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Adventure Charters

7001 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98117
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Adventure Charters is a family-owned provider of boat charters in Seattle. Steven Kesling, its owner, has 37 years of experience in the industry. It offers fishing, bottom fishing, crabbing, and sightseeing to its clients. The whole team at Adventure Charters gives their best effort in making client trips enjoyable. Its staff are CPR and first-aid certified and has Coast Guard masters license to ensure the safety of their customers. The fishing charter is also a member of the National Association of Charterboat Operators.

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Alaska Yacht Charters

PO Box 11301, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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Alaska Yacht Charters is a charter boat company that serves the Seattle area with tours along the Alaskan coast serving groups of up to nine guests. It has the necessary state and federal permits to access Southeastern Alaska's national parks, including the Glacier Bay National Park. Clients can enjoy wildlife viewing, salt-water fishing, crab catching, and a fine dining experience aboard the company's vessels. In more than 30 years, Alaska Yacht Charters has hosted over 5,000 guests on its trips.

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All Rivers & Saltwater Charters

Snoqualmie, WA 98065
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AllRivers and Saltwater Charters offers express-style tuna charters throughout Washington, providing a unique experience with only six anglers on a given boat. Trips are about 10 hours long and take place about 50 miles offshore in a semi-tropical marine environment. This business is a two-time winner of the Certificate of Excellence Award from Trip Advisor. They are affiliated with the Westport Charter Boat Association.

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All Star Seattle Fishing Charters

Seattle, WA 98117
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All Star Charters is a fun, friendly fishing operation serving Seattle's Puget Sound since 1968. They boast knowledgeable skippers who are well-versed in the migratory cycles of prized species like king salmon, silver salmon, sockeye salmon, and others. All Star Charters offers both four and six-hour fishing trips year round, on clean, safe vessels with all equipment provided.

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Argosy Cruises

1101 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
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Argosy Cruises in Seattle is a charter boat company that offers public sightseeing tours and private event bookings to clients in the metro. The company has been operating for more than 70 years and is headed by Kevin Clark, who has been with the company since 2006. It offers boat tours around the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle's Original Harbor Cruise and the Christmas Ship tours. Argosy Cruises caters to social parties, private functions, birthdays, and corporate events.

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Candere Cruising

Seattle, WA 98103
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Candere Cruising offers private cocktail cruises on Seattle's Lake Union, boasting spectacular views of the Space Needle, Gas Works Park, the Fremont Bridge and St. Marks Cathedral, as well as the oldest floating home in Seattle. Customers can opt for a variety of fun adventures, including a lakefront mansion tour, sunset sailing adventure, and more. This business has a perfect five-star overall customer rating from both Yelp and Trip Advisor.

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CedarWave Maritime Heritage Experiences

Seattle, WA 98109
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CedarWave Maritime Heritage Experiences offers private yacht charters on Puget Sound and Lake Washington upon classic wooden vessels for special events and occasions. They help preserve historic vessels by restoring the ships and putting them back to work for exciting, relaxing tours of the Seattle area, including views of waterfront gardens, historic sites, island getaways, and other natural and manmade wonders.

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Charter Fishing Seattle

456 Admiral Way, Edmonds, WA 98020
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Charter Fishing Seattle is a company that offers charter reservations to individual or group clients in Seattle and its surrounding areas. Its salmon or bottom fishing charter service includes all necessary equipment such as tackle, gear, rods, bait, reels, and fuel. In addition, the business handles fish cleaning and bagging. Its boats are captained by skippers licensed with the U.S. Coast Guard. Featured in Seattle Magazine, Charter Fishing Seattle was established by Murphy Pierson in 1984. Pierson carries over 30 years of fishing experience.

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Cut Plug Charters - Seattle Salmon Fishing

7001 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98117
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Cut Plug Charters - Seattle Salmon Fishing is a fishing charter in Seattle that offers seasonal fishing opportunities to clients in the metro. It offers fishing tours in the Pacific Northwest and offers hands-on fishing activities. Cut Plug caters to people of all ages including first-timers, novice fishermen, and experienced anglers. Its specialty catches include salmon, lingcod, flounder, and freshwater fishes like bass and trouts. The fishing charter also offers sightseeing tours and sea burial services.

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Emerald City Pirates

860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
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Emerald City Pirates is a charter boat company in Seattle that offers cruises, sightseeing tours, and celebration activities to clients in the metro. The company started in 2017 and provides pirate-themed activities in its flagship Queen Anne's Revenge, a 50-foot watercraft that can accommodate up to 47 passengers. Some of the activities Emerald City Pirates offers include family cruises, company events, birthday celebrations, boat weddings, as well as national holiday celebrations such as July 4th and Memorial Day.

