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.
We had an AWESOME time on Mathias’s boat. He was communicative throughout the booking process and was on-time the day of the trip. We wanted to take a leisurely ride and see some of the mansions on the water and Mathias delivered! He also provided a lot of info on the houses which was cool. The boat was in great condition and all 9 people in my party had a great time. Looking fwd to taking more friends that visit out on the water with Mathias in the future!
TJ thinks of everything. In addition to the basics like life rafts, she provided iced down drinks like water and seltzer. There are soft, warm blankets on board in case it gets too cold on the water. There's a shade, a table and a First Aid kit just in case. We had a ball and will definitely be using her again!
TJ IS SUCH A LOVELY HUMAN <3. Her boat is beautiful, clean, and sparkly. She even taught us how to drive the boat around Lake Washington, and she knows all the perfect spots for a good picture! We watched the sunset together and had a great time chatting with her. She came fully equipped! You can find pretty much everything you need on her boat (inflatable tubes, water guns, portable potty, blankets, a mini desk, drinks, YOU NAME IT). We hope to see her again when the water gets a little bit warmer!
Mathias was great from the start to finish of his rental with the well taken care of Rinker 192. Boat was clean and fast! Mathias met us and boat was already ready for operation, just some quick digital paperwork and an inspection and we were off! Also gave some great tips of places to see on the water including the famed T-Rex house near Medina. He was ready for us when we arrived after the 8 hour day that went so quick. Process afterwards was just as quick at the beginning. He and his wife were great! 8 hours is a great deal and I’m my opinion the full 8 hours is needed to really enjoy the day on the water. Thank you, Mathias!
We rented Mathias’ boat on short notice for our son’s 18th. Mathias was upfront about the not so great weather that day which we were okay with. We had a lovely time - the boat was well maintained, he was very friendly, courteous and make sure we had a fabulous time! Highly recommend!
The sunset. The bald eagle hunting next to us. The seaplane landing. The music. The wind. The comfort of knowing we were in good hands with Captain Will. Not one worry. He is a master of his craft...and so kind and thoughtful. He makes you feel at home. The best experience I have had in a very long time. Don’t even wait a second! Book. Unless I beat you to it ;)