I will personally go over with you the complete written suggestions and instructions on operating, anchoring, barbecuing and fueling up.
This Sun Chaser pontoon party boat will seat 12 people or a Maximum of 1580 lbs, so a mixture of adults and children would be ideal. It is equipped with a Dickinson Sea-B-Que gas barbeque with propane supplied and cleaned for a $20.00 charge, a pop up change room with Thetford Curve electric Porta Potti, anchor, swim ladder, Boss stereo bluetooth enabled, Garmin 640 GPS, 12 volt outlet to charge your cell phone, 12 volt air pump to inflate your kid's floaties, bimini top and two tables. It is powered by a Mercury 40 hp outboard which is economical and perfect for Lake Union and Lake Washington. This is a Party Pontoon Boat for Lake Union and Lake Washington and is not available for salt water use, fishing or crabbing. Please no pets or smoking. If you do not have a Washington State Boater Education Card please let me know and I will provide you with a Motor Vessel Rental Safety Check List which will take it's place for this rental. Thanks
The boat is wonderful: clean, well equipped, and well maintained. For a group lake outing there's nothing better than a solid pontoon boat and Bud's boat is that and more.
Bud is a terrific host who clearly loves to share the joy of boating. He was very flexible on timing (we wanted to come in a little early) and great with communication. I especially appreciated his patience when I was backing the boat into the slip at the end of the day :-)
So no regrets and nothing but positives. My group enthusiastically recommends both the host and the boat.
I rented from Bud this past weekend and had an amazing experience! Bud was very helpful and responsive prior to the rental. He was very clear about expectations, gas prices, etc. When we met at the dock, two in our party went with Bud to pick up the boat at a private dock then came back to pick up the rest of our group- it took about 30 minutes to get the walk through of the boat and then pick up the rest of our group.
The boat itself was in great condition, we used the grill, restroom and anchor and had no issues with any of the equipment. The boat was easy to steer and our group was very comfortable with plenty of room for our coolers/food.
Bud was extremely friendly and great to work with- even gave my boyfriend and I a ride to a local restaurant he recommended after our day on the boat! I will absolutely rent with Bud again and would encourage anyone to rent with him!
Immaculate pontoon boat. Bud, Owner was very informative and helpful. Being able to grill our brats and have access to the onboard potty was great. I highly recommend renting! Thank you Bud, Us Seattle U. Baseball parents had a fabulous time on Lake Washington.
Bud is a great person to work with. He was very thorough on inspection before and after our trip. The pontoon boat was exceptionally clean and everything worked flawlessly. Parking was no problem. We rented for a full day in July 2017 and were able to see the sights in Lake Washington. We will be moving to Seattle and I'm sure we will be giving Bud a call to rent again!
I can echo other reviews. Bud was pleasant to work with throughout the process, although unreasonable as we closed out the rental. We were assessed a $350 charge for damage done to the prop on his boat that occurred on some prior outing. Bud insisted that we ran aground during our trip which is simply not possible. Of this, all 9 boaters in our party, including our captain, are supremely confident.
My recommendation to other renters it to take photos before and after your journey and insist that an inspection happen immediately upon return and while you are present. Bud inspected the boat the next day while we were not present and we didn't inspect the prop before or after our trip. Had we taken these steps we would have been protected. We were unlucky enough to be the latest renter when Bud realized there was damage. We had no recourse but pay for the damage, but under protest. Bud's a nice fella but renters should always take care to protect themselves.
Bud was a pleasure to work with. He keeps his boat immaculate and in excellent condition. We rented for a family event and there was tons of room and everything you could possibly need. Also, the pick up and drop off process was a breeze. We are excited to rent again!
We had an awesome time on Bud's very well equipped boat (new grill and toilet). Everything was very smooth and we would definitely love to do it again soon! Highly recommended. Allow 30 mins before boarding to go through safety and other instructions.
Bud was helpful and the whole process was smooth. He also suggested a place for us to anchor which was very nice. The only problem was the tax fee that wasn't mentioned in the website which he asked us to pay in cash to him. Other than that, not much problem.
This was our second time using Bud's boat and it was great! Bud always responded to my messages quickly and he was super easy to work with. The boat was in great shape and ran well. We plan to use it again at the end of August and we're really excited about it.
Am amazing experience shared by all of us. Perfect boat for a growing family. We had 2 grandparents plus 4 30 something's and a 4 and 2 year old. Only 2 things that kept me from giving a 5 star rating. The boats throttle/ transmission housing needs some maintenance as it is quite stiff and difficult to move though Forward to Reverse. I owned a boat and know how it should operate. We managed but it definitely added a level of difficulty especially when attempting to pull up to a dock. That brings me to the second issue. When returning the boat Bud expects you to back into the slip rather than either pulling straight in or having him jump on and back it in himself. With the sticky throttle housing and a little cross wind, this was tough and I had been a boat owner for many many years.
