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Otter Magic - Floating Home Private Marina Beautiful 2story

Bedrooms 1
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

House Boat, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

You Cannot Get Any Closer to the Water Than This!! Sure, Lots of Places Have Got the View,.. We've got that, too.. But Here,.. Go Ahead,,, You Can Lean Down and Stick Your Hand In.!... Can you See the Sea-Life?... See the Fish? .... Taste the Salt?? ... You Get to Live on Top of an Aquarium!!! How cool is that?? If you've got your Own Boat, You Can Pull Up To Your Own Front Door!!!

The moment you arrive at this private marina, located just a 10 Minute Waterfront Walk from Downtown Friday Harbor's Ferry Landing, you know you are about to begin a wonderful adventure.

First thing you notice is the Quiet...Next, weather willing, you'll be treated to a View of Mt. Baker..Then, you see the Water.See the Boats...look to the left, and There She is....Your beautiful Hand Crafted Custom Cedar Floating Home Just Waiting for You!

Topped off with a Widows Walk and a small balcony deck with mountain view , The lower level is surrounded by flowers and sculptures that are just beckoning you to to Sit down On The Deck,, Kick back, Kick off your shoes and Take in the View! Watch the Ferry you got off of Leave the Port, or, Finish tying off Your Boat, Take a Deep Breath - and Just R-E-L-A-X!!

Inside, Otter Magic is still All Boat- With a charming configuration of Vaulted Ceiling,Skylights,French Doors, Dutch Doors, Hardwood Floors, Beautiful appointments, Window Walls and Portholes.

Downstairs you have the Bow Shaped Salon (living room) which is west facing and all windows ; The Galley (kitchen), The Lodge Room (den) and the Head (bathroom) with the jetted tub.

French doors lead to the back deck with BBQ

Upstairs consists of two rooms, The Bedroom with Queen size bed, and library, and the Solarium- all Plants, Windows,and Tile Floor, Dutch Door leads to walk around deck (widows walk) giving you 360 degrees of San Juan Island Views.

Otter Magic

Keywords: floathome, houseboat

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2017

About Wendy

For about 17 years, We owned the (ahem) coolest gift shop in the islands..(itw).. We sold it this Spring, and we are looking forward to experiencing Life In Paradise with our Kitten Kismet, Our Toys, And Our Amazing Array of Friends, Oh, And Family:)

Wendy purchased this house boat in 1996

Why Wendy chose San Juan Island

The minute I laid eyes on this place, I had to Have it. I still owned a house that hadn't sold yet, so I knew there was No Way I could afford it, -But, I Had to Have It!!! So, I didn't sleep for 5 days and nights, and I thought and thought and finally came up with...Well,... Since we work seven days a week all summer ,.....Anyway,... IfFWe moved back to the Boat, for the summer,... and Shared The Joy,.... Well, Otter Magic was born!

And, Yes, it is hard Sharing... But so much magic has been made here through the years! We have many repeat visitors, and several adventurous folks have even Moved to the Island after Enjoying The Adventure of Otter Magic. We Know you will enjoy it, too

What makes this house boat unique

Whether sitting on the deck or Looking out the windows- The view is ever changing.starfish, crabs, fish,otters, kingfisher, great blue heron all are our neighbors in our little house by the sea


Friday Harbor House Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Front Deck is large enough to accommodate up to a 20 ft. Boat or Kayaks, Beautifully planted Solarium, Widows Walk,Use of Dinghy, crab pot, shrimp nets, Private Mooring Buoy possibly available separately for larger boats, Marina rainlocker available for larger, private bathrooms and extra laundry facilities, Secure parking for Mopeds, Motorcycles, or Bicycles on Load/Unload Deck


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Otter Magic - Floating Home Private Marina Beautiful 2story
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 12 reviews
Bozeman, MT

Otter Magic is Certainly Magical!!

  • 5 of 5

Recently, myself and three of my best friends had the opportunity to spend two nights on Otter Magic. From the parking lot, as we approached the floating home we were in love and once we walked in we were so happy that we decided to stay here! In fact, when it came time to leave, we did not want to go. We spent two glorious nights eating fresh lobster courtesy of Rick and Wendy, drinking wine, watching the family of otters play right off of the back deck and spending quality time with one another. Thank you Rick and Wendy for your hospitality and we hope to come back sooner than later!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cleveland, TN

Wonderful and perfect!!

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I just spent 8 wonderful nights at Otter Magic!! We had a blast! The whole place was spotless when we got there and was equipped with everything you could need. Rick and Wendy went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. We don't get to travel a lot and traveling alone for the first time I was glad to have them around. I felt very safe the whole time. They were around to answer any questions we had and also gave us some great suggestions on places to go. I would recommend Otter Magic and Friday Harbor to anyone wanting an adventure. The scenery is beautiful and the people are all so friendly! BTW, we really did see otters!! I would get on a plane right now and go back if I could! :)

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Go Girls Go! Planes trains Automobiles and more - You get the coveted Adventurers Award so far this year...what a pleasure having you! Thanks again, Rick and Wen
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waldport, oregon usa

perfect get away

  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect! what a great place to stay right on the water.It was so cozy. We would do it again.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington DC


  • 5 of 5

I've been to Friday Harbor many times in my boat and have always loved it as a boater. For my recent trip without a boat, I wanted to give my girlfriend as close to a boater's experience as possible. That's when we found Otter Magic. This review will detail how it exceeded my expectations in every way.

