband and I traveled from North Dakota to WA to visit some friends. This was our very first sailing experience and we had so much fun. We were lucky enough to spot a few orcas in Puget Sound. Captain Russ was very nice and accommodating. The boat was beautiful. I would highly recommend booking a cruise with Captain Dylan/Russ if one is ever in the Seattle area. You will not be disappointed. We would definitely book again.
Mathias was such a gracious host and his boat was so clean, nice, and big!! This was my second time out with Mathias and I can't recommend him enough!! He has so many great stories, knows so much about the houses on the lake, takes you to so many great sites, and knows the best swimming spots!! We took my parents, kids, and relatives out and we all had a blast!! Our four hours on the water flew by so quickly!! Thanks again, Mathias!!
My group booked this vessel for the July 4th holiday, and had a great experience overall. We got to travel through Lake Washington and Lake Union, and spent some time swimming out on the water. Overall, a very fun afternoon! Mike was very helpful throughout organizing our trip.