Bottom line...I Would DEFINITELY rent from Bud again.
Had a great pontoon rental with Bud! The boat is very nice and clean. Bud is an awesome host, very thorough, prompt and considerate. Took great care explaining boat functions and features to us. It was easy to operate and lots of fun. Planning on renting from him again!
Bud was great. He was very organized and the boat was in great condition. Bud gave me an overview of the boat, showed me where all the safety equipment was, and suggestions for handling rough water if it arose. We drove the boat around Lake Washington and swam off it. Everyone had a great time.
Awesome boat! Bud was very nice and accommodating. We had a blast cruising around the lakes on his pontoon. The boss bluetooth speakers were awesome for playing music while we lounged in the water, and the BBQ was great for grilling for lunch! We can't wait to rent Bud's boat again!
Dock is very close to Lake Union which has great view of downtown Seattle, Space Needle, Sea Planes and Floating Homes. Boat was large enough to accommodate our 4 adults and 4 children. Bud was very helpful and thorough. A good time was had by all.
Bud's boat was amazing! It was very clean and spacious and had all the amenities we could possibly want. Bud was very friendly and he was so flexible with the time frame that we were supposed to meet him. I would definitely rent again from Bud!
Our group met bud at the 14th St. docks in Ballard, and one person went to the Marina about 1/2 mile away. Bud was thorough in the pre-boating inspection. The individual who traveled with Bud then picks up the group at the 14th St. docks. The boat is very nice and spacious and includes a bathroom. We took it all the way around Lake Washington. There is even a makeshift bathroom on board. Bud was very helpful - he even walked me through how to restart the engine when I didn't have the throttle in neutral. 4 stars (would give 4.5 but there is not ability) due to the logistical challenges of parking/shuttling to the Marina. Everything else was great!
We were in Silverdale/Bremerton for 10 days and my son's wedding. We rented the SunChaser pontoon from Bud, our first time using Boatbound, and had a fabulous time! Bud was super responsive and met us on time at the dock. We own our own boat in Chicago but Bud was great in explaining things just the same. We made our way to Lake Union checking out all of the fun house boats and watching a few sea planes land and take off. We motored over to Lake Washington and sat in the Meydenbauer Bay for lunch and a little time in the water. We brought along some floating tubes which we really enjoyed. The boat was clean and well kept, the pop-up porta potty is a great feature and the canopy was nice for a little shade on a full sun day! The views of Mt. Rainer from Meydenbauer Bay were stunning! We docked at Ivars Salmon House for clam chowder on the way back to meet Bud. We had 9 people aboard (ages 90, 85, 60, 50, 47, 29, 26, 20 and 14) with several bags and still plenty of room. We weren't able to use the BBQ as someone had stripped the threads but Bud was very apologetic and assured us he's get it fixed later that day. We brought plenty to eat so it wasn't a big deal. We would definitely rent again from Bud! Wish there was a way to attach and post a few pictures from our FUN day!
What am awesome experience we had! It was our first time renting the boat, and Bud has help us with everything and making sure we are all ready to go. Bud is super helpful and nice to guide us! Definitely will rent from Bud again!! Thanks Bud!
Bud was great, very cordial and very professional. Right at the start he showed everything about the boat in detail. It was fantastic briefing. The boat had everything that need for comfort even a small porta potty. We had wonderful time cruising Lk Union and Lk Wa. All my guests enjoyed the trip a lot. I strongly recommend to rent Bud boat. We will certainly do it when occasion arises.
I had an incredible experience not only with Bud's SunChaser but working with him made everything easier. He was very accommodating and friendly, took his time to make more convenient with the pickup and drop off needs. His boat was fantastic with 8 people and BBQ grill was a neat add on. I would do it again especially with Bud.
Bud made our first time experience using Boatbound a great one. He explained the process of getting a Washington boating certification well in advance of the rental day, and helped to make our day on the water a great one. We ventured from Ballard to Lake Union and Lake Washington (BBQ'ed in Seward Park's cove and went by the Gates mansion on the way back to Ballard). Thanks, Bud
We had a great time on the SunChaser this past weekend on Lake Union and Lake Washington. We had 8 family members on the boat and we had plenty of room for everyone plus all our gear. Bud made the rental process so easy and the trip worked out perfectly. The family is already talking about doing this again in the near future. I highly recommend this boat for your next boating get together.
I will be back on this boat! Bud was very helpful and friendly, the whole process was easy, and the boat was great. We tooled around Lake Union, as well as cruising all the way down to Seward Park in Lake Washington. Best way to spend a day.
