A new business, Knoxville Cycleboats, will have its inaugural launch at Volunteer Landing Marina onWednesday, September 15th. The idea is the brainchild of Chicago’s Chicago Electric Boat Company, which has previously offered rides for partiers on the Chicago River. This will be their first effort outside their home state and they will start with one boat, but may expand.
The company was founded by Ron Silvia in 2012 as an outgrowth of his love of waterfronts. Silvia long wanted to expand the business to other cities and, after a visit to Knoxville, decided this would be the spot. Silvia said:
Our Cycleboats have seen tremendous success on the Chicago River, particularly during a time when people have been searching for ways to gather outdoors. We absolutely love the energy of Knoxville, and as a booming riverfront city, this is a perfect location for the Cycleboat experience. We look forward to creating memorable events for the Knoxville community and being part of the city’s celebrations for years to come.
Offering groups of twenty or fewer people a chance to party (it is BYOB and bring your own food) on the river, the experience is similar to the group cycle vehicles found in some cities. Each participant has a set of pedals which, together, propel the boat. Not to worry for those of us with skinny legs or those who imbibe to much to help, there is a motor to keep the party cutting through the waves.
Participants sit around a communal table, enjoying food and beverage on the river, while listening to tunes via the bluetooth sound system. Given our current environment, this may be a safe way to have fun with friends. The outdoor breeze will keep blowing and you can pick your own group to hang with.
Each cruise includes a license professional and a “deckhand.” All safety gear will be nearby, as well. Cruises are available Wednesday through Sunday, starting September 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. A 90-minute cruise runs $450 with a 20 person cap. On gameday, extended 120 minute cruises are offered on (9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.) and an onboard custom television offers the possibility of watching the game while drifting around in the Volunteer Navy.
Reservations are being accepted and can be made on the webpage, where you can also learn more about the enterprise. You can also follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.