how it works
You get to be the Captain! Hot Tub Boats are powered by two electric engines controlled by an easy to use joy stick. Just point the joy stick in the direction you want to go.
We equip the boat with everything you need for a safe and enjoyable experience. No prior boating experience required.
Your Hot Tub Boat is filled with fresh water pre-heated to the ideal temperature for the weather, with a small heater on board that keeps the water warm. After each rental, the old water is drained and new, clean water is added so your experience is fresh. This way no chemicals or chlorine needs to be used and our waterways stay fresh as well.
If you are looking to add to your experience, ask us about adding botanical epsom salts. Epsom salts are known for their restorative health and beauty attributes.
You take off from Riverplace Marina on the edge of downtown Portland. From there you can choose your own adventure or follow our recommended loop around Ross Island: cruise next to the OMSI submarine, cross under Tilikum Crossing bridge, hear birds in the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, and take in epic views of the Portland skyline.
So what are you waiting for? Don't miss out!
We are currently closed for the season, come visit when we open in the Spring!
Rate $350 for 2hr rental for up to 6 people
Special events and bookings, please visit contact us for inquiry
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We want to see you! But in case you have to cancel, we do offer a Refund Policy for rental cancellations: 100% for more than 72hrs prior, 50% for 36-72hrs prior, no refund for less than 36hrs prior to rental.
How do I rent? You can reserve your boat by clicking on the RENT page above.
How long is the rental? Standard rentals are 2 hours, but we may change rental times during certain events.
Can I rent longer than 2 hours? The standard rental is 2hrs. If you are planning a special event please contact us well in advance and we can see how to accommodate your request.
Can I book multiple boats? Yes, please contact us directly through the Contact page.
Where do I check in? Check in is located at the Brewstop at 1811 SW River Dr. Suite 400, Portland, OR 97201. After you check in, our staff will walk you and your party down to the dock, set you up & off you go!
Is there a changing area? Yes, there is a bathroom located inside the Brewstop that our guests are welcome to use.
Where do I put my dry clothes? We provide secure lockers for our guests to use. There is also some storage on the boat (but may not be 100% dry). A dry box is provided for your phones.
Can I purchase as a gift? You can either book as a gift or you can purchase a gift certificate by emailing us. Hot Tub Boats make great gifts for birthdays, wedding parties, promotions, holidays, or just for fun!.
Can I book for a private dock party? Only if you want your party to be a HUGE hit! If you live on a floating home or have a residence with a dock close by we can deliver and set up the boat for you. Depending on the season, we may be able to trailer a boat as well. Please contact us and let us know what you are thinking.
How many people does it allow? 6 is the maximum allowed on the boat at any time.
Is the boat difficult to drive? It is incredibly easy and no boating license is required.
How do you drive the boat? The driver can steer and power the boat using a joystick that operates two electric engines in the direction you want to go.
Do I need a boating license? No. Since the engines are under 10hp, no boating license is required in Oregon.
How fast do they go? The boat's max speed is about 3-4 knots (about 3.5-4 mph).
What is the minimum age? Minimum age to book & operate the boat is 21. Children are welcome to join but we ask that they wear a lifejacket during the entire rental.
Can I bring alcohol? Oregon law restricts the use of alcohol or drugs while in a hot tub and we ask that you do not bring these items.
Does the water stay warm? Yes. The water is preheated before the rental and also stays warm with an on-board heating system.
Can we swim off the boat? We do ask that guests stay on the boat during the rental unless tied to a dock.
Is there a bathroom on board? I don't know where we would put it! There are three docks with public restrooms (Riverplace, Willamette Park & Sellwood Park), that you are welcome to tie up the boat and use.
Is the water clean? Of course! We refill the hot tubs with preheated fresh tap water before each rental.
Do I need to bring a life jacket? You are welcome to BYOLJ (bring your own life jacket), but they are provided onboard the boat. However they are not required to be worn unless you are a minor.
What if something goes wrong? We regularly check and maintain the boats but also have a motor boat at the dock to assist our guests if required.
We are located in SW Downtown Portland in the Riverplace neighborhood on the Willamette River.
Check in is located inside the Brewstop at
1811 SW River Dr. Suite 400
Portland, OR 97201
After you check in, our staff will walk you & your party down to the boat on the south public dock next to Riverplace Marina.
Getting here is easy.
- Streetcar stop is located just 1 block away on SW River Pkwy & River Dr.
- BikeTown Bike stop is outside our front door on SW River Dr. & Montgomery St.
- Parking garages are located next door on SW River Dr. & on SW Montgomery St.
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