Trevor Greenwood, Owner Como Boat, Como Restaurant and Cantinetta
The inspiration behind Como Boat came from my travels in Italy, specifically in Lake Como and Venice. I remember my first time in Venice. I was 19 years old. My family had just gotten off the airplane. Outside in the lagoon were beautiful wood boats, meticulously maintained by their captains. They were THE expensive shuttle service to your hotel. My father hired the boat and that experience, upon arrival, riding in that vintage craft, ripe with mahogany and leather, prosecco in hand, through the grand canal, was the best thing we ever did in Venice.
Before Como Restaurant opened two summers ago, I commissioned the restoration of a similar boat. I was hoping if people could ride on a boat like this, they could experience a little bit of "la dolce vita" right here on Lake Washington.
The boat is for hire upon request. We meet customers on the dock in front of the restaurant and explore the lake for roughly an hour. Custom pick-ups at private residence docks available upon request.
Model: Shepherd 22 1951
Interior: Custom baby blue and cream leather interior
Capacity: Six plus captain
Entertainment: Equipped with bar to serve guests wine and cocktails
Fremont Avenue Boat
Michael Luis, Owner of Fremont Avenue Boat, prior mayor of Medina, historian, and author.
The Fremont Avenue is designed to look and feel like the old steamers of the “Mosquito Fleet” that provided transportation on Lake Washington and Puget Sound in the late 19th and early 20th century. Before the region had a well-developed road and bridge network, everyone got around by boat. Homes on the east side of Lake Washington were always oriented toward the water, with the front door facing the dock, because that is how people would arrive.
The water is such an important part of our local lifestyle, and we want to give everyone the opportunity to see their hometown from the water. By offering both ticketed tours and private charters we provide everyone with that chance to take a local boat ride.
Our tours are informal, family friendly and affordable, and the narration provides insights into local history. We often provide service from private homes and docks on the Eastside and Mercer Island.
Model: Custom built in 1985 by the TD Vinette Shipyard in Escabana, Michigan. 50 feet long, 16 feet on the beam. Steel hull.
Engine: Powered by a rebuilt 1943 vintage GM 471 engine.
Interior: Original art by local artists.
Exterior: Ample seating areas on the upper deck and the lower deck.
Capacity: Coast Guard licensed for a maximum of 42 passengers.