Guests will find it easy to relax and enjoy your gathering, with completely stocked bars on both interior decks. In the Grand Salon (second level), a graceful arc of carved mahogany, polished brass and mirrors suggests an elegant salon of the 1800’s. On the first level, the “Boiler Room Bar” is twenty feet of copper and brass resembling massive antique boilers. Lights glimmer, gauges fluctuate and “fire” flickers behind the grates to recall a day when steamboats were the primary means of travel. Seating up to 160 diners on each interior deck, the William D. Evans sets an elegant table with fine linens, crystal stemware, china settings and silver flatware to impress any gathering. Below deck, a fully equipped galley can handle any size event, meaning an end to onshore catering needs. Full ovens, broilers, range tops and refrigeration enable us to bring aboard anything required for an elegant banquet. An elevator between two decks allows for quick and easy serving. To ensure your event is a rousing success, the crew aboard the William D. Evans takes great care to see that each guest receives friendly and impeccable service. To make any excursion a “total” 19th century experience, all crew members wear authentic period dress. While only a little more than half the length of the 200-foot palaces of a century ago, the William D. Evans’ twin 400-horsepower, turbo-charged diesels provide more than those steam-powered giants could ever dream of producing. Complementing this power, a full state-of-the-art communications, navigational and safety equipment — along with steel hull construction — makers her one of the safest excursion boats afloat, earning her U.S. Coast Guard and American Bureau of Shipping Certification.

The William D. Evans. Continuing the American paddlewheel tradition...Providing an unforgettable setting for your next San Diego boat cruise.