By Rachael Gee Next Big Futures Seattle is reporting that competition is heating up for the next big thing: the Duck Boat Rentals program.
The program started in the early 2000s when people would rent duck boats and then sell them at a profit to other people in the community.
It’s now become a popular source of income for Seattleites who want to take advantage of the new economy.
“We’ve had some great, innovative and very successful Duck Boat Rental programs,” said Steve Schmitt, a Duck Boat owner in the Central District.
Now the program is gaining more attention because it’s becoming more popular, especially among the millennials, he said.
Schmitt said the duck boat industry in Seattle has been growing steadily, and the current trend is for duck boat rentals to grow exponentially.
One of the most popular Duck Boat rentals is on the South Lake Union waterfront.
There are currently more than 200 Duck Boat rental programs across the city, and a number of other programs are available, he added.
But many of the programs have struggled to attract new renters, because the people who come to the rentals often don’t know what they’re getting into, said Kristin Rucker, president of the Puget Sound Alliance of Boat Owners and Rentals.
She added that the Duck Boaters’ Association is working to make Duck Boat Programs more accessible to people of all ages, and is partnering with other organizations to make sure they’re successful.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to get people interested in being part of a great community,” Rucker said.
The Duck Boat program is open to all ages and all abilities, Rucker added.
Renters can rent their duck boats at no cost.
The program offers a few options for rental, including:• The Duck Boat Boat Rental Program• The Riverboat Rentals Program•The Riverboat Rental Program•Tandem BoatingRentals and boats are offered for hire at the Riverboat and Duck Boat locations.
The Duck Boats is located in South Lake City.
Rucker said she’s seen a lot of success with Duck BoatRental, which rents out two or three boats at a time.
She said the program has become so popular that there’s been a lot more demand.
She also said the current Duck Boating program is not ideal for renters.
Ruck Boats program has been a success, she said.
But it is not for everyone.
“It’s not for the faint of heart,” Ruck Boaters program director Erin Stover said.
“I do think there are some families that just need a little bit of support.
But I also do think that it’s more of a community effort, and we need to keep people engaged.”
The Riverboats program is for adults, and it is available at the Southlake, Rainier, and South Lake Districts locations.
Rucker and Stover also said it’s important to understand that this program is specifically for adults.
“You don’t want to get into a situation where you’re trying to make a living off the Duck,” Stover explained.
“You want to make that living from a social benefit standpoint, from the boat, and to the river.”
Rucker also said that Duck Boater Rental is the perfect program for families who want their ducks to be at the lake for a long time, and they have a great deal of money to spend on ducks.
She added: “It’s important for people to understand the Duck is not only a good thing for the environment, but it’s also good for the duck.”
Stover said that the Riverboats programs are a great way to get the ducks out and about.
“This is a great, healthy way to give ducks a good start in life,” she said, adding that this is a good way to build community and to have a fun day out on the lake.
“The ducks will enjoy the boat,” she added.
“A lot of people don’t realize that the ducks have to be in the water and they don’t have to come to a certain place to eat.
The ducks do have to go to a particular location to be able to swim, and so you need ducks on a regular basis.”
Ruck Boat Renters and Rakes will be available on Sunday, September 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Monday, September 27 from 10 a.g. to 5 p.g., and from 10:30 a.l. to 3 p.l., at the Duckboats locations in Seattle, Olympia, Bellevue, and Lakewood.