Perfect Puget Sound Sailboat

(101 bookings)
30 ft
Boat length
Up to 6
Captain optional
This boat is rented with or without a captain
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The boat

Is there sun or wind on the horizon? Is it time for a fun adventure on the water? Need a birthday or anniversary venue? Or, just want to do a bit of sightseeing?

During the past ten years we have outfitted Emma Lee to meet all our cruising needs for our trips to the San Juans and the Canadian Gulf Islands. We also race her in the winter and took first place in the Inshore Cruising Class in the Swiftsure International Race in 2019 and first place in the NFS Cruising Class in the Southern Sound Series in 2018.

The boat is available as bareboat charter (with no Captain) or with me as the Captain. I have a USCG issued Captains License, am an American Sailing Association certified sailing instructor, and love to help others to learn how to sail. I also am the Program Chair for the local sailing club where I facilitate a "New Sailboat Owners Course."

When I am the Captain, you have a choice of me doing the sailing or participating as an active member of the crew, including being at the helm.

It is a great boat improving your sailing skills, for sunset dinners, for celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, scattering ashes, and having a fun adventure on Puget Sound. Also, there is no additional cost for additional passengers, so invite your friends, who can help pay the cost!

The sailboat has a refrigerator, an inflatable dinghy, a barbecue grill, hot and cold water, and all the dishes, bedding, and utensils you will need. It sleeps five adults and can accommodate six clients on day-cruises.

There are four State Marine Parks within three hours. Gig Harbor and Tacoma are a half-day away and Seattle can be reached in a longish day.

South Sound is known for its great views of the Olympics and Mt. Rainier, picturesque inlets and harbors, warmish swimming water (in July and August), and many bays and destinations to explore.

If you live in Western Oregon or Southwest Washington, Olympia is the gateway to Puget Sound. Also, if you are visiting from out-of-state or have out-of-town guests, chartering Emma Lee is a great way to enjoy Puget Sound and Western Washington. In addition, if you are thinking about buying a Catalina or another sailboat, I’d be happy to share my stories of buying used sailboats and the benefits and pitfalls. In addition, I can help convince a reluctant significant other that sailing is fun and not a scary thing.

The boat can me chartered for multiple days. I will pay for fuel on charters with me as Captain and the renter will be responsible for fuel on bareboat charters.

If the weather forecast is not good on the day you reserve it, you can postpone your reservation to a later date or cancel.

We hope that chartering Emma Lee will be a fabulous experience for your family, as it has been for us and our prior clients. As you can see from the reviews, my prior guests -- without exception -- had a fabulous time and thought it was money well-spent.

Captain Bob

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Cooler / Ice chest
Swim ladder
Children's life jackets
Depth finder
VHF Radio


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30 Fin
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Boat owner
(66 bookings)
I had the good fortune to be raised on the shores of Puget Sound north of Tacoma. As a child, we had row boats, a ski boat, and a 16-foot sailboat. In recent years, we've owned three sailboats, starting with a Cal 20', then a Catalina 25, and now our Catalina 30. We have lots of other interests, such as hiking, biking, and taking photographs, so Emma Lee spends too much time in the slip. We're hoping that by being able to charter her, she will provide the same-level of joy that she provides us.
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  • Response rate: 98%
  • Avg. response time: < 12 hours

Things to know

Allowed on boat

kids under 12
glass bottles

  • Free cancellations until 5 days before the booking start time.
  • 50% refund for cancellations between 3-5 days before the booking start time.
  • Cancellations within 2 days of the booking start time are non-refundable.
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A security deposit hold (not a charge) will be placed on your credit card 48 hours before your booking starts to cover any incidental damage that may occur during your rental. This hold is released 48 hours after the booking is complete, if no claims are made. The security deposit amount for the boat you are booking will be outlined during the check-out process.

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If requested, the owner can provide a list of available captains for bareboat charter or the renter can use their own qualified captain. If the boat is being time chartered, the owner will provide the Captain.