Now that the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted for boating and State Marine Parks have reopened, I am once again making my Catalina 30 sailboat available for bareboat charters for experienced sailors and their households. As my family discovered several weeks ago, spending a weekend cruising in Southern Puget Sound is a GREAT way to get out of the house and continue to be quarantined.
We have pristine moorages, many marine State Parks with inexpensive buoys and docks, miles of beaches to roam, and bays and inlets to sail. Emma Lee has everything you need for a half-day, day, or week on Puget Sound. If you bring your own groceries, cook your meals on the boat, and drop an anchor at night, you will be safe from the virus and the cost of your trip will be less than what you would spend on a car trip for hotels, gas, and 2-3 meals at restaurants.
During the past nine 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 Southern Sound Series in 2018.
It has a refrigerator, an inflatable dingy, a barbecue grill, hot and cold water, a sun-shower (and a small inside shower), and all the dishes, bedding, and utensils you will need. It sleeps five adults and can accommodate up to eight people 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 our 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, 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 other 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.
If the weather forecast is not good on the day you reserve, you can postpone your reservation to a later date, subject to boat availability, or cancel it.
In this era of the Corona virus, you will be required to attest that you and your crew are not showing symptoms of the virus and you have not been in the presence of those with the virus for the past two-weeks, with exceptions made for medical professionals and first-responders. The boat will be disinfected prior to each charter and disposal utensils and paper plates will be available.
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.
Bob was great! He was very accommodating for our family of five, and was quick to respond to texts and emails.
His boat is well-equipped, and in fantastic condition. We had a lovely three days onboard, and look forward to doing it again, sometime soon.
We had a wonderful experience on Bob’s boat. The boat is in exceptional condition and outfitted for any type of sailing you want to do. Doing business with Bob is also a pleasure and I highly recommend him and his boat. I cannot wait to return to the area and sail this boat again.
Robert was a wonderful captain for my family (and our little yorkshire terrier, too). My favorite part of the trip was learning the terminology of sailing and helping crew. I feel like I learned a lot since I hadn't been on a sailboat in over 20+ years. My husband had a chance to skipper and we were all smiles. We had a lot of fun and even stayed overnight at the Marina which was a memorable and fun part of our adventure.
Terrific experience! Emma Lee is lovely, well maintained, extremely well appointed, and a pleasure to motor or sail. Sailing is all about the details and Bob & Emma Lee took care of everything; the boat had everything it should have (and then some) and we only needed to bring groceries and clothes. Bob met us at the marina on departure with fresh towels and linens, gave a great overview, made sure we had fluids, and was full of local knowledge about where to go when. He met us on the return and had us on our way quickly. A true pleasure.
We had an amazing time on the boat. We were looking to try out sleeping on a boat, kind of a trial before we looked into getting a boat for ourselves. Knowing this Robert was extremely accommodating exchanging many messages and even rescheduling to a different day when the original scheduled day’s weather was going to make it a bumpy night. When the day of the rental finally came Robert helped get us all set for the night and gave us a great suggestion to explore Hope Island the next day. Over all the boat was really nice, clean, comfortable, and Robert was very patient (many messages). Our experience couldn't have been better. It was such a great experience we just got our new to us sailboat in the water last weekend.
Captain Bob was great! Great boat too! My wife and I chartered for a whole day with Captain Bob as the skipper. We also brought our two girls, ages 6 and 4. Bob was really great with the kids and made it comfortable and inclusive from the very beginning. We really enjoyed our adventure and it was a great and affordable way to introduce my family to sailing and boating. We definitely recommend!
We rented this sail boat for our friend’s 30th birthday and we had a blast! The boat was in good shape with plenty of room to hang out above or below deck. There is seating and a table in the cabin, a cooler, and even a stove/oven to cook with. Bob, the captain, was incredibly hospitable and gave great instructions on how to sail the boat. We each got to take turns steering and operating the sails. The interactive approach Bob takes really made this a great adventure and one we will soon repeat! I highly recommend Bob and his sail boat, even if you have zero experience on a boat, you will have fun! Can’t wait to go again!
We rented Emma Lee for two days and one night and found Bob to be a great host, very friendly and accommodating. His Catalina 30 is a fine ship and in great condition, she has everything you’ll need and all equipment was operational!
We had 5 onboard during the day and 3 stayed for the overnight, we had plenty of room for us and our stuff.
Looking forward to renting from Bob again.
Bob had a very well equipped boat with all the navigation and safety equipment you could need. The boat is in great condition, and it really is perfect for Puget Sound. We had a great time sailing to Gig Harbor. We stayed overnight and sailed back the next day. We hope to rent this boat again next year.
This boat and owner are tops! Bob was very helpful, answered all questions promptly, and was willing to work with us on meeting times and supplies. He also provided excellent information about boating destinations and overnight docking. We rate the sailboat as superb--it was exactly as advertised, in excellent condition, had everything we could want on board and more...and was even more spacious "down below" than we expected. Our trip was wonderful and we highly recommend Bob and his boat.
Robert was a great renter, and his Catalina 30 was a beautiful boat that was in excellent shape. We had a wonderful sailing experience. Also, the marina was in a nice, easy-to-find location, and lower Puget Sound was great for sailing and exploration. I highly recommend renting Robert's Catalina 30!
My wife and I had an amazing experience. Robert had everything ready to go and was more than helpful with planning the trip. The boat is really well equipped and sails beautifully. I would definitely recommend try this out if you like sailing!
We had a great time and as a family of 5 the boat had plenty of space. It is in excellent condition and very well maintained. Bob was extremely helpful, well organized and professional. The kayaks and tender were a very nice bonus. We would absolutely recommend the boat and its owner.
We had a great time on the Emma Lee. The boat is well equipped and maintained, better than other charter boats I have been on. Sails are in great shape since they are only 5 years old. Bob was easy to work with, a prompt communicator and interested that we had a good time. This was our first time in the South Sound and found plenty of interesting places to explore. - Steve
Bob was extremely easy to work with and I will request to sail aboard his nicely appointed Catalina 30 again. My wife and our son and daughter-in-law enjoyed cruising up to Bainbridge and back to Olympia over the weekend. Bob did a great job of communicating with me when I had questions about where to eat and places to avoid and moorage. Great time and I would definitely recommend leasing from Bob!
We spent a day sailing in southern Puget Sound aboard the Emma Lee and had a great time. The boat is in extremely good condition and well equipped for a day or a week. Robert was more than helpful with information on local attractions and sailing conditions. We especially appreciated his flexibility with scheduling and his attention to detail during the boat check out. We'll charter this boat again the next time we are in Olympia.
We just got back from two wonderful days on the the South Puget Sound aboard Emma Lee.
The views were spectacular, we enjoyed the wildlife, both on and off shore, and took advantage of the opportunity to hike through the woods in two of the local State parks. The boat was clean and well appointed, the check out at the dock was smooth and efficient, and the boat handled well in a variety of conditions.
Bob was responsive and accommodating, providing kayaks and a dingy. He also had great suggestions about crushing destinations and routes of passage.
I can highly recommend this boat and would not hesitate to book her again.
My wife and I rented Bob's boat this past weekend. Bob met us at the boat and went above and beyond to ensure we had everything we needed. We spent 4 days exploring the South Sound. The boat was well equipped. We spent the days exploring the various islands, kayaking, and cooking on board for all meals. It was a great experience and we are already planning our next trip on Bob's beautiful sailboat!