Finishing touches before Swan Boats’ Public Garden debut

TO:DD IT’S A SURE SIGN OF SPRINGTIME IN BOSTON AND A BIG TRADITION, JUST LIKE THE RED SOX HOME OPENER AND THE BOSTON MARATHON. THE PUBLIC GARDEN IS COMING BACK TO LIFE AND THE SWAN BOATS ARE BACK IN THE LAGOON. >> EACH FALL THEY ARE DISMANTLED AND THEY ARE PUT IO NTSTORAGE, AND WE DO REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE OVER THASET ASON PERIOD. TO:DD THE PROCESS OF REPAIRING THE SWAN BOATS AND LAUNCHING THEM ON THE LAGOON IS A LABOR OF LOVE. NNLY EXPLAINS THAT THE SIX BOATS THAT COMPRISE THE FLEET WERE TILBU BETWEEN 1910 AND 1982, WITH MATERIALS LIKIRONE , OAK, BRASS AND COPPER. BUT HANDLING THIS HEAVY WAS URIEL’S IS NOT NEARLY REASON WHY — BUT HANDLING ISTH HVYEA MATERIAL IS NOT THE ONLY REASON WHY THE BOATS ARE SO HEAVY. >> EACH PIECE IS A CUSTOM PIECE, NON-INTERCHANGEABLE. TO:DD THE SWAN BOATS ARE PEDDLING AGAIN FOR THE FIRST FULL SEASON SINCE 2019. >> A SWAN BOAT RIDE EXPERIENCE HAS SO MUCH TO DO WITH THE ENVIRONMENT YOU ARE IN. YOU ARE IN THE CITY BUT YOU COME INTO THIS GARDEN. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL, ON THE WATER, TRQUANIL EXPERIENCE FOR A SHORT MYRIADS — FOR SHORT PERDIO OF YOUR DAY. TODD: KEEPING WITH TRADITION, MICH

Finishing touches before Swan Boats’ Public Garden debut

The team is putting the final touches on Boston’s beloved Swan Boats before they return to the Public Garden lagoon for their 145th season this weekend – the first full season since 2019.”Each fall – after we close – they’re dismantled and put into storage, and we do our repairs and maintenance over that off-season period,” said Swan Boat President Lyn Paget.The process of re-assembling the Swan Boats and launching them on the lagoon is a labor of love.“I’m a member of the Paget family. We’ve owned and operated the Swan Boats since 1877,” Paget said. Paget explains that the six boats that comprise the fleet were built between 1910 and 1992, with materials like iron, oak, brass and copper. But handling those heavy materials isn’t the only reason why re-assembling the boats is a time-consuming, detail-oriented undertaking.”They are custom-made, which means that each piece of the boat – and there’s about 25 pieces – is a custom piece, non-interchangeable,” she said.The Swan Boats are a landmark in Boston, and part of the tradition includes the mayor celebrating the return. Mayor Michelle Wu will be on hand Saturday at 10 a.m. to kick off the season. “A Swan Boat ride experience really has so much to do with the environment that you’re in. You’re in the middle of the city, but you come into this garden and it’s really a beautiful, on-the-water, tranquil experience just for a short period of your day,” Paget said. “That’s the way it’s always been and that’s the way we continue it.”

The team is putting the final touches on Boston’s beloved Swan Boats before they return to the Public Garden lagoon for their 145th season this weekend – the first full season since 2019.

“Each fall – after we close – they’re dismantled and put into storage, and we do our repairs and maintenance over that off-season period,” said Swan Boat President Lyn Paget.

The process of re-assembling the Swan Boats and launching them on the lagoon is a labor of love.

“I’m a member of the Paget family. We’ve owned and operated the Swan Boats since 1877,” Paget said.

Paget explains that the six boats that comprise the fleet were built between 1910 and 1992, with materials like iron, oak, brass and copper. But handling those heavy materials isn’t the only reason why re-assembling the boats is a time-consuming, detail-oriented undertaking.

“They are custom-made, which means that each piece of the boat – and there’s about 25 pieces – is a custom piece, non-interchangeable,” she said.

The Swan Boats are a landmark in Boston, and part of the tradition includes the mayor celebrating the return. Mayor Michelle Wu will be on hand Saturday at 10 a.m. to kick off the season.

“A Swan Boat ride experience really has so much to do with the environment that you’re in. You’re in the middle of the city, but you come into this garden and it’s really a beautiful, on-the-water, tranquil experience just for a short period of your day,” Paget said. “That’s the way it’s always been and that’s the way we continue it.”