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Enchantress Cruises

Seattle, WA 98109
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Founded in 2009, Seattle-based Enchantress Cruises strives to provide customers with a romantic, one-of-a-kind experience, whether they opt for a romantic sightseeing dinner cruise or a daytime sailing adventure. Their private cruises can accommodate up to six guests and include light hors d’ oeuvres and a two person crew. Full gourmet catering dinner cruises are also available.

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Fish Finders Charters Seattle

7501 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98117
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Opened in 1994, Fish Finders Charters Seattle offers private and shared salmon fishing charters. Catering to beginner and expert clients in the local metro, the company handles services such as saltwater trolling, bottom fishing, drifting, and fishing tours. Carl Nyman, its owner and operator, has 35 years of industry experience in salmon fishing. A member of the National Association of Charter Association, Nyman also served as vice president and secretary of the Charter Boat Association of Puget Sound.

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Historic Luxury Yacht

2913 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
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Historic Luxury Yacht is a private yacht that caters to dockside accommodations and intimate events throughout Seattle. The Linmar has been around since WWII and has cruised the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and the Inner Alaskan Passage. This private charter boat features five staterooms, three queen staterooms, a four-bunk bed stateroom, and a twin-bunk room. Throughout the years, this luxury yacht has accommodated numerous guests, including Elton John and The Rolling Stones. Historic Luxury Yacht hosts various types of events, such as weddings and birthdays.

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Hot Tub Boats

2520 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
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Hot Tub Boats is an independent business in Seattle created in 2011. It rents classic wooden boats that are custom-built, and the tubs are handcrafted. These boats are powered by electric motors and maintain the temperature by a diesel-fired boiler. Its boats have met the U.S. Federal Regulations for Boat Builders and are also in conformance with the European Recreational Craft Directive. Hot Tub Boats works with the United States Coast Guard to ensure the safety of the boats.

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Jamal Charters

Kirkland, WA 98033
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Jamal Charters offers luxury cruises in the Seattle area on a 75-foot ocean trawler yacht. This boat is certified by the United States Coast Guard and has had the same crew for more than 25 years. It boasts a sky lounge, fresh gourmet catering, two wet bars, and king-size staterooms with en suite baths. Trips can include all types of outdoor activities, such as whale watching, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycling, hiking, and fishing. Discounts are offered from October through April.

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Lake Union Charters and Adventures

Seattle, WA 98109
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Based in Seattle, Lake Union Charters and Adventures offers a range of fun events and activities, including holiday parade and light tours, sailing lessons and workshops, and private charters for weddings and other celebrations. Founded in 2012 with the mission to help people enjoy being out on the water, Lake Union Charters and Adventures has a fleet of 10 sailboats for sightseeing and other services.

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MV Discovery

1080 West Ewing Street, Seattle, WA 98119
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Established in 1981, the MV Discovery provides cruise and yacht charters from Seattle to Juneau. The family-owned and operated tour operator was one of the first to conduct cruises in Alaska and Canada and is capable of showing touring clients hidden gems in addition to the popular sights. Clients can also watch wildlife, such as Pacific white-sided dolphins and killer whales, during the cruise. The MV Discovery also holds permits that allow clients to fish for wild Alaska salmon, shrimp, halibut, and Dungeness crab.

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Northwest Fishing Charters

Lynnwood, WA 98037
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Northwest Fishing Charters offers fishing day trips on the Puget Sound with boats featuring stable fishing platforms, refrigerators, electronic downriggers, and high-end electronics. Trips can accommodate four to six guests of all ages and skill levels, allowing customers to catch salmon and other native fish in a fun, low-pressure environment.

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Point Lavinia Commercial Charters

1900 West Nickerson, Seattle, WA 98119
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Point Lavinia Commercial Charters has been serving Seattle since 1985. The Point Lavinia is a comfortable platform and can be used in different activities in the sea. It operates in the southeast area of Alaska and the Canadian border for fishing gill net salmon with crew support. It also offers accommodation with four staterooms aboard. There is a large salon, a full galley, an upper deck for meals, barbecue parties, social gatherings, and an outside seating area.