Accommodations: Otter Maginc is a "float home" which means it is a not a boat, but rather a compact apartment floating in a slip next to other boats in a marina. This pictures are accurate, the "bow" (front) of the home features a sitting room (seats 4-6) with lots of windows and views of the ferry and the main marina. Mid-ship is the galley (kitchen) and head (bathroom) with jacuzzi tub/shower combo, and to the stern (rear) is a TV room with a sofabed. Up the ladder/stairs (not typical stairs) is a queen bed and a sitting room. My favorite part of the float home were the outdoor areas: the bow has patio chars perfect for enjoying the outside while watching the incredible view, and the stern has a barbeque where I did all of my cooking. Everythng you could possibly need is already on board, so your provisioning should be limited to main food items. There is a stereo system on board that I connected an iPod to for background music when we wearn't listening to sounds of the marina. The bed was super-comfortable and there are windows and doors that you can use to regulate air flow pretty easily.

Location: Otter Magic is in a perfect spot for vacationers who want privacy but also want the marina experience (readers who are boaters know what I am talking about). Nestled into the closest slip to the shore, the port (left) side of the home is mostly lush vegetation; the starboard side faces the dock in such a way that the stiing area and patio are almost completely private. You can draw shades on the windows for complete privacy if wanted. The cost for this privacy is a ten minute walk into town.

What I liked about Otter Magic: NO BUGS! We stayed in mid-August and kept the windows and doors open most of the time. It has "barn-style" (upper and lower half) doors on the main and upper levels and provide great ventilation. ITS A BOAT. I liked the varnished wood throughout, and although we didn't use it this trip, the pot-bellied stove/fireplace in the sitting room looked really inviting. PRIVACY: You don't have the boom boxes or drunken sailors that I always seem to get assigned next to in standard marinas.

Cons: We had to leave. Otter Magic was magical.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stanwood, WA

The perfect getaway for those who want something a little different!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just returned from a great weekend in the San Juan Islands. We stayed at Otter Magic and couldn't be happier with our experience there! The houseboat is about a 10 minute walk from the Friday Harbor ferry and is definitely a great option for walk-on tourists. We brought a car and a couple of kayaks which we were able to set right on the back deck of the houseboat and launch right there for some great sunset paddling! How cool is that?

The houseboat itself was very comfortable and had everything we needed for our stay. There's a great market in town for buying whatever groceries you might want (Wine, cheese and crackers for us!), and of course great restaurants within easy walking distance. For those who haven't stayed on a houseboat before, you need to understand that this isn't a hotel room. Living on a boat means everything is compact and the quarters are a little tight. A previous reviewer complained about walking to the marina bathroom. There is a full bathroom on the houseboat with a full-size jetted tub. But it is narrow, so if you're more than a little "broad in the beam" it may be a tight fit. This can also be said about the staircase to the second floor (bedroom and atrium). Think closer to a ship's ladder than "normal" stairs. People who are unsteady or have mobility issues may want to consider other accommodations. There are 30-40 stairs to get down to the dock and the ramp can be steep at low tide. All of these things are normal parts of marina and houseboat living and add to the charm! The place was very clean and comfortable!

As for the owners Rick and Wendy, they were absolutely delightful and went out of their way to make us feel at home. They were very sensitive to our privacy but also willing to chat with us when we engaged them. They are good people, what more can I say?

The highest recommendation I can give is telling any perspective visitors that we wouldn't hesitate to go back and spend more time on Otter Magic. It is truly a one of a kind experience right on the water in a beautiful setting. You won't regret spending time here!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Goleta, CA


  • 4 of 5

Just back from our tour of the Northwest and our stay on the houseboat. Who ever coined the phrase "location, location, location", must have stayed on Otter Magic, because it was truly magic! The salt air, the ocean breezes, coffee & cocktails on the deck, and cozy interior made us re-think hotels forever. Also, the close proximity to town was great. Wendy thought of everything; kitchen was well stocked, as well as the head, and bed ultra comfy, with beautiful linens and down comforter and pillows. We slept with the door open each night, through the night and absolutely loved it!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Whale Watching by Land or By Sea,, Crabbing, Dinghy Putting, Shrimping , Birding, Tide-pooling,, State, County and National parks. Lakes, Lagoons, Farmers Market, Art Walk, Sculpture Park, Fresh Fish Market at Port, along with Boats & Folks to fill your eyes, Scenic Flights, Wildlife Cruises, Shuttle Tours, Kayak Adventures,


Rates & Availability

Friday Harbor House Boat Rental Rates

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30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Summer 3 nite rate is 250.00 per nite
Summer 4 nite rate is 225.00 per nite
Fall 3 nite rate is 225.00 per nite
Fall 4 nite rate is 200.00 per nite
Bed stripped, dishes done, towels in tub and you have No Cleaning Fee! Easy is Good

300.00 deposit to hold reservation- balance due when you arrive
Cancellation policy is 30 days before arrival full return, less than 30 days dependent on re-booking- which is usually possible...keep in contact so everybody's happy

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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