When I got to Seattle, my girlfriend and I had a goal of the summer to find a friend with a boat. We never got around to it, so here in the dead of winter the last thing I expected was to find a boating option that didn’t require ownership or training to ride on it privately. Electric Boat Company provided both of those things.
We learned about this through a friend of mine visiting from the East Coast and his other transplant East Coast friends. They had been renting private boats to cruise around Lake Union all summer while we were out hiking the wilderness. We’ll soon be repaying the favor of them showing us this experience by taking them out into Washington’s bountiful nature.
In order to rent a boat here, all you have to do is pony up the cash and watch a 5 minute video on how to drive. There’s no waiver. You can have up to 10 people on one boat and rent is by the hour. It’s a bring your own booze operation with the option to park your rented boat at lakeside dining establishments to get drinks there.
We were all pretty astounded with how easy this process was. Having a boat on the water feels like a huge privilege. The view from the water is incredible. We cruised to the Fremont Bridge and watched it raise as we were under it. We saw several sea planes land on Lake Union. We saw the sun set over Queen Anne, painting the sky line with golden light. We talked about which house boats were the coolest and how interesting and unique the architecture was.
The only downside to our experience was that the first boat we took out had issues. It began to make a noise as we headed out which only got worse. Our friend who was more familiar with the boats called it, then and there, that something was wrong and we turned it around. By this time I was already on my second beer and didn’t have the presence of mind to pee before we shipped off on the second boat. So this stretched our original planned 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes.
5 beers later. The minute my other friend mentioned having to piss it was the only thing I could think about. I thought about peeing off the side of my boat (risking indecent exposure), I thought about peeing in a recycling bucket (risking showing our new friends my privates the first time we’ve hung out), I thought about pissing my pants (wouldn’t be the first time likely won’t be the last). Luckily, everyone else understood the risks and shamed me to decide to wait it out, which I managed to do just barely.
Other than my pee dramatics. This experience was excellent. I loved that it was no frills, just rent a boat, bring some beers, and cruise Lake Union. There’s no doubt in my mind we’ll be doing this again several times.
Cost: $125 an hour / # of people you’re with
Rating: Very dope
Will I do it again?: Oh Yeah