Come aboard this 50' traditional wood sailboat.
Join us for a optional 2-hour hand's on sail for up to 6 passengers (Add'l $150), followed by an overnight dockside and self serve breakfast looking out on Eagle Harbor. Pets and children welcome.
LILLE DANSER BOAT AND BREAKFAST
Join us for a optional 2-hour hand's on sail for up to 6 passengers (Add'l $150 , followed by an overnight dockside on a traditional 50' gaff cutter and light breakfast in the morning.
The vessel 'Lille Danser' has a double berth aft, a covered cockpit, pilot berth in the galley, and a double V berth forward that converts to a double. The galley offers a coffee/tea pot and old fashioned "ice" box. We offer a small electric heater and electric blankets. Pets and children are welcome. You will have the whole boat to yourself dockside. Free parking. Coin-op Showers,laundry and exercise equipment available in the marina clubhouse. The area is quiet and rural.
This is a great way to enjoy Puget Sound. The marina is located on the south side of Eagle Harbor. You can sit in the cockpit and watch the eagles and osprey fly overhead and the ferries come and go. Downtown Winslow is less than 2 miles away. There are wonderful u-pick and Christmas tree farms on the island as well as hiking trails, parks, great coffee shops and bakeries. There is an active art's community through Bainbridge Performing Arts and the many festivals. There is a Bluegrass festival in the summer and the KidIMU kid's museum. I like the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center with the lap pool, waterslide, lazy river and hot tub followed by Gelarto or Mora's Ice Cream.
Here's a recap of fees:
parking - free
berth and breakfast for two = $150 ( default)
Additional guests= $10 each
Pets = $20 total
Sail = $150 for 2 hours (payable after sail, cash or check is fine) Up to six passengers.
Inflatable rowing dinghy rental = free if you pump it up and put it away after.
Ride to/or from the ferry for 6 passengers-- $10 anytime.
Guests will have access to the entire vessel moored in a marina. The galley propane is only available by arrangement and safety training with the owner.
The marina has parking, heated restrooms, coin operated showers, exercise room, laundry.
Interaction with Guests
I usually meet each guest at the marina parking lot to check in and show them the marina, and review things like how to use the heads, water pump and heaters. If we are planning to add the sail, we'd often have it at check in. Once they are settled for the night, I'm available a mile away at my home but I leave them with the boat to themselves. They self check out and send me a text to let me know.
Lille danser is on the south side of eagle harbor. It is 2 miles to the ferry in Winslow and to Lynwood center. The best dog beach is right next door with cool trails and great view of seattle. I love the slip because it is in the end tie. It has completely open view of the harbor. It is on the quiet side of the harbor and the dick I quiet too. You can sit in the cockpit and bird watch, boat watch, read, watch the sunset.
Commuter buses on weekdays with limited hours. Taxis all hours. There is a Dinghy to get to town. I can do a shuttle to the ferry on the odd hours. Most guests drive or bike from the seattle ferry.
Other Things to Note
There is a ice box with..... ice.
Guest are welcome to bring food and drink on the sail. I have life jackets.
Pets and kids are welcome. There is a pet fee.
There are heaters and electric blanket but still dress warm for the sail.
Please avoid wearing high heels or high heeled boots.
The boat has a small transistor radio and that is it for electronic entertainment.
**updated 2015* details for 3 - 5 day stays**
1. Leaks. If there is a major downpour, there is a drip over the forward berth through the overhead hatch. I have a canvas cover in the dock box in case there is a heavy rainstorm.
2. Potable Water- cold only. I installed a 55 liter water tank bladder in the boat that lasts a couple days for washing dishes. To fill it, you will need to open the deck fitting and add water from the dock hose. There is not a constant water supply on the boat. The "hot" side functions when the engine is running. Use the teapot to make hot water for dishes. The water is potable, but the hose is a standard hose. When the water pump kicks on and stays on, it is time to fill the tank.
3. Icebox. There is a deep, insulated locker in the galley that acts as a cooler. I'll start it with a couple of jugs of ice and you can restock with block ice after that. If water collects in the base of the icebox, there is a spigot to empty it in to the bilge and the bilge pump will dump it overboard.
3. Wiring. There are two electrical systems on the boat. household outlets are 110 and the power comes from the shore. There is 30 amps in all, with 15 amps in the forward half of the boat and 15 amps aft. The rest of the wiring is all 12 volt. There are several places on the boat that the 12 volt wiring harnesses are visible but not harmful.
4. Heat. There are three heaters that plug in to outlets. there is one in each cabin, but with the limit in amperage, there can only be one or two on at a time. There is a small wood stove as well---really small. There is an electric blanket in the aft cabin.
5. Heads. There are three options with the heads. The marina has flushing toilets, coin op showers, weight room and a sauna. The boat was built in the 70's with through-hull toilets which I have removed. I have a "weekender" camping toilet in the aft cabin head. It doesn't flush. There is a trap door at the base to drop the contents to the holding tank. It holds 2 gallons of liquids. The toilet paper goes in the garbage can and both will probably need to be emptied frequently. It is handy for late nights so you don't have to walk up to the restrooms. There is a second toilet that was set up for cruising. It can accommodate liquids and solids. It is a composting toilet. The liquids container holds a gallon or so. In order to use the composting feature, you will need to place a barrier in the bowl, such as a coffee filter. Then there is a trap door for the solids. There is a full-time fan for the composter. All toilet paper goes in the garbage.
