Cycle Boat FAQ

Pedal Pontoon Boat Tours in Rochester NYMonday & Tuesday $400

Wednesday and Thursday $425

Friday, Saturday, Sunday $500

Some commonly asked questions:

-Where does the tour begin and end? At the Port of Rochester Terminal against the river where the Fast Ferry used to pick up at. For those who are unfamiliar with that go against the river portion of the terminal and walk towards the tallest part of the building with the glass enclosed top floor and where the Boaters Shop is. They sell sunscreen, ice, non alcoholic beverages and other things that your group may have forgotten. They do not have a public bathroom to use, you must use the public bathrooms in the terminal building. 

-How many people does it fit? Our standard trip fits 16 guests but we can potentially take up to 18 people. Each guest over 16 is an additional $25 per person. Tours are for 100 minutes

-Will the high water level of the lake and Genesse River impact our tour? The answer is no. We do not take guests on the lake and where our tours begin and end has floating docks so your group has nothing to worry about. The bars we commonly take groups to also have floating docks. Only one bar on the Genesse River is closed due to flooding so lets hope we have some hot days ahead to bring down the water levels

-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 whether you have to go at that point or not. No peeing into the river under any circumstances

-Do we make any stops? Potentially it is your call. Unlike on the bikes where you go bar hopping this is a party boat. If you do want to stop at a bar it is more of a get off get a drink, do a shot, use the bathroom and return to the boat. You are able to bring drinks back onto the boat so you do not spend time finishing up your drinks inside. This also depends on dock space. The boat is over 32 feet long and 12 feet wide so it does not fit in most boat slips. But if we spot a boat slip that will fit us available then we will ask the organizer if you want to go then. ROC Harbor Clam Company is the most popular stop on the tour. 

-Are minors allowed on the tour? Children must weight 75lbs so that can safely float in our special coast guard approved life jackets. The life jackets you have for your families boat will not satisfy coast guard requirements. We have only 3 childrens life jackets and you must let us know ahead of time that they will be coming so we have them on board for your tour.

-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 90 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. If the weather prevents your tour from taking place we will try to get your group out on one of our pedal BIKES or you will get a raincheck good for one year from your tour date. No refunds are given

-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. 2 things that trip groups up. The first is when you have to fill in the date, you have to fill in the date of your tour. So if you are filling it out ahead of time then make sure you date it with the date of your tour. Secondly it is common for the first person to fill in the date of the tour and everyone just wants to draw an arrow through all the other boxes and we can not have that. Everyone must fill in the date themselves. Boat Waivers

-Does the boat have a motor? Yes it does, a combination of the motor and the pedaling is what makes the boat move. You can pedal as much or as little as you want. We are selling fun not exercise 

-Can we decorate the boat? Keep it simple because we cannot have anything that will blow off into the water. Make a sign on a piece of poster board to flash at other boats and the people at the bars along the water. 

Cycle Pontoon Boat Tours in Rochester NY

-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.  water does not count against your alcoholic beverage count so be sure to bring some for the group. NO Glass or Liquor which does include jello shots and mixed drinks in water bottles

-Do you provide a cooler or do we bring it? You can bring 1 cooler if you would like. Remember that the Boat Shop sells ice

-Where should we park? The Port of Rochester is full of free parking, drop off whoever is bringing the cooler to the riverfront entrance so you can minimize the dragging of the cooler

-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 and take all the group photos on your phone for you to reward you for all the hard work you do organizing your tour. 

-Can we smoke on the boat? No due to coast guard regulations smoking and e cigarettes are banned on board. Before we begin our pre tour talk we will let everyone know that if you smoke get one last smoke in now because that is all you can do for the next 90 minutes. 

-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

-Cycle Boat Passenger Release of Liability Waiver

-Cycle Boat Checklist

 

 

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