Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to have boat operating experience to rent a boat?
Yes, we do require customers to have some boat operating experience. Our top concern is the safety of our customers.
Is a Washington State Boaters License required to rent a boat?
No. We have a form from Washington State Parks & Recreation our customers fill out which is a temporary boating license.
Do you offer charter services or a captain?
We currently are not licensed to offer this type of service. There are several companies that offer charter services. You will find these through the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce or San Juan Island Visitors Bureau shown on our links page.
How many passengers can your boats carry?
Per USCG regulations our 21' boats can carry up to 6 passengers and the 16' skiff can carry 4 passengers. On occasion we have allowed 7 passengers on the 21' boats when there are young children, but the maximum weight capacity is 900 lbs total for passengers and gear.
How far am I allowed to go in your boats?
The boats must stay within 25 miles of Roche Harbor and in US waters, so you can explore anywhere within the San Juans.
Am I allowed to beach the boats?
We do not allow our boats to be beached. They must be secured to a dock or buoy.
If I rent a boat for more than 1 day, can I keep it off site?
Yes, we do allow our boats to be kept off site provided there is a verifiable dock location where it will be kept.
What if I have a reservation and the weather is bad?
We do our best to accommodate our customers, but if the winds are too severe we will not allow our boats to be taken out. Safety is our top priority.
What if one of your boats is out of service?
In the event a boat is out of service and we have multiple reservations, we will honor reservations based on the earliest date of booking.
Whales & Wildlife Questions
Is there a chance I will see the Orca whales?
There is always that possibility. The last few years there have also been humpback whale sightings. The orca whales fall under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Please keep in mind there are federal regulations regarding boating and marine wildlife. To understand these regulations and avoid the possibility of civil or criminal penalties while boating, please be sure to read the information from Be Whale Wise and NOAA at the links below.
What other animals am I likely to see?
Chances are you will see sea lions, seals and bald eagles; just to name a few. You may even see Dall's porpoises or a Minke whale.
Where can I learn more about the orca whales?
There are several organization that have information about the orcas.
The Whale Museum, located in Friday Harbor, and the Centers for Whale Research are a couple of good resources.