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Property Details

Updated: Mar 10, 2015
Boat, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Joyfull Adventures - the name says it all. I will provide you with a trip customized to your expectations. The boat is warm and cozy even in the winter months.

You may want to cruise locally in Lake Union or go through Portage Bay into Lake Washington. You'll see the University of Washington and many of the houseboats that were made popular in the movie 'Sleepless in Seattle'.

The views of Mt. Rainier to the south or Mt. Baker to the north are spectacular. If ocean cruising is your passion, we can pass through the Ballard Locks, an adventure in itself, out into the Puget Sound. From there we can cruise south and explore Seattle's waterfront or travel to one of the nearby islands. If you want to cruise up to the San Juan Islands this can be booked and would need to be a 1-2 week trip. As there are many variables some pricing will need to be discussed when you call. I do liveaboard so am present, very informative and will be the captain on boat outings. I have one friendly cat, Bunny. If you are looking for that romantic getaway, you will be completely pleased with staying onboard for your Joyfull Adventure. I am within walking distance to the Space Needle and downtown Seattle. There are wonderful restaurant's very close by the boat and we can also take the boat out to a restaurant. If you want to eat in, the kitchen is fully stocked and don't forget the BBQ to cook up fabulous steaks or seafood of choice.

Keywords: Boat, liveaboard, fabulous views of Seattle and the space needle. It is NOT cold on this boat in the winter. It is warm and cozy.

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  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards

Recent Review

About the Owner

Captain Joy Nelson will lead your Joyfull Adventure and she has a wide range of experiences to safely pilot and navigate you on your trip. You are in the hands of a professional who has a master license for vessels up to 100 tons.

As a registered nurse, Captain Nelson can handle medical emergencies if they occur. Captain Nelson is also a licensed commercial airline pilot and is a certified PADI scuba diver. Those who are scuba certified will appreciate Captain Nelson’s underwater tours of Puget Sound and the San Juan island dive sites. Captain Nelson is also a licensed Ordain Minister.

Captain Nelson is known as a gracious host and gourmet cook. Your comfort on board is of prime importance. Captain Nelson has high energy and an infectious laugh. When you're on board with her, you'll feel right at home.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Joy to the World, we had so much fun!! We toured the Christmas lights, we drank the yule tide log and listened to carolers sing and sing. Thank you so much for having us on your beautiful boat and home. It was so much fun!!We've never experienced Christmas on the water before and it was such a treat to se the lights from this vantage point. I'm sure the kids will remember this for years to come!
Dec 2013
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22 Reviews

based on 22 traveler reviews

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Joyfull Adventures - Romantic Houseboat Boat & Breakfast'
South Lake Union Central


  • of 5
Joy was absolutely amazing! I threw a surprise party for my Fiance's birthday. He was floored with how amazing it was. Joy truly made it special, and everybody was impressed by her and the entire evening. BEST PARTY EVERY!!!! I will absolutely contact her again and highly recommend her and this boat to everybody for any occasion.
  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Joyfull Adventures - Romantic Houseboat Boat & Breakfast'
South Lake Union Central

Warm and cozy, very inviting

  • 5 of 5
We were lucky enough to spend our family Christmas on this wonderful house boat. Joy provides an experience like no other. She is friendly, fun & a great captain. The boat accommodated 15 of us for our holiday get together. Joy took us on a great cruise through Portage Bay so that we could enjoy all the sights. Sitting in her hot tub is a great way to view the scenery. The boat is warm, cozy & very clean. Joy helped make our stay a once in a life time experience.
  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Joyfull Adventures - Romantic Houseboat Boat & Breakfast'
South Lake Union Central

Warm, romantic, cozy, and full of Joy!

  • 5 of 5
What a terrific experience! Joy was amazing, an absolutely outstanding hostess who greeted us warmly and made us feel right at home before we even boarded. It’s almost overwhelming how nice she was, even before we had met. She offered to pick us up and drop us off at different locations, even the airport, and had excellent suggestions about local eateries, attractions, and other interesting spots in the area. So, before we even get into the accommodations, a giant “Thank you!” to Joy.

The boat itself was quite inviting and very comfortable. Much roomier than it appears on the outside, we were surprised to find three bedrooms, nice bathroom with a shower, living room/dining area (with a fireplace!) and a kitchen with every modern amenity. Out on the topside, the boat has a lovely "patio" sitting area and a wonderful hot tub to melt away stress. The weather was cool this time of year but we were warm and cozy by the fireplace, drifting along under a beautiful skyline of the city. The boat absorbs so much sunlight and warmth during the day, that evenings were nice and warm inside still, and we didn't even need to turn on the heater. And this was during an unusually cold snap for the area.

Joy will gladly take you just about anywhere in the boat. She knows the water well, and is clearly an expert captain who is one with her vessel. Dinner? No problem. Scenic tour? No problem. When you’re done cruising, she is still excellent company, and knows when it’s time to make herself scarce. In this case, it was our anniversary; without being prompted, she took off and left us to our own devices, only to return in the morning (after we called her to let her know we were up) to make us breakfast and help us plan our day’s adventures in Seattle. Oh, and it was a really, really terrific breakfast. The next night, she stayed on board with us, and was great company, and again, knew when we wanted some time to ourselves.