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Sailing Seattle

1201 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
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Sailing Seattle is a company that offers boat charter services in Seattle. For more than 36 years, the company has offered public charter services such as day trips, sunset excursions, corporate events, family outings, and private charter services. There are two 70-foot U.S. coast certified sailing vessels named S/V Obsession and S/V Neptune's Car that can accommodate 48 and 35 guests respectively. With a crew of professionals at the helm, the passengers can enjoy sailing on a yacht.

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Seattle Boat Tours

2900 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
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Seattle Boat Tours is a Seattle-based boat charter agency that offers customized cruises and boat rentals in the metro. Providing ticketed cruises for singles and couples, overnight rentals, and cruise by the hour services, the agency aims to provide clients with an unforgettable experience in the waters. Seattle Boat Tours also caters to special events and occasions and is committed to making the time of its clients worthwhile and fun.

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Seattle Fun Boat

Seattle, WA 98119
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Seattle Fun Boat promises customers more fun than they could possibly have on land, with affordable private cruises for up to 27 guests. They boast wacky options like the ability to dress the captain in any costume, full catering options or BYOB, sound systems with DJ, clothing-optional cruises, and even wedding celebrations.

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Sternwheeler Charters

PO Box 78661, Seattle, WA 98178
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Sternwheeler Charters has been offering boat charter services in Seattle's Lake Washington and Lake Union since 2003. The charter services include all types of parties and special events for family and corporate functions. The company offers the crewed excursions on the Christine W., which is a 68-feet U.S. Coast Guard certified vessel with a capacity to accommodate up to 49 passengers. The vessel is manned by a licensed captain and an experienced crew with years of experience in the industry.

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The Electric Boat Company

Seattle, WA 98109
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Based in Seattle, The Electric Boat Company has provided boat rentals and sales as well as private events since 2005. Customers can sail Lake Union and see the city sights in 21-foot boats that can accommodate up to 10 passengers and features tables, plush leather seats, and stereo system with iPod attachment. This company also offers custom event planning for on-board weddings and other celebrations.

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Tyee Charters

231 Parfitt Way Southwest, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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Tyee Charters is a charter boat company serving customers looking for a fishing experience in Seattle. It has locations in Shilshole Bay Marina and Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island and mainly offers light tackle angling in the Puget Sound. The company can guide anglers in catching lingcod, halibut, and salmon, using tackles from brands such as Sage, Shimano, Islander, and Gamakatsu. It is owned by Captain Matt McCulloch, who is experienced in fishing in the area and has been assisting anglers since 1994.

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Viaggio Luxury Yacht Charter

Seattle, WA 98127
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Located in Seattle, Viaggio Luxury Yacht Charter allows customers to explore the Pacific Northwest and Alaska in style on a 72-foot luxury yacht with a full crew. Their main yacht sleeps six in a master suite and two twin berths, also boasting a full salon with panoramic views and an enclosed aft deck with dining area for comfortable travel no matter what the weather.

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Wind Knot Salmon Guides

7409 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98117
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Wind Knot Salmon Guides is a charter boat and fishing company in Seattle that serves local residents. The company specializes in various services, including morning private salmon trips, afternoon salmon trips, evening salmon trips, and custom and sightseeing trips. It uses the "mooching" fishing technique to catch salmon in the Puget Sound of the Pacific Northwest. It also provides clients with an enclosed private restroom. Wind Knot Salmon Guides leaves from Shilshole Marina in the historic Nordic fishing town of Ballard, Washington.

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Windworks Sailing and Powerboating

Seattle, WA 98117
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Seattle's Windworks Sailing and Powerboating is the only regional location that offers U.S. sailing and powerboating lessons. They also provide summertime expeditions to the San Juan Islands, social sailing time, and private boat charters. Unlimited sailboat club membership is also available. Customers can check the website for special offers on lessons and charters.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I become a first mate on a charter boat?

A: The first officer or mate on a yacht is the captain's right-hand person and must have an excellent knowledge of bridge, navigation, and deck procedures. They must also have a thorough knowledge of safety procedures. This role requires at least five years of experience and an Officer of the Watch (Unlimited) license at a minimum.

Q: How do I become a charter boat captain?

A: To become a charter boat captain, individuals must have years of relevant maritime experience and extensive training. They will have risen through the ranks to gain captain status. They must also have hands-on experience operating a motor or sailing yacht.

Q: Is owning a yacht for charter profitable?

A: Owning a yacht can be an expensive venture, but when owners turn it into a business opportunity, it can be profitable. Chartering your yacht can help offset the cost of owning it and bring you a profit if you get a lot of bookings during the season.

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