The ‘only human-powered tour boat’ on the East Coast

It’s the ultimate multi-tasking adventure: Get out on the water, sip a beer and tone those glutes. Who needs the gym, the bar, or a swank schooner excursion when Maine BayCycle, the latest cruise offering in Portland Harbor, captures all three in 90 minutes.

Run by Peaks Island native Neil Kinner, the new cycle boat is the choice for Portlanders who don’t need to see Fort Gorges or the Head Light again, but want a break from the hot cobblestone streets packed with ice cream-licking tourists.

“It’s a human-powered BYOB power boat,” said Kinner, who just might be having a better summer than you. He takes people out five times a day, offers up water and mimosas from the undercover cooler that doubles as a bar. Passengers clutch a rail and ride as the boat meanders toward the Casco Bay Bridge.

When he cuts the engine, the Spinning class begins and the music (guests can bring their own) is cranked.

“You don’t have to pedal the whole time. It’s really your trip,” said the captain. “You can just go out and hang out on the harbor.”

Maybe you want to impress a client, a date, or mix up a stale weekly meeting. This novelty, where 10 seated bikes powered by passengers face each other, is a nice change.

“There are more of these on the West Coast and only 16 or 17 in the country,” said Kinner, who operated a similar vessel in Portland, Oregon, where he bought this one. He claims Maine BayCycle is the only “human-powered tour boat” on the East Coast.

“It’s fun. You are actually doing something while being out on the water, enjoying yourself and getting a little exercise too,” said Diana Nelson, Kinner’s public relations rep. on a trip Tuesday morning. “Any excuse to be on the water.”

Tours head out daily behind RiRa Pub at 11a.m. and 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Sign up at And lace up those sneakers.



Kathleen Pierce

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A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.