Daily Record Staff//March 21, 2023
//March 21, 2023
Paddle Club Baltimore and Naptown Tiki Club will hit the water as Baltimore’s only passenger pedal boat and Annapolis’ first and only floating tiki bar beginning April 1.
Powered by Sea Suites Cruises, Paddle Club Baltimore and Naptown Tiki Club are an expansion of the cruises co-founded by lifelong friends Jack Maher and Jack Walten in Washington. Following the launch of the Potomac Paddle Club in 2018, “The Jacks,” as they are known, added the Potomac Tiki Club and also launched Paddle Club RVA in Richmond in 2022. Mahler and Walten were born and raised in Arlington, Virginia and became best friends in pre-school because they shared the same first name.
Previously SipAhoy Cycleboats, Sea Suite Cruises partnered with SipAhoy to relaunch the offering as Paddle Club Baltimore this year. Launching from Harborview Marina in the Inner Harbor next to Little Havana, Paddle Club Baltimore explores some of Baltimore’s most popular waterfront spots during a cruise around the city.
The 30-foot catamaran-style cycle boat seats up to 20 passengers and has 10 cycle stations encircling a centralized bar. The boat is powered by passengers pedaling at their own pace in tandem. The boat also has a motor when or if preferred.
Naptown Tiki Club, located in Annapolis in Ego Alley, is the only tiki boat bar in the area. Groups of eight to 16 passengers can cruise down Ego Alley, beneath the Eastport Bridge, down Spa Creek, into the Annapolis Harbor and past the Naval Academy. The tiki boat operates with an engine and features a centralized bar with seating and a lounge area.
Each 1 hour, 45-minute rental includes a USCG-certified master captain and deckhand. Passengers can bring their own food and beverages, including beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.