Which boat class is best for you?

We have a wide range of boats across many classes that cater to different boating needs and skill levels. Please review our different classes below and what is required to book a boat in each class.

If you would like to update your skills and/or endorsements, Seattle Boat Share also offers lessons to help improve our members boating skills and booking abilities. You can view and book these here.

If you have any questions please contact us today!

Endorsements refer to the in-house qualifications to use the different boat classes. There are also other endorsements such as a qualification to take a boat through the locks, to expand your geographical use area, to operate a twin engine boat, etc. Once you have established an account, you can see the endorsements we offer, and what you have achieved, on your profile page.

To get your endorsement(s), demonstration of adequate boating ability OR in-house training is required for all members and on each class of boat. Demonstration of boating ability will be assessed during check rides, which are always free to members of Seattle Boat Share.

During a check ride for each particular class, members will demonstrate the ability to start, operate, and shut down the boat properly. In addition members will learn the on-board systems, how to operate them, and how to maintain the life of the systems. It is our intent to have all members proficient and confident in the operation of the boats they are qualified to use.

Mandatory check rides will also be required for all members who have displayed poor boat handling. A check ride and/or training will also be required after any damage history. This policy is to be sure that our members are comfortable and confident operating our boats including how the many systems operate and are maintained. This also ensures that our fleet remains in excellent condition for all members to enjoy.

Small Sportboat

These boats are an economical way to get out on the water and still have all the fun. They are also recommended for the new boater practicing skills. We use these boats for training, but they can still cruise the lake or even be used for water sports.

Endorsement Level 1 – Small sportboat
• What to do in a MOB situation
• Throwable PFD’s and how they’re used
• Rafting
• Proper Bimini storage
• Departing procedures; double checking integral systems and lights
• I/O storage location

Sportboat (Bayliner 190 and Sea Ray SPX)

Water sports, family fun, lounging on the lake… these boats do it all. They have tow bars, lots of seating, stereos, and shade covers. Just add sun!

Endorsement Level 2 – Sportboat
• What to do in a MOB situation
• Throwable PFD’s and how they’re used
• Rafting
• Proper Bimini storage
• Departing procedures; double checking integral systems and lights
• I/O storage location

Tournament and Wake Surf Boats

For serious water sports.

Endorsement Level 2 – Tournament Boats Option
• Towing regulations
• Throttle and drive train
• Inboard motor and benefits
• Operation in reverse
• Ballast tanks

Large Pontoon Boat

Nicknamed “The living room”. Huge deck space, lots of sun shade for when it is needed, and enough power to pull a skier or get across the lake in a hurry.

Endorsement Level 2 – Pontoons
• What to do in a MOB situation
• Throwable PFD’s and how they’re used
• Rafting
• Proper Bimini storage
• Departing procedures; double checking integral systems and lights
• I/O storage location

Express Cruisers under 30′

‘Express Cruisers’ have a cuddy cabin with a dining area that converts to a bunk, another bunk aft below the helm, full marine head with shower, galley with sink, stove, and refrigerator. Cruise speed is +/- 25 knots. perfect for a weekend getaway or a comfortable day on the Lake or the Sound.

Endorsement Level 3 – Express Cruiser
• Engine fluids; how to check levels and fill if necessary
• Pumping out
• Filling fuel and when to refuel
• Filling water tank
• Understand gauges and check regularly
• Shore power use; how to plug in and get power to your boat
• Understanding the electrical panel
• Anchoring
• Bilge pumps
• How heads operate; each boat is different
• What the water pump is and how it works
• Docking and Maneuvering

Long Range Cruisers

Our long range cruiser has twin diesels and is in top condition. Just last summer this boat covered the entire Puget Sound and up to the north end of the Sunshine Coast. You do need special training and approval to use this boat, so be sure that you have that before booking!

Endorsement Level 6 – Long Range Cruiser

This will require the member to schedule a private, 2-hour instruction with one of our Captain’s or Jim Lowry to learn how to operate, maintain, maneuver, and dock this specific vessel.