Cycle Boat FAQ

Our party boat takes you up and down the Genesse River

Some commonly asked questions:

-How much do tours cost? Tours start at $350 for weekdays (Monday-Thursday) Weekends $400 for up to 10 people. Each additional person is $30 per person up to 18 people. Tax is in those numbers, tip for the crew is not. Organizers usually collect an extra $5 per person when everyone pays them back to collect towards the tip. All tours are an hour and forty minutes

-Where does the tour begin and end? At the Port of Rochester Terminal by where Bill and Grays is. That is where you should tell everyone to park, where the public bathrooms are to use (you must wear a facial covering inside to use them) where the boat will pick you up and drop you off and it will make it for carrying all the items to the boat before your tour and bringing them back to your vehicle after

-Do we have to wear a mask on the boat? Everyone must bring a facial covering with them.  While you are sitting on the boat you do not have to wear it just as the rules are for restaurants.  You do have to wear a facial covering when you use the public bathrooms inside the Port of Rochester before/after your tour. Your captain and first mate will be fully masked at all times. We have a full covid 19 policy available on our website.

-How many people does it fit? The boat fits up to 18 175lb people. That does not mean if you are over 175lbs you cannot go what it means is that you must be balanced out by someone less. Coast Guard rules go by combined weight of the group.  This is a super serious rule which is why we state this all over our website and confirmation email so we dont have any misunderstandings.

-Will the high water level of the lake and Genesse River impact our tour? The answer is no. The water level is much lower then last year but because of the floating docks we did not have any problems last year.

-Is there a bathroom? No, what you drink you must hold in you until we return. Before your tour begins we strong encourage everyone to “empty the tanks” at the bathroom located in the Port Terminal by California Rollin, Abbotts Custard and Bill Grays. You must wear a facial covering when using the bathroom facilities.  No peeing into the river under any circumstances

-Do we make any stops? We do not which is why we allow you to bring more alcohol on the tour. With bar/restaurants operating at 50% capacity and must not allowing walk up to the bar and order service we are unable to guarantee being able to purchase drinks. With the tours being 100 minutes spending 30 minutes is a bar is not the best use of your time on the boat. We encourage you to make a reservation ahead of time to ensure they can seat your group together at the time you want to visit. 

-Are minors allowed on the tour? Yes children are allowed on our tours. We have special childens life jackets for those under 75lbs so that can safely float in the event of an emergency.  Our childrens life vests are for children 35lbs and heavier. When you book you need to tell us ahead of time that children are coming so we can prepare for it.

-Can a tour be cancelled due to the weather? Yes, Coast Guard regulations due to wave height and lightning. We follow the weather very closely and are in constant contact with the organizer. We work our hardest to avoid having to cancel tours, an example is if lightning is in the area when your tour is supposed to start and will move past us then we will have you wait out the storm in one of the bars at the Port of Rochester and when it is done then your tour will go out and you will get the full 100 minutes on the boat. If later tours are impacted we will contact the organizer right away to let them know what time to arrive at. Remember that only the weather in the area of where the tour is operating matters, it doesnt matter if it is lightning in Henrietta. In the event of a storm cancelling your tour then you get a raincheck to use another time and not a refund.

-Do we have to sign a waiver before our tour? yes you do, it is attached to your confirmation email as well as right here. The organizer will sign the first page and the entire group including the organizer will sign the second page. Everyone must fill in all of the boxes themselves you cannot print everyones names and let them fill in the rest. We also require everyone to fill in their cell phone number and this has nothing to do with marketing but to do with potential contact tracing in the event the health department had to get ahold of you.  Boat Waivers

-Does the boat have a motor? Yes it does, and the motor does most of the work. Peddaling does move the wheel on the back that does propel the boat but you do most of the work.

-Can we decorate the boat? Keep it simple because we cannot have anything that will blow off into the water. No confetti or ballons. We encourage you to make a sign on a piece of poster board to flash at other boats and the people at the bars along the water. When your driver calls yo to walk you through the tour you can bring up any ideas you have for them to okay

Everyone sits around a bar top which is perfect for serving food

-Can we go swimming? Hell No, not that we think anyone will want to jump into the Genesse River but it is a super serious situation for us. We have to contact the coast guard and file reports so do not plan on it. 

-How much alcohol can we bring on the tour? We allow 3 12oz cans of beer, wine, cider, sparkling seltzer and mikes hard lemonade type drinks per person.  For liquor you are allowed to bring 3- 50ml shots (aka airplane bottles, single shot) still non glass.  You can bring any combination of the above listed items. @ater does not count against your alcoholic beverage count so be sure to bring some for the group. NO Glass or bigger bottles of Liquor then 50ml. Jello shots and mixed drinks in water bottles are not allowed. 

-Do you provide a cooler or do we bring it? You can bring 1 cooler if you would like. If you only have smaller coolers then you can bring 2. Remember that as soon as everyone gets on the boat they will open a drink and free up a lot of room in the cooler. 

-Where should we park? The Port of Rochester is full of free parking, remember to tell people to park near Bill Grays. That is where your tour begins and ends and the bathrooms are. Parking is usually pretty easy to find.

-How much should we tip? Traditionally $6 per person onboard with the captain and first mate splitting the tips. You will see they do more than just get you safely around the water. They will be your group photographer, clean the boat up before and after your group and be fully masked the whole time.

-Can we smoke on the boat? No due to coast guard regulations smoking and e cigarettes are banned on board.  If anyone in your group smokes then have them do that before you go to the boat so that they can enjoy themselves during the tour.

-Is there a weight limit for the bike seats? Yes, if someone is too heavy then they will bend our seat and the chains will not work. 275lb is the limit but they are able to sit on the back bench or stand.

-Does the bike have shade? The bike has an awesome retractable canopy so we can control how much or how little sun the group wants. It also does a great job protecting the group from the rain.

-Dress Policy- Dont wear a skirt or sundress you are sitting on a bike seat for 100 minutes. Make sure everyone is in flats, no high heels because with the waves you will potentially fall/you have to get down a ladder onto the boat. Bring a wristlet vs a large purse to save space for alcohol and food. Remember when the sun goes down at night it gets much colder with the wind coming off the lake. Bring a hoodie

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