Boston By Boat

A special project of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

Charter Boats

There are scores of charter boats on Boston Harbor, from a 20-foot motor boat to a luxury vessel with plenty of room for hundreds of guests. One great way to find out what boat is right for you is to work with a professional charter broker. They can help you arrange all aspects of your charter experience at no additional cost to you. For a list of professional charter brokers serving Boston Harbor, click here.

Below, you'll find a list of some of the charter boats available on Boston Harbor.

The Spirit of Boston can host groups from 2 to 600 people, and departs from the World Trade Center in South Boston.

The Seaport Elite can host up to 110 guests, and has access to a number of landings around Boston Harbor.

The Odyssey can host parties of 1 to 600, and departs from Rowes Wharf.

Boston Harbor Cruises offers a variety of charter options through their 'Functions Afloat' program.

Mass Bay Lines offers a number of different vessels with an option for every budget.

Harbor Express offers charters aboard two types of catamarans, with a capacity of 200 or 350 people.

Flagship Adventures brings the European concept of adventure boating in rigid inflatable boats to Boston and Salem.

The Majestic Princess, operated by Princess Yacht Charters, is a 110' private charter yacht berthed at Rowes Wharf.

The Virginia C II, operated by Boston Seaport Boat Charters, is an 86' vessel with capactiy for 215 passengers.

Charles Riverboat Co. offers private charters on three vessels on Boston Harbor and the Charles River.

Yacht StarShip can host up to 600 guests, and departs from the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in South Boston.

Boston Islands Charters offers charters to the outer islands of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park.

Custom Design Charters offers a variety of charter options aboard a 56' Hatteras motor yacht.

The Provincetown II, operated by Bay State Cruise Company, can host groups from 150 to 1,000 passengers.

The Navigator Club, located at Constitution Marina in Charlestown, offers a variety of vessels and membership options.

Ondular Charters, run by Capt. Tom Curren, departs from Constitution Marina in Boston and offers fishing trips, whale watches and sunset cruises.

S/V Hestia, run by Capt. Todd, operates Sunset Sails and Charters aboard a 34ft sailboat around Boston Harbor and the Islands.

Imagine Charter, run by Capt.Walter Hope & Jeff Doretti, departs from Constitution Marina in Boston and offers family, business and romantic cruises as well as  whale watches and sunset cruises.

Boston Belle Charters, features two US Coast Guard certified passenger vessels, The Boston Belle and The Aura, and specializes in private events on Boston Harbor and the surrounding islands.

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