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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 rentals 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 in the high 40s and blustery winds at times. However, there are still a number of boat rentals 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 rentals 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.
This yatch is actually bigger and cooler than its looks. Great pics but don’t do justice to this beauty. Clean, smells great and the captain is so cool it was like he knew us forever. Gave us a brief guide on the boat and around. We will definitely book again soon..
I booked this last minute as a sunset sail to celebrate my birthday. Even w the cloudy weather, Mathias made the evening extra fun for my boyfriend and me. We can’t wait to plan another trip on his boat!! Mathias brought us drinks when we were least expecting it, took amazing pictures of us and took us out to lake union on a busy evening. He was very accommodating of our asks. I highly recommend his boat!
Thank you Mathias for an amazing time on your boat! The boat was clean and very kid friendly! He was a gracious host and was great with the little ones! The 4 hours went by in a blink and we got to see all of lake Washington! We got to swim and enjoy our time on the upper deck to lounge in the sun. We took some amazing photos! He was super kind and let the kids “drive” the boat and play captain! We can’t wait to get back out there on your gorgeous boat! Thank you!!
Mathias was a really great host. He responds promptly, contacted me 2 days before our trip asking for our preferences. He was very sweet to offer us free water and soft drinks onboard and also provided us with his ice cooler. The boat is amazing with a massive sun deck upfront. Mathias also took us to a great spot where we can swim and catered his route for some picturesque spots. Overall, I'd say just go with Mathias and you will not be disappointed. We will definitely book with him every summer!
Stop your search, this is the boat and Mathias is the captain. Mathias is absolutely amazing and took great care of my friends and I at SeaFair 2019. He was very easy to communicate with and answered all of our questions very quickly. When we arrived at the boat, Mathias has a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for us. While we were on the water, he even grilled burgers and brats for lunch. The small touches and attention to detail really made a huge difference and our SeaFair experience with Mathias was perfect.
Matt was such an amazing host! Not only was his boat very clean and spacious but he proactively setup time to discuss the meet up location, amenities on the boat, and answer any questions we had in advance of our day out. I would HIGHLY recommend him for a fun day out on the water!