Staring at the boats in Boston’s Long Wharf, locals and tourists will notice one boat that stands out from the rest – the Codzilla. Unlike the other white boats bobbing in the harbor, the Codzilla – run by Boston Harbor Cruises – is a brightly colored boat with a monster-like cod fish face painted on its bow. The vessel doesn’t casually cruise the island, but rather zips through the harbor at speeds up to 40 mph, blaring music the entire trip.

Staring at the boats in Boston’s Long Wharf, locals and tourists will notice one boat that stands out from the rest – the Codzilla. Unlike the other white boats bobbing in the harbor, the Codzilla – run by Boston Harbor Cruises – is a brightly colored boat with a monster-like cod fish face painted on its bow. The vessel doesn’t casually cruise the island, but rather zips through the harbor at speeds up to 40 mph, blaring music the entire trip.


Dubbed a “water roller coaster,” the boat twists and turns, giving passengers anything from a spray to a soaking of salty ocean water.


While boarding the ship, many passengers ask the ship’s captain, Chris Robbins, which of the 135 seats they should pick to stay dry.


Robbins laughs and tells them the driest area is the dock.


The wild 40-minute ride has no height or age restrictions, so it attracts thrill-seekers of all ages.


“We have it all,” said Robbins, who doubles as the boat’s operations manager. “We have young kids. Just the other day we had an 84-year-old woman and this was on her bucket list. She came with 30 family members and was a trooper. We have had all ages in the spectrum.”


On a recent afternoon, passenger David Robinson of Plymouth said that while he enjoyed his trip on Codzilla, the experience may be better suited for young families.


“I think if you had younger kids, it would be more fun,” he said. “I think having kids with you would make it a better time, but I enjoyed myself.”


As soon as passengers board the ship, a two-man comedy bit begins, featuring a tour guide who shares historical information about the area, and a pirate who tries to tell passengers about the mythical Codzilla living near Deer Island.


While the trip isn’t intended as a historical guide of the harbor, if passengers pay attention they can catch interesting facts in this comedy routine about landmarks such as Long Wharf and the Boston Fish Pier.


“While we don’t have a true historic nature for the trip, we do touch on a few things on our way out, and then it’s more about the story behind the beast (Codzilla),” Robbins said.


Most passengers aren’t drawn to Codzilla for facts about Boston and its harbor. They come for the thrill.


“Folks that come out to Codzilla are the ones that want to have a little edge to the history in Boston,” Robbins said. “They have the thrill ride side to them where they want to go out and have a good time.”


The Codzilla ride opened in July 2006. It’s based on similar rides in New York, Texas and Chicago. But the Boston boat surpassed them by using jets, rather than standard propellers, said Chris Nolan, principal of Boston Harbor Cruises.


When the summer sun becomes unbearable, Nolan said Codzilla is the perfect way to fight the heat by getting sprayed with sea water.


He added that the boat provides a unique adventure.


“No one else offers it, and it’s just a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s something the whole family can enjoy, no matter what age you are.”


Catherine Groux may be reached at cgroux@ledger.com.