Water taxis or river taxis are used for public transportation in cities with abundant water channels. Many cities, including New York City, Boston, Baltimore and London, have scheduled water taxis which operate in a similar manner to ferries or buses. Others, like Venice, have for-hire boats similar to traditional taxis. (Venice also has a vaporetto, or waterbus, system that operates similarly to American "water taxis".)
Water taxis also operate in cottage areas where some cottages are accessible only by water. Visitors can drive to a local marina and take a water taxi to the final destination.
The Water Taxi System can be compared to a bus line on the water ... Continual service from all landings at time intervals of 15 to 20 minutes, in season (April through October). They usually do run through the winter, if weather permitting, but with fewer boats. All boats are covered so a little rain doesn't bother the passengers. Because water taxis as usual operate several different routes, passengers will make transfers throughout the day. It is necessary for you to ask questions when boarding in order to make sure you're on the right route for your destination.
In most cities, you can buy onboard an all day ticket, which is good for all day service and covers all routes and all boats for that day. An all day ticket allows you to explore attractions and neighborhoods at your own pace.
Water taxis are "recreational transport". That means, "getting there" is part of the fun. If you must be somewhere really fast or must leave from the airport in 39 minutes ... they are not for you!
Enjoy a relaxing ride in air-conditioned comfort aboard Water Taxi. Whether you are shopping, dining, entertaining business clients or just taking a cruise, your Water Taxi will narrate points of interest along the way. Fares in most cities are usually not expensive (about $6.00 all day for adults, and $3.00 all day for seniors, youth and disabled).
You can take a live narrated water taxi tour. You will get colorful information on the city's history and architecture, entertaining tales, romance, privateers and politics...
The vessels may be rented on an hourly basis for private group cruises, on an as-available basis. A chartered Water Taxi is perfect for a relaxing cruise before of after a group dinner, for birthday parties, sales and staff meetings, organized pub crawls, progressive dinners or even marriage proposals.
In some cases, the water taxi vessels appear to be rebuilt from old classic yachts.
Terry Buzzard of Island Mariner Cruises owned an empty shell of a classic wooden-hulled Chris-Craft motor yacht. Buzzard's original intention was to use the inverted hull as a maritime inspired shelter where customers could relax while waiting for their cruise to depart. The port scuttled that plan and Buzzard had to regroup. Two and a half years and more than 20,000 person-hours later, the yacht, named "Golden Rose" made her debut as a completely redesigned vessel. The born again yacht is patterned after the classic Venetian water taxi and is available for charter to small groups desiring the ultimate in luxury cruising. There is no doubt that the rebuilt yacht offers a unique experience for those seeking an unusual venue for weddings, receptions, dinner or cocktail parties, or just cruising.
Chris Craft Yachts is a large sailboats producer. Most of the Chris Craft Yachts dealers provide
complete Chris Craft yacht service. Specializing in wood boat build, they service and install complete boat systems, mechanical, electrical, electronic, plumbing etc... .