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Finger Lakes Cycle Boats launches on Seneca Lake

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Finger Lakes Cycle Boats celebrated its launch with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Seneca Harbor Park on May 30, 2024. The company’s boat, the Seneca Siren, began offering tours on Seneca Lake a week prior.

The Seneca Siren combines motorized travel with pedal power, allowing up to 10 passengers to help propel the boat by pedaling. The boat will navigate Seneca’s western and eastern shorelines and travel up the canal. Co-owner Chris Marriott, from Enfield, shared that the idea took years of planning and negotiation to bring to life.

The ceremony featured speeches from local leaders, including Nigar Hale, executive director of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce; Watkins Glen Mayor Laurie DeNardo; and Schuyler County Administrator Shawn Rosno. Co-owner Sam Hale of Burdett also spoke, expressing optimism about the venture.

The 7-year-old boat, originally custom-built by Cascade Cycleboats in Oregon, can carry up to 16 passengers. It operates daily, weather permitting, with trips starting every two hours from 11 a.m. The cost ranges from $45 to $59 per trip. The boat features comfortable seating, a bar, and a sound system for a memorable experience.