Our Boats

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Whale’s Tail Charters is happy to announce that we have commissioned a Brand New, cutting-edge zodiac RHIB (Ridged Hull Inflatable Boat) to carry passengers on the ultimate whale watching tour. Built specifically for these tours, and christened the “Leah J”, the new vessel will hold up to 6 passengers with bench seating. It is compact and maneuverable at 27 feet, allowing the boat to get close to shore and provide the most advantageous wildlife viewing opportunities.

Our new investment will offer an unparalleled experience for anyone who desires an adventurous, nature-based trip off the coast of Depoe Bay, Oregon. Our vision was for a safe and stable ride that still maintained the excitement of being at one with wildlife and scenery off the Oregon coast.

We provide our passengers with the adventure of a lifetime through excellent customer service, first class vessel, the highest possible safety standards and added value from an on-the-water education of whales and marine life. We are the first zodiac whale watching boat in Depoe Bay, and have been inspected and approved by the state of Oregon and have all the newest safety equipment.

We operate two RHIB (Ridged Hull Inflatable Boat) boats. We take 2-6 people so there’s no overcrowding, no diesel fumes to smell, we have 360° viewing, it’s quiet, roomy and faster than the larger boats so you get to spend more time around the whales.

Zodiac inflatable boats are the safest and most stable boats in the world today with all the new construction methods, technology and the new designs allowing necessary safety systems to be in place. Because of their safety reputation, inflatable boats are now the standard for use by the military and other agencies because of its speed, maneuverability, and safe stable ride.

When you first think about it, you might wonder if an inflatable boat is as safe as a larger fiberglass or wood boat. The fact is inflatable boats are just as safe and more stable than larger boats. Inflatable boats are more buoyant because of the inflatable collar or tubes, these inflatable sections help spread the buoyancy out over the entire boat.

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The Whales Tail in Whale Cove

A concern that some people have when they are considering an inflatable boat over a larger boat for whale watching is the stability of the inflatable. This is a common question of some people. This is a great feature for people who might be a little bit nervous about going out on an inflatable boat.

One indication that inflatable boats are safe is that they are preferred by the Coast Guard as offshore rescue vessels. The reason the Coast Guard prefers these boats is because they are stable and handle better.

Unlike larger boats, an inflatable boat sits flat on the water and has a low center of gravity. Which means they don’t roll like the larger boats. Another feature is you won’t have to smell diesel fumes; hence, you won’t get seasick.