What do you get when you cross a boat and bicycles with a bar? The new East Coast BrewBoat, the only man-powered and beer-fueled party barge on the South Carolina coast.
Sailing out of the nearby fishing village of Murrells Inlet, only about 15 miles south of Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort in Myrtle Beach, the East Coast BrewBoat provides a unique experience on the water. Featuring a pontoon boat that is powered by patrons on bicycle-seat bar stools, the BrewBoat offers smooth sailing and good times at sea.
Holding up to 15 passengers, the East Coast BrewBoat relies on each party's pedal power to propel the vessel through the calm waters and creeks of Murrells Inlet. The boat features 10 pedal stations at the bar area, which is equipped with coolers of ice and stocked with the beer and wine you bring aboard for an affordable BYOB experience.
But the beautiful scenery on the tranquil water is the main attraction. The one-hour tours carry groups through the salt marshes and tidal inlets that surround the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina,” or you and your crew can opt for a shorter trip that includes a pub crawl to all the great bars along the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk.
Visitors can book a tour in advance or check on a walk-up tour while visiting the historic waterfront district. Docked across from the famed Creek Rats bar and grill, the big blue boat can accommodate parties of any size up to 15. But the East Coast BrewBoat can also handle smaller parties looking to kill some time before lunch or dinner.
Patrons who are 21 and older are permitted to bring beer, wine and snacks aboard, and the captain and crew will make sure your drinks stay cold under layers of ice. Drink and peddle at your own pace for a leisurely cruise while you soak up some suds and the scenery.
In addition to the BYOB policy, the Easy Coast BrewBoat also subscribes to a “PYOM” rule, as in “Play Your Own Music”. Guests can bring their favorite play list aboard and the crew will literally hook you up. Our onboard speakers and sound system provide the perfect sound track to a day of good times and cold beers on the open inlet waters.
Patrons can travel at their own pace depending on how hard they wish to peddle, and the East Coast Brew Boat is equipped with an engine in case your party gets tired or wants to take it easy. The captain can adjust the pedals to high or low resistance based on your preference, and he controls all the steering and tour-guiding.
Tours run from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., with the later cruises offering spectacular views of sunset over the inlet. Guests can book a seat individually or charter the entire boat by visiting BrewBoatSC.com. Make your online reservations and fill out the online waiver form so you will be ready to go from the time you arrive at the dock.
Patrons are advised to wear shoes that are good for biking. The bar section of the boat is covered to cut down on direct sunlight, but the outfit suggests wearing sunscreen and comfortable clothing for those hotter days on the water. But a steady ocean breeze, shady shoreline of the inlet and lots of cold drinks help keep it cool.
Guests at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort can make a full day of it by planning a trip to Murrells Inlet. Visit Brookgreen Gardens or Huntington Beach State Park during the day and catch dinner and a cruise at the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk around sundown. The East Coast BrewBoat is the perfect ending to a wonderful day in Murrells Inlet.