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Meet Your Captain


Ahoy Mateys! 


My Name is Captain Charles Arnell. I am a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master Merchant Mariner Boat Captain. I am passionate about all things on, under, and above the water. To this end I am also a surfer, Dive Master, Rescue Diver, And a FAA licensed Sea Plane pilot!

All of my life I have lived and loved an active water lifestyle. Since moving to Oregon in 1990 I have lived along the banks of the Willamette River. Recently, I have moved even closer and I live in one of Oregon's unique and historic floating homes! 

I love to share this beautiful river with all of my guests. I have vast river knowledge and navigation experience. I have a very personal connection and a true passion for the Willamette River!


I am looking forward to sharing this experience with you!

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The Fleet

Meet Sweetwater, our custom built, fully covered, rain resistant, 23-foot tritoon powered by a Yamaha 4-stroke, 150 horsepower engine.


Cruise the Willamette in comfort and style. Our boat has three pontoons for an extremely comfortable and stable ride.

Features easy entry and exit at dock level for maximum accessibility.

During the winter months, we have heated blankets and an onboard heater.


Our Cruising Destinations

Eagles, Sea Lions, Waterfalls, Beautiful Portland Bridges! Together, we will explore all of the incredible sights and sounds in and around the beautiful waterways of Portland!

We offer customizable, personalized, private, guided river tours. Surprise your partner with a wedding proposal! Get married! Come explore  with us as we take in the views and soak in the sun. It's always a great time out on the water!

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Our Professional Crew

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Captain Charles Arnell is happy to have you aboard! Together we will explore the beautiful waters surrounding the city of Portland! 

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First Mate Coco

Coco the dog will help us along our adventure with her incredible nose and sharp wit!

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