About Us


Our Captain

Captain Dawson Raymo has been boating since he was a child growing up on the St. Lawrence River. The son of a hunting and fishing guide, he often helped his father in his business. Captain Raymo, licensed by New York State as a Pilot and Engineer of Public Vessels, has owned a boat in the Finger Lakes area for over 20 years, the past 11 of which have been on Canandaigua Lake, where he now resides. 


Our Boat

Tours are conducted on a new Harris 24-foot pontoon boat, a 240 Cruiser Entertainment series. The boat is spacious and comfortable, with a 12-foot bimini to provide shade for those who prefer it as well as seating in the sun for those who want a tan. Certified to carry 9 people - adults or children - there's plenty of room to spread out. We even have a table and stools to enjoy snacks and beverages. Type I life vests are stored with easy accessability on all trips. Other recreational life vests and flotation devices are available for swimming if passengers would like them. 

Boat Tours

Tour Canandaigua Lake Your Way!

Your cruise can be a slow, scenic tour of the coastline, enjoying views of the beautiful homes along the way, or go at a faster pace and ride the waves! Stop and take a swim in the clear lake water away from shore or in the shallow water near Squaw Island. You can even spend time near the Canandaigua Beach where many boaters anchor and enjoy the afternoon in the water or on the boat. 

A longer tour allows for cruising the entire length of the lake - which is about 20 miles. Sunset tours are also available upon request - a beautiful and peaceful experience. 

Tours can be as short as 1 hour or as long as 6 hours and are scheduled morning, afternoon or evening. You choose the number of hours you want!

We invite you to bring your own lunch, snacks and refreshments on board or, for an additional charge, you can order a box lunch. We'll have it on the boat, ready to enjoy when you arrive! (Inquire about box lunch options when booking)

Scheduling & Pricing

Ready to come aboard? Reach out to Captain Dawson by email at livingthelife6774@gmail.com. Minimum tour length is 1 hour with a maximum of 6 hours. Tours are available  days a week, morning, afternoon or evening. Pick-up and drop-off spots are Canandaigua Pier, former Steamboat Landing docks, or the Inn on the Lake waterfront. Other lakefront locations can be arranged by request. 

Pricing is $95/hour for up to 9 passengers (children and adults). At this time payment is cash only.  



I went out with my family on Captain Raymo's boat for a day on the lake and we loved the experience! The boat is spacious and well maintained. We were able to go on a cruise to see some of the lake views, as well as relax and enjoy being on the water. Canandaigua Lake is a beautiful lake and we had a great time!   

Have went on Dawson's boat 2 times now in 2 years. He is very friendly, and prompt and his prices are fair and he always gives you more than your money's worth for your ride. Took my 90 year-old wheelchair bound mother and he helped with getting her on and off the boat. His boat is super nice and comfortable. He will work with you to make your day the best. Great guy!  

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Living The Life Boat Tours

Canandaigua, NY 14424, US

Contact Captain Raymo at livingthelife6774@gmail.com