Pedal Cruise Party Boat Provides CT Shoreline Fun


MILFORD, CT (WFSB) – Just in time for the hot summer days, this is an opportunity to hit the Connecticut coastline in style and have some fun.

“This is where you want to be. It’s summer, when you have a band, when you want to party, this is the place,” said Colin Caplan of Pedal Cruise Connecticut.

That would be aboard Pier Pressure, a pedal-powered cruiser docked at the Port of Milford, and the newest venture, from the guys behind the popular Elm City Party Bike.

“We had such a great experience with the bike that it felt like a natural progression. Who doesn’t love being on the water? said Christian Bruckhart with Pedal Cruise Connecticut.

As Pedal Cruise Connecticut officially launched on Tuesday, Eyewitness News boarded the state’s only pedal-powered party boat, which is 35 feet long and can accommodate up to 26 passengers.

“So you have 12 pedal stations, each of them actually moving a gear and a rod that ends in a belt that moves a paddle wheel. We’re a pedal boat and there’s room for that other people can relax and sit down, but today we have to work, we have to work,” Caplan said.

With a breeze off the water and stunning views, it doesn’t work even when you’re pedaling, and the spots fill up fast for the summer, cruising Milford Harbor and Long Island Sound.

“Big parties, bachelor parties, bachelor parties, birthdays, family outings and then we run group tours where 2 people can book, 2 people can book, 2 people can book and everyone can meet everyone,” said Captain Rob Paul with Pedal Cruise Connecticut.

Paul says when the two-hour tour is over, that doesn’t mean the good times are over.

“Everyone comes down and then spends time in Milford, eats out, shops, stays in Milford and enjoys the harbor and town centre.”

Prices are around $40 per person, plus tax and tip.

A fully booked private cruise with 20 passengers will cost up to around $900.

It’s BYOB, so there are coolers in the middle of the bar for your drinks and snacks and there’s even a bathroom on board.

Each cruise includes a captain and mate, making for an enjoyable trip while enjoying pretty views, and there are already some early reviews.

“They don’t want to come in, so once you’re on the boat, enjoying the water, you want to stay out there as long as possible,” Bruckhart said.

Tours book up quickly, especially on weekends.

If you want to go out here on the pedal cruise, you can make reservations here.

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