6. Curtains. The boat has a lot of light and there are no other boats or pedestrian traffic along the stern, port side and forward. There is also a bulwark (wood enclosure) around the deck. For that reason, I don't have a need for curtains. Once you are here, if you need curtains anywhere, let me know. I've got them but love not needing them.
7. Galley. I have set up electric teapot, coffee pot, waffle iron, and toaster for short stays. The boat has a propane stove, broiler and oven. On any boat-- escaped propane sinks into the bilge and remains collected and flammable indefinitely. I have a sensor to warn of propane and will train you on the use of propane. There is also a propane BBQ on deck-that doesn't have the same issues. There is very limited cookware since the propane isn't usually available. once you are here, you can give me a wish list for pots and pans. I'll bring them from home.
Please note the 2 hour sail is an additional $150. Once you have secured the date, just let me know what time you would like to sail and we can plan for it. For the sail, I may need to know the sizes to have the life jackets ready-- especially for XL and small kids. If you would like to sail earlier than the check in time, that may be arranged. If you would like to sail the following day, that may work too. It is really important that children have their pfd's (lifejackets) on when they are visiting the marina and wear them on the docks as well as on the boat. The local kids living aboard do the same.
It really helps to have some information about how you all would like sleeping arrangements when the date is secured. I will be setting up the bunks to fit your group, so just let me know your preference.
The boat is part of our family and we know our guests will treat her gently. There is no smoking aboard the boat, but it is okay on the dock. We appreciate guests being aware of other families enjoying their boats and refrain from loud noise after 10 pm. Other than that---dress warm for the sail in all months of the year. We sail all season. The dockmaster in the office will like to know you are staying aboard, so pass by and say "Hello Doug".
Thanks for letting us spend the night in the Lille Danser. Although the night was called we were quite warm. We enjoyed it tremendously and would recommend it to anybody wanting to stay on a sailboat. Everything is well-maintained very and the boat is very cozy. We would definitely like to come back possibly during the summer when its warmer.
We booked the Lille Danser for an overnight stay and it was everything I had hoped for. Tami our host was absolutely wonderful. Her communication prior to arriving had been very responsive and when we met her she had made the boat so warm and inviting with comfy bed linens, heated blankets and muffins and fruit too. The next day Tami took us out on a 2 hour sail. Despite the lack of wind, we had a great time and she was so kind and patient with the kids giving them a private sailing lesson as they learned to hoist the sails, tie knots then lower and tie back the sails when we returned to the harbor. This wonderful sailing experience on beautiful Bainbridge Island and one that we will definitely repeat!
This was a wonderful little adventure! I surprised my boyfriend in our 1 year anniversary. He could not stop talking about how much he loved the Lille Danser!
The boat was kept surprisingly warm on a very rainy and somewhat stormy weekend! It had that secluded from the outside world feel...while being very close to all the amenities Bainbridge has to offer.
We had a great sense of relaxation and would come back again...maybe on a late spring or summer day to enjoy a sail as well.
We loved our stay on Tami's sailboat! Tami met us there and showed us all there was to know about the boat. She left us with a wonderful breakfast as well. We stayed in February. I thought it might get chilly, but she left us with heaters and an electric blanket. We stayed plenty warm. The boat was beautiful. We would defiantly come back and stay again!!!
Our trip on the Lille Danser was perfect! We had beautiful weather, which helped, but working with Tami would have been a pleasure no matter what. She was friendly, prompt and flexible when I set up a surprise overnight on the boat for my boyfriend just four days in advance. Choosing the Lille Danser over a traditional hotel or studio felt like an adventure, and we both truly enjoyed the getaway even though we were just a ferry ride away from home.
I highly recommend tacking on the optional two-hour sail!
Surreal experience -- I surprised my boyfriend by booking Lille Danser for the night. We did the optional sail in mid-January and caught a great day for it. Do it. It's hands-on and fun.
Tami is a great and caring host. Our sleeping areas were set up for us, and coffee + a light breakfast were easily accessible in the morning. The space heaters and electric blankets were more than enough to keep us warm throughout the night.
We're already planning to book this again with friends sometime this summer.
You won't regret booking this rad 1970s sailboat.
Everything about our experience was perfect. Tami is a caring host and the sailboat was absolutely magical.
Even on a winter night, the boat was comfortable. We enjoyed sitting outside at night. Inside was warm and pleasant.
We hope to come back again one summer to do the sail! This is a place you must stay when visiting the Seattle area!
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I'm the host on the boat: USCG 100T Master inland, owner of Lille Danser Boat and Breakfast, the Island's Harbormaster, fiddler and rubboard player in WHOZYAMAMA Cajun and Zydeco. I speak Spanish and American Sign Language and some french. I'd been a long time liveaboard and SCUBA diver though more recently learning to snowboard. I live on Bainbridge Island with my partner, Claudette and our teenage daughter.
Claudette is the host at the house in Madison Valley: RN at UWMC, plays cajun accordion in the band WHOZYAMAMA.