The Ultimate Boat & Breakfast


Houseboat Galley

"Great Location. Great owner-operator. A wonderful place to stay in Seattle."

My wife and I had a great time visiting Seattle for a week on Joy's houseboat. She is warm, gracious, friendly and accommodating as one could wish. The slide off the back of the boat was a big hit, as was relaxing in the spa, touring lake union and seeing all the floating homes. You can watch the sea planes of Kenmore air take off and land and see the beautiful Seattle skyline and the shoreline of Capital Hill across the lake. A very secure location and you can walk to downtown, or the space needle. Parking is easy for your rental car. Highly recommended. A very different way to stay in Seattle than a traditional B and B or hotel. Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, age 55+.

- GC, Michigan

"What fun!"

We live in the uk and found the boat on the internet. We have had so much fun it is not true - great food great boat - but most of all joy is simply brilliant. She is fun great company and just a lovely person. We sailed out for a day - it was perfect. Swam hot tub food and dvds all at anchor in a secluded bay. Magical. I can not recommend this enough really super family break.

- RB, Southampton UK

"Great memories."

We've been drinking our morning coffee and looking at our photos of Seattle. We have some great memories-Salmon on the grill, you holding the fish by the tail, our great boat trip and many land memories. Thanks for making our Seattle experience unique and fun. Recommended for: Tourists without a car, girls getaway.

- SLG, St. Louis, MO

"Graduation Celebration Extraordinaire."

From my first contact, Joy was pleasant, helpful, shared fun ideas for our stay, and welcomed us to a floating adventure. For my son, who graduated from Bastyr, Joy's houseboat provided a fun time with family and friends, many of whom had lived in Seattle for years and never seen it from the water. If you have never slept on a floating vessel, you are in for a treat. Parking was free and convenient to down town. Joy could not have been more helpful in making our stay totally awesome and a time to remember for all. Enjoy your Joyfull Adventure.

- Lindy, Whitefish MT

"Second time afloat."

I found the best thing to do with an unexpected day in Seattle was to repeat my first experience on Captain Joy's fabulous boat. This second cruise was again, absolutely the best time I have ever had in Seattle. It just can't be topped. It is fun, it is interesting, it is relaxing, and above all, entertaining. No winter doldrums on this excursion! Warm and cozy, seeing sights I had missed the first time around the lake. I can't wait to take my third cruise, next time I am in Seattle, I wouldn't miss it! For two hours or overnight or more, it is the best deal around. Recommended for: people with disabilities, romantic getaway.

- Ruth, Bellingham WA

Enjoying the boat cruise

"A Truly Joyful Adventure!"

My husband and I have booked Joy Nelson's houseboat on three different occasions, ranging from a small group of five to a full blown party of 20. Each time was a wonderful experience, due in great part to Captain Nelson. Joy is a delightful hostess who keeps her boat "ship shape" to the last detail. With plenty of room, guests can be up top in the hot tub taking in the scenery of the Seattle skyline and Lake Union or enjoy themselves below in the charming living area and outside deck. Captain Nelson knows how to entertain the crowd with her stories and infectious laughter. Her impressive knowledge of boats, planes and people comes from her background as a boat pilot, commercial airline pilot, certified scuba diver and degree as a registered nurse. For a wonderful adventure, whether it be one night or a week tour, you can not go wrong booking a trip on Captain Nelson's houseboat! (Recommended for young and old alike, large and small groups).

- Richard, Olympia WA

"One of the best experiences I've had on Lake Union!"

This is a beautiful home moored along the dock at the West Side of Lake Union with a view of the Space Needle. Capt Joy has a wonderful personality and entertained us while touring along the lake to view downtown and the Space Needle before taking us to the Seattle houseboat neighborhoods and Gas Works Park. We eventually ended up going for dinner at Ivars. Her expertise was obvious in driving and docking the houseboat and you can not get a better waterfront view of Lake Union then being on the upper deck of "Imgoin" cruising. The boat was well kept, clean and warm. (The fireplace was especially nice in the living room). We will return for another cruise. Excellent and a great value. Thank You!!!

- Anne. B, WA

"Best Seattle activity."

Gorgeous boat, gorgeous views, extremely skilled Captain, friendly ambiance, I could not believe a hot tub on top deck and a fireplace in the main salon! This is luxury at a modest price! A great experience. Would do it again when in Seattle.

- GT, Bellingham WA

"Best of Seattle."

I have stayed on Joy's houseboat on several occasions and have always had a wonderful time. During last year's Seafair, we watched the Blue Angles from her garden deck or sitting in the hot tub drinking mojitos. It doesn't get any better!!!!!!!!!!!

- Dongo, Bothell WA