With an emphasis on nature over noise, glide along the waterways of the scenic New River the beautiful canals of Fort Lauderdale in our silent electric boat. We'll show you nature's beauty thriving just beyond the iconic homes and moored yachts.
With a maximum of six passengers, our 22' electric boats "ēCHO" and "OP" explore the calm waterways that larger boats can't reach. That means more wildlife and a quieter, more intimate view of the natural world beyond the bustling canals of Fort Lauderdale.
I’ve been asked how we came about naming our company Gondolas West and how we decided to name our first boat "ēCHO."
Since the early 1900’s, Ft. Lauderdale has had the nickname "The Venice of America." No wonder, since we have almost 500 miles of waterways and 162 bridges in our immediate area.
When I purchased ēCHO, I made sure that she had the surrey top that is so distinctive to the gondolas of Venice. This, coupled with the rear steering station, really lends to the look of a modern day-gondola. Since we're a few thousand miles from Venice, Italy, I added the “West” so as not to confuse the two! When we added "OP" to our fleet in 2014, I made sure she was fitted with the same distinctive surrey top to honor our Venetian theme.
- ECO TOURS
- HISTORIC TOURS
- LUXURY SEATING
- COMPLIMENTARY WATER & SODA
- ALL TOURS AVAILABLE AS PRIVATE TOURS
- FULLY SHADED - GOOD TO GO IN SUN & RAIN
When I designed the suggested routes, I wanted to enhance the options available to locals and travelers alike by purposely staying off of the main arteries of the waterways. We’ll make the “Sunday Drive” around the back canals and rivers while talking about the history and wildlife of the area and really relax as we hear the gentle prop wash pushing us through the water.
I really believe that when you cruise with us, you'll get an unprecedented picture of the Fort Lauderdale area and get a feeling for where our city came from, where she is now, and possibly a view into the future of our "Venice of America."
We have real wine glasses, plates, napkins and silverware so guests can bring wine and food. We offer complimentary soft drinks and water as well.