Boat Bed and Breakfasts in North America

Although uncommon the boat bed and breakfBeautiful sunrise at a mainaast maybe one of North America’s best  kept travel secrets. Image spending the night aboard a sailboat, former tug boat or a private motor yacht and watching an incredible sunset?  Or waking up to a spectactular sunrise with the smooth water glimmering at the marina. Whether you call them a “boatel”, “dockside accommodations”,” boat and bed”, “bed and breakfast  afloat”, they all have the same thing in common – they offer the opportunity to experience life on the water’s edge, to be gentle rocked to sleep. Some offer the harbour cruises where others due to regulatory restrictions remain dockside.

People often ask us where the other Boatels are located. We’ve done some research to find cities hosting these floating Boatels and here’s what we found.  There are a number of them available for rental throughout the United States. I have limited the search criteria to: sailboats, tug boats, trawlers or a private motor yachts. I have excluded houseboats in this list and have not included charter boat that primarily do chartering.



Making Waves Boatel  Toronto, Ontario

Us of course!  The Boatel is a custom 65 foot private motor yacht sleeps up to 6 guests in 3 cabins.

British Columbia

InnChanter  –  Hot Springs Cove,Tofino, British Columbia

Luxury accommodation and gourmet meals in a setting normally reserved for a tent and campfire food. InnChanter is a heritage vessel built in the 1920′s and refitted to take you back to the era of her creation. Five staterooms,  a main salon with wood burning fireplace, a library for quiet time or a rousing game of chess, a 700 square foot sundeck, and an onboard chef. A leisurely two kilometer stroll through the lush West Coast rainforest brings you to a natural hotsprings with a 10 foot waterfall which pours through a series of natural pools to the ocean.



Boat and Bed – Long Beach California

Boat & Breakfast has five boats in their fleet which remain dockside and offer easy access to local attractions
all within walking distance of the convention center and restaurant row.

California Cruisin’ Boat and Breakfast – San Diego, California

Along with accommodations on a private yacht docked at Harbor Island in San Diego Bay, guests can relax in the pool at the adjacent Sheraton Hotel; sailboats and motor yachts are also available for charters.

Boat bnb San Diego, California

Slipaway aboard a 45 foot Hardin, moored at the secluded Shelter Cove Marina. For about the same price as a hotel room you can be sleeping on the water in San Diego’s famous America’s Cup Harbor. You are not renting a room, you are living in a fully functional sailing ship that has a long history of ocean passages. Experience
what it is really like to live at sea.


Enterprise Boat and Breakfast –  Mystic, Connecticut

This 48′ Gulfstar Motor Yacht offers a large stateroom aft  located on the Mystic river where the tall ships passing by will delight you. Concierge service from the Mystic Railway station, New London ferry docks, or Groton/New London airport/ to your quarters aboard Enterprise.


Knot So Fast Cruises  – Lake Park, Florida

Imagine staying overnight aboard your very own private motor yacht for the night. Enjoy your Continental Breakfast out on the aft deck the next morning.  Enjoy a cruise on the Lake Worth Lagoon. This is life at a Knot II Fast. We have met the owners of Knot So Fast cruises and we are sure that Captain Brett will take good care of you.


Windy City Sailing Chicago,Il

 Experience the soft caress of gentle breezes and gaze at the shimmering lights of Chicago while sailing underneath a canopy of stars.  Enjoy a memorable night aboard Nebula, a 2004 Beneteau 393, which is a 40 foot sloop-rig sailboat and explore what the Chicago Lakefront has to offer.


Rachel B. Jackson Rockland, Maine

Down East Sail is primarily a sailing vessel, but the Rachel B. Jackson also offers Boat & Breakfast
Overnights. This 67-foot schooner is a reproduction of an 1890s coastal schooner. Sleep like a sailor….at least for a night or two. All Boat & Breakfast Overnights include the Sunset Sail. After returning to Southwest
Harbor and discharging the Sunset Sail passengers, you and your party have the ship to yourself. The Captain and Mate will sail you to a protected anchorage where you will spend the night in a comfortable bunk. Wake to the smell of freshly baked homemade breads, fresh fruit, and just brewed coffee. We met up with the Rachel B Jackson in 2010 as we were cruising south. She is a very lovely schooner and would be amazing to do a sunset sail.