She is all that she advertises and more. We can safely say this is not the last that she has seen of us, and we’re very much looking forward to returning. Oh, and there is a house(boat) cat, Miss Bunny, who is just as charming as her mom. In all, if we could give Joy more than 5 stars, we would.
  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Joyfull Adventures - Romantic Houseboat Boat & Breakfast'
South Lake Union Central

Capt Joy could not have been more accommodating!

  • 5 of 5
Four, 50 ++ ladies stayed 5 nights on the boat and had a great time…the boat was warm and playful, we laughed and danced and even watched the movie “Sleepless in Seattle” while floating by the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat! All of this and more and with a great view of the Seattle Needle and sea planes! Joy was an excellent "tour guide" she took us to all the best sites and great restaurants! We went on 2 fantastic boat rides, and seeing Mt. Rainer from the boat was simply awesome! Joy is a very skilled Captain and a most gracious hostess! Thank you Joy for making our first trip to Seattle a very memorable one!
  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Joyfull Adventures - Romantic Houseboat Boat & Breakfast'
South Lake Union Central
Washington State

Tie Dye Wedding

  • 5 of 5
We planned our wedding for over a year and found Joy and her boat and had to have it! We wanted a low key fun day and nothing traditional. This boat and Joy definitely fit the bill. We invited our family and very close friends and several had small children. There was a little something for everyone. The view of Seattle from the water was spectacular and the people who traveled from far away were in total awe. The kids loved the hot tub and the adults made total fools of themselves going down the slide!

My new husband and and I remained on the boat for the most romantic evening we had ever imagined. Nothing like a hot tub at midnight in the rain. It was so awesome and everyone enjoyed themselves. Joy made every one feel welcome and was quite the entertainer. Burlap and lace and tie dye attire with the coolest music ever made for the most special wedding ever! Joy definitely got her groove back!
  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Joyfull Adventures - Romantic Houseboat Boat & Breakfast'
South Lake Union Central

Girls weekend

  • 5 of 5
We got five women together for a girls weekend slumber party. We had a blast!

Joy helped us load our provisions and get us settled. Soon we were cruising Lake Union in the sunshine and sipping cocktails on the roof deck.

We went ashore for dinner and when we got back Joy had the hot tub warmed up and ready for us.

Joy was cooking up breakfast and we were off on another cruise - this time to Fremont and Ballard.

It was a perfect grown-up slumber party!

Thank you, Joy!
  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers


From the Owner

I bought this unique stable vessel to meet and share with others. It is a great way and super relaxing way to get out on the water. Seattle is such a beautiful city to live in let alone on a boat with the views of the downtown and the space needle.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Seatac Airport at 15 Miles Nearest Barpub : China Harbor Nearest Ferry : All downtown ferries at 3 Miles Nearest Golf : Interurban at 3 Miles Nearest Train : downtown King street at 3 Miles Nearest Motorway : I-5 at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : China Harbor Nearest Ski : Snoqualmie at 35 Miles Nearest Beach : On the beach Car: not necessary


From $275 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter Mid-Week
Oct 2 2014 - May 28 2015
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2015
May 29 2015 - Sep 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Gas per hour for cruises $50 + Tax
  • Tax Rate 9.8%

You will have an amazing experience onboard Joyfull Adventures. Anchoring out in a bay and waking out there is priceless. I am a great tour advisor with a wealth of information and suggestions that will help you make the most of your vacation time and will save you money.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Updated: Mar 10, 2015


From the Owner

One of the unique benefits is the fabulous views of the downtown day or at night. When the sun sets on the buildings of the downtown or capital hill the windows light up and glow shades of yellows and reds. It is awesome to enjoy the hot tub day or night and than jumping from the boat or going down the slide right at the dock. Come on in, the water is great. I am super close to entertainment, the city, on the bus line and an abundance of places to eat out at.

Property Type

  • boat


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...

Onsite Services

  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Water View


  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 840 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • 2


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Captain's Salon - 1 queen, Room has Satellite TV, DVD player, etc.
  • First Mate's Salon - 1 double
  • The Penthouse - 1 double, Comfortable loft.
  • Living Room Futon - 1 sleep sofa /futon, One deluxe queen-sized futon.
  • Queen size Beds (1) Excellent sleeping conditions. Warm and very cozy., Double Beds (2) The third bed is called 'the penthouse.' It is a double bed that is in a small room. You crawl into it as the ceiling is 36 inches high.Check out the video. It is super fun, cozy, a private nook. All younger ones fight for the room. 'I have my own space.' Even when two sleep in their. Super comfy. It is a whole new way of saying 'crawling in for the night', Twin or Single Beds (1) My boat accommodates 6. You will have MORE than a room with a view. I usually sleep up in the garden during the summer.


  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • I have a 1989 Honda Pacific Coast that I can rent out if you have a valid current endorsement and your own insurance. I would be willing to rent it per week for 300.00. Back to my boat: On top of the boat there is a 10 X 10' garden (beer/wine garden) along with the hot tub with full views of the downtown and the space needle. We can take the boat out cruising on Lake Union, Lake Washington or out to the Puget Sound. I design the trip around your vacation.

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