Edgewater Marine owners Michael Terner and Dough Murdoch seek to rent electric boats on the lagoon in Foster City. The proposal passed a City Council hurdle Monday night.
Leo J. Ryan Park in Foster City should have a new attraction soon as the City Council gave preliminary approval Monday night for bareboat rentals on the lagoon.
Edgewater Marine LLC must first iron out contract details with the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee before the council is expected to give the final OK for the concession to start at its Aug. 19 meeting, said one of the company’s owners Michael Terner.
The company will mimic a concession in Newport Beach in Southern California that is popular, Terner told the Daily Journal.
“We’re pretty confident it will be very popular,” Terner said.
The proposal seeks to have tie-ups at Leo J. Ryan Park near the recreation center to be rented for a minimum of two hours at a $100 per hour rate from 11 a.m. to dusk.
Councilman Art Kiesel likes the idea of more people taking the opportunity to get on the water but hopes the cost will not be prohibitive. He also has concerns as to what kind of advertising the boats might display and where they will be stored at night.
“I don’t want to look out and see a long line of boats on the lagoon with display advertising,” he said.
The Duffy electric boats will be 16 feet to 22 feet long and will be captained by the renter, according to the proposal.
Elegant Lagoon Cruises once provided dinner service and a captain on the lagoon but stopped operating at the end of 2012.
Duffy boats are already popular in Foster City as Edgewater Marine sells and services them.
There are at least 260 electric boats on the water in Foster City and about 85 percent are Duffy boats, said Terner, who made a count of all electric boats docked in the city himself.
The Duffy electric boats run clean and quiet and seat up to 10 people, according to the manufacturer.
The operators have high hopes for the boat rental concession.
“Home values are likely to increase resulting from improved community reputation for ‘quality of life in Foster City,’” Edgewater Marine owners Terner and Dave Murdoch wrote in their proposal to the city.
The boats may provide “relaxing and enjoyable getaway fun for family and friends” and “unique opportunities for business meetings and recognition awards,” according to the proposal.
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