Puget Sound is one of the Pacific Northwest’s prime recreational hotspots. The huge body of water east of Admiralty Inlet allows ocean water to flow inland about 50 miles from the coast to provide ports for ships in Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia. Boaters can explore the Sound's network of channels, inlets, estuaries and islands, as well as enjoy some of the most bountiful fishing in the entire region. Visitors have a wide range of boat rental options, from big yachts to smaller fishing boats.
Big Power Boats
Bellingham Yacht Charters has a fleet of motor yachts available for charter in the Pacific Northwest, including for fishing in Puget Sound. The company offers a range of Cutwaters, Sabre Yachts and Back Cove Yachts, from the 28-foot “Gypsy Pearl” to the 41-foot “Ellgi.” The charter service is based in the Squalicum harbor center in Bellingham, Washington, just south of the Canadian border. Reservations are accepted over the phone.
Variety of Vessels
You can choose from a range of boats for exploring the waters at Gig Harbor Rent-A-Boat and Charters, located on a bay on Puget Sound. The company rents kayaks, canoes and paddleboats for visitors who want to explore the inner harbor, where there is less boat traffic. For more adventurous boaters, Gig Harbor also rents a 16-foot Jetcraft power boat, with room for up to five passengers, that is ideal for sightseeing, fishing and crabbing.
Hoist the Sails, Rev the Engines
Windworks Sailing and Powerboating in Seattle has 24 boats for rent or charter, most of them sailboats. Sailboats range from seven 22-foot Catalina Capris to the elegant 49-foot Jeanneau yacht, “Angelique,” which sleeps 10 in three spacious staterooms. In addition, three powerboats are available, ranging in length from 31 to 34 feet. Most boats can be rented for anywhere from a single day to a week; skippered charters also are available. For corporate charters or big parties such as weddings, Windworks also offers the Orion, a 65-foot classic yawl that can carry up to 25 passengers. Orion was built in 1934; during World War II, it served in the Coastal Picket Patrol searching for German U-boats on the Eastern Seaboard.
The Waypoint Boating Club, also based in Seattle, has seven different powerboats available for half day or full day rental, from a 12-foot Avon 360 SeaSport inflatable that can accommodate up to four passengers to a 30-foot Four Winns 288 Vista, with room for 10. Visitors are encouraged to rent the boats for water skiing, wakeboarding, fishing or simply family cruising all around the Puget Sound. Sign up for a club membership and get 10 percent off rental rates and 20 percent off on holidays.