Sailing in Seattle

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The Electric Boat Company outfits customers with Duffy electric boats and sets them loose on beautiful Lake Union for self-guided watercraft fun. The Duffy cruisers hold as many as 10 guests and are equipped with two tables, beverage holders, and a sound system that connects to both the on-board CD player/radio and personal iPods. Clad in leather seats, these 21-foot floatables can be fully enclosed and heated, meaning boaters can make a sporting day on the lake regardless of the weather's moody inclinations. After a 15-minute registration and procedures lesson, captains of all skill levels can dock and sail across the waters of Lake Union and the river Styx. Set-sailors can pack a cooler with snacks and congealing chemistry projects, pick up forgotten ice and drinks at the on-site snack shop, or satisfy appetites at one of 12 restaurants accessible by boat, including Ivar's Salmon House, McCormick & Schmick's Harborside, and Chandler's Crabhouse.

2046 Westlake Ave N, Ste 102
Seattle,
WA
US

Avid surfers and owners of Surf Ballard, Andrew Drake and Jim Simpson fit their customers out with all the equipment necessary for surfing and standup paddleboarding on Puget Sound and have earned a Best Sporting Goods Shop of 2010 title from viewers of King 5. The outfit rents boards, paddles, wetsuits, and booties to customers in search of fun and exercise, no matter their skill level or ability to casually utilize the lexicon of surfers in a college admission essay. Surf Ballard also serves as home to the Washington Surf Academy, which teaches novices and veterans alike how to surf properly, and WASUP Yoga, which allows participants to assume yoga poses on standup paddle boards. Surf Ballard is open Wednesday–Sunday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

6300 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle,
WA
US

Alki Kayak Tours and her sister store, Mountain to Sound Outfitters, equip guests with all the tools necessary to delve into Puget Sound’s surrounding wilderness regardless of season. Authorized dealers of goods from outdoor brands including Rossignol, Nordica, Snap Dragon, and Boardworks SUP, Mountain to Sound Outfitters’ knowledgeable equipment masters can outfit expeditions bound for skiing trips to Mount Rainier or full-contact LARPing in Olympic National Park. Alki Kayak Tours keeps adventures moving with vehicle rentals ranging from kayaks and paddleboards to fishing boats and bikes. Guided sea-kayak and paddleboard tours meander through Puget Sound during warmer months, introducing adventurers to the Emerald City’s fragile natural beauty and the mindful guides’ various methods of preserving it.

3602 SW Alaska St
Seattle,
WA
US

For more than 40 years, Seattle Sailing Club has made sailing into both a sport and a social event. Club members have access to a fleet of 26 boats, from small keelboats to 40-footers, which they can take out on Puget Sound at their leisure. Membership levels allow for unlimited day sailing or a pay-as-you-go arrangement, as well as overnight sailing for captains who have memorized where all the stop signs are. New sailors and weathered seadogs alike can sign up for lessons taught by licensed instructors, as well as pick up the latest gear. And the club emphasizes the community aspect of boating as well—members frequently come together for races, parties, and group flotillas.

7001 Seaview Ave NW, Ste 130
Seattle,
WA
US

WELCOME TO A BETTER WAY TO BOAT! We're the Waypoint Boating Club and our mission is to make it easy and affordable for you to enjoy the splendor of our Northwest waters. Imagine having a boat ready to go; no time or money spent on maintenance, moorage or insurance. No down payment and big monthly expenses!

5350 30th Ave NW
Seattle,
WA
US

Buy here for an hour of rowing on Lake Union and an annual individual membership to the CWB for $15 (up to a $60 value).

1010 Valley St
Seattle,
WA
US