Constitution Marina’s Bed and Breakfast Afloat – Boston, Massachusetts

With a dockside swimming pool and views of Boston’s Inner Harbor and downtown skyline, the Constitution Marina offers eight boats in their fleet providing an evening’s rest for one or two couples on a private yacht, sailboat or guests can also plan a charter.

Boston Bed & Breakfast Afloat – Boston, Massachusetts

The Golden Slipper is one of the oldest Boat Bed & Breakfast in North America.  The Golden Slipper is a traditional 38 foot Catalina Chris Craft located at Lewis Wharf, in the heart of historic Boston. The boat stays moored at the slip and you come and go as you please. This is a private party yacht accommodating up to six guests, with a continental breakfast left for you. Cruises of Boston Harbor and dinners are available upon request, during your stay. We have personally stayed on the Golden Slipper while in Boston and loved the access to downtown historic Boston. We would definately recommend this one while in Boston.


Sea Suites Boat & Breakfast Houseboat – Saugatuck MI

This unique houseboat has 4 queen stateroom with private baths, T.V.& AC. The expansive salon includes a 50″ HD-TV, fireplace; and is open to a custom galley where a deluxe continental breakfast is served. The 105 foot open sky deck has loungers, hot tub open to the stars; and breathtaking views of the great sunsets. While not leaving the dock; we offer a quiet, relaxing get-away for adults.


Blue Goose Charters Boat and Breakfast – Baltimore, Maryland

Guests can spend a night at Baltimore Harbor on the Gatsby Goose, a 1932 32-foot Elco motorboat for two, or a trawler, most with room for four; also featured are harbor tours and two- to five-day cruises for groups up to six.

Sail The Pintita Boat and Breakfast – Baltimore, Md  

The Pintita offers overnightBoat and Breakfast accommodations out of our Fells Point marina inBaltimore Maryland. A two hour evening sail, overnight accommodations, breakfast, and non-alcoholic beverages are automatically included in all Pintita Boat and Breakfast charters.

Schooner Woodwind – Annapolis, Maryland

“Schooner Woodwind” is a 74-foot sailing yacht that departs four times daily for two hour sails. On Saturday evenings they offer a special Boat & Breakfast package to as many as four couples, from the first weekend in May to the last weekend in September. “Woodwind” was designed and built in 1993 to be a swift sailing yacht and to comfortably accommodate sleepaboard guests.

 Arban Yacht Charters  – Solomons  Md

Step aboard La Bella Vita for a unique experience that few will ever know. Taking you back to a bygone era, La Bella Vita is a classic 65 foot motor yacht with beautiful interior wood craftsmanship, offers 3 staterooms and optional charters.  All stays include accommodations for 2, a full breakfast served each morning and  hors d’ oeuvres each evening.


Covington InnSt Paul, MN

For 30 years the 300-ton Covington pushed barges of liquid cargo, usually petroleum, along a 1,000-mile stretch of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, setting the pace for America’s post-war economic boom. 20 years later, she was gutted, then inch by inch transformed the boat’s steely chambers into cozy rooms. In 1995, the
boat re-emerged with a new purpose, The Covington Inn with 4 staterooms.


Samuel Slater Canal Boat – Central Falls, Rhode Island

Built in Cambridgeshire, England by C. T. & P. Fox expressly for the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, the
Samuel Slater is an authentic British canal boat, 40 feet long. The Samuel Slater is located on the Blackstone River. The river runs 46 miles from Worcester to Providence. During this scenic 2 1/2 mile cruise, you’ll observe watchable wildlife, such as swans, deer, great blue herons, turtles and more. The Samuel Slater is available as a bed and breakfast for overnight stays with one double and 2 single berths. This is one that we want to visit and I love the song on the website!


Tennessee Boat, Bed and Breakfast – Byrdstown, Tennessee

Anchors Aweigh, a 90 foot boat offers seven bedrooms, four baths and a hot tub on Dale Hollow Lake  in northern Tennessee.

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