We had an outstanding time on Lake Union and Lake Washington. The boat perfumed beautifully and Bud made the experience and process simple. Excellent with communication, straightforward and thorough teaching us about the boat. We look forward to to renting from him again. Thank you.
Great experience renting Bud's SunChaser. We had family in town from Texas and being able to spend a day out on the water was really special. We drove around Lake Washington, parked the boat at Seward Park, swam and grilled up some hot dogs. Bud was there to meet us at the beginning of the day and at the end. Highly recommend!
Bud was wonderful to work with. Before the trip, he promptly answered all of my questions. On the voyage day, Bud was very welcoming and detailed. He was very thorough in his explanation of the boat and how it operates, and offered great tips and tricks for the voyage.
His boat is impeccable. He truly thinks of everything you need for a great day on the water. We had 10 people on his boat all day and had an absolute blast. We are already making plans to rent from Bud again!
I booked this boat for my girlfriend's 30th birthday celebration. There were 9 of us on board, and it was the perfect boat for the occasion. This was also my first Boatbound rental, and Bud made the whole process seamless and easy. He was very friendly and professional throughout the check in and check out processes and was very responsive to questions. This boat will definitely be my first choice the next time I'm in need of a boat of this type!
Bud was great, boat was everything we expected and more. Bud made sure I thoroughly understood everything in the boat, and was waiting patiently when we brought the boat back and helped bring it in. Will definitely try to rent from Bud again in the future!
The boat was in excellent shape and perfect for a party cruise. I had 11 teens on board for a 17th birthday party and cruised across Lake Union into Lake Washington for some swimming and more cruising. The iPhone aux connector lets you play your tunes on the boat speakers. We didn't have time to use the BBQ but nice that it was available. Speed limit along the canal all the way to Lake Washington is 7 kts but with a full boat don't plan on doing much more than 8 kts. Bud was very good at communication and coordinating. We met at the dock, where he showed me where to park, provided a cart for my gear, went through the checkout process, gave some tips, and guided the boat out. On the return I just texted him in advance and her was there waiting for me and helped guide the boat as I backed it in.
This was a great experience. The boat was very well kept. Bud was friendly and prompt in meeting us as the arranged time. Bud did an excellent job of walking me through the boat so I understood where everything was located. The boat handles well and is perfect for a small group of people to spend the day on the lake. We will be renting this boat from Bud again.
We had such a great time! Bud was very personable and helpful. The boat is awesome, roomy and comfortable and we loved having a little porta-potty as well as a grill on board. I would highly recommend this boat if you want to have a fantastic time on the water!
Bud was absolutely wonderful! Very patient with our group and was available by phone to answer any questions that came up while we were out on the lake. The boat is fantastic! Lot's of space, a little changing room, IPod/phone connector for music, a bbq and even a toilet. I will definitely be renting from Bud again.
It was a pleasure renting Bud's pontoon boat for a day. Bud was very friendly, responsive, and was very thorough in explaining everything about his boat.
The boat itself is roomy (even for 8 of us!), comfortable, and clearly well-maintained. We had a fantastic time spending all day on Lake Washington, and hope to do it again sometime. A++, would float again!
Bud was fantastic to work with he met me right at the marina walked me through all the operations and features of the boat. The Boat was just as described and worked great no problems at all. I would gladly rent from bud again and recommend that you do to.
I had an absolutely perfect experience renting from Bud! He was very thorough and prepared! Was very easy to communicate with and explained everything with ease. Boat was perfect for our day on the water! I would recommend him any day!! Thanks Bud. Hope to rent from you again!
This experience was awesome! Bud is a great guy who is really easy to work with! We had some issues with a tie rope causing some damage, but all is being taken care of and Bud is very transparent through the process! The boat was great! Even has a bathroom! It handled the rough lake Washington waters during seafair very well, You may get wet on this boat though! But that was our point any way! Great fun! Thanks Bud.
Bud was awesome to rent from! The Sun Chaser Pontoon was everything it was described to be and more- in excellent condition and all amenities were functioning. I would DEFINITELY rent from Bud again in the future. He was very prompt in responding to messages and meeting on time for departure and arrival. Overall a very seamless and excellent experience!
Thanks for the great day on the lake Bud! Our experience was first class, Bud was very responsive (within minutes) to our inquiries, he was also very flexible with the start and end times which made for an easy stress free excursion.
The boat is in great condition and well equipped with all the necessary gear, GPS, lifejackets, stereo...it even has bonus features like a mini-grill and pop-up changing room.
We cruised up the ship canal to Lake Washington (~40 mins) and moored in the cove at Seward Park for the day. A perfect day on the lake.