The Eco-Business Spotlight is Nadi Marketing’s monthly series highlighting businesses and entrepreneurs that are leading the way with sustainable practices and making a lasting impact.

Today we are introducing you to Eco Boat Rentals, who we found on Instagram! Eco Boat Rentals is an eco-friendly boat rental service in San Diego Bay. Owners, Kateryna Fedorova and Ruslan Plenis launched the business in February this year and had to close to due to the pandemic. Now, they are up and running! Eco Boat Rentals is perfect for pets and families with many eco rentals to choose from including hydro-cycle boats, pedal kayaks, and a sailing yacht. Co-founder, Kateryna, shares their story with us.

What is your eco-business and what inspired you?

Our story began in 2015 when Harbor Sailing Experience was founded by Capt. Russ, an owner-operator. While sailing San Diego Bay, we became aware of how much plastic is floating in our ocean. We wanted to make a positive impact and help to keep San Diego Bay plastic-free. Russ and Kate decided they wanted to help clean San Diego Bay and provide an eco-friendly atmosphere for people to enjoy the outdoors. Our eco-business is hydro-cycle boats, pedal kayaks, and sailing yacht rental place in the Point Loma area. Book with Eco Boat Rentals so you can also Play with Purpose.

Eco Boat Rentals Kayak

What’s the craziest story you have from starting your own business?

One of the craziest stories happened when we first opened up our business. We were waiting for a customer named Alex who had reserved one of our hydro-cycle boats over the phone. About 30 mins later a customer walked down and we confirmed that their name was Alex, so we explained the safety guidelines and rules, loaded them up, and sent them on their way. 20 mins later a man walked down to our office and said “Hi, I am Alex and we talked over the phone about renting a boat.” We were surprised and shocked that the person who showed up first was also named Alex. Luckily we had availability and were able to send the right Alex out on his trip.

Eco Boat Rentals Pedal Boat

What is one sustainability practice you are most proud of?

One sustainability practice we are very proud of is the installation of ashtrays along the dock to help prevent cigarette butts from ending up in the ocean.

What do you love most about being an eco-business and what drives you to keep going at it?

Eco Boat Rentals Dog-friendly

We love providing our customers with a pet-friendly, fun, and exciting experience out on the water in San Diego Bay. Our customers get to experience the Bay in an intimate setting alongside the diverse wildlife in our beautiful city, and they get a nice workout too. Being able to provide an exciting outdoor activity for our customers to enjoy drives us to continue running our business. The smiles on our customer’s faces and wagging tails of our furry friends make it all worthwhile.

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