What can I say? Hilbert is awesome and so is the boat. It completely made our family's vacation to rent this boat. It gave us access to places we could've never made it to without it. First of all the boat is in excellent shape and perfect for getting around the Beaufort/Atlantic Beach/Cape Lookout area. The low draft made it easy to avoid the low ("skinny") water prevalent in the area and the on-board GPS/fish finder was not only helpful but I would suggest a must-have. I would not rent a boat in this area without it!! The 90 HP motor is quiet and smooth running and sips fuel. There is a USB port for charging phones and a AUX jack or Bluetooth for connecting to the sound system, which we enjoyed greatly. We had four adults and four kids on the boat and it was very comfortable. Even with this many people we still had room for two coolers in addition to the one that comes with the boat. There was also plenty of room for storing chairs, towels, suntan lotion, and other beach paraphernalia without feeling cramped. Oh, and i almost forgot we also had four fishing rods and tackle. As for Hilbert the owner, we could not have asked for a better person to rent from. Hilbert was very thorough in going over everything we needed to know about the boat and the area, but was also not overbearing. He stood by his word on everything he told us, basically telling us what he was going to do then making sure he did it. He was always on the spot for delivering and taking the boat out of the water and was even astute enough to warn us of a storm coming in when we would've missed it otherwise. On another day (we rented it for four days) we were worried about the weather, called Hilbert, who looked at the radar and advised us we should stay where we were and that the storm should miss us. He was dead on and had we not done this or had that advice we would've went back in when we did not need to. One other thing to know about Hilbert is that he also owns a bike/scooter rental shop in Atlantic Beach so if you need either of those things you can "kill two birds with one stone" and get both from him. Great guy to rent from! Regarding the general area, it is absolutely beautiful and ESSENTIAL to get a boat if you really want to see the area and do all that is available. Otherwise you are stuck with the tour guide destinations (which are not bad, just limited). Some great suggestions we tried from Hilbert: Shackleford Banks. Here we were able to visit sections where the tour guides do not take you. In one spot we anchored and were able to walk across the island in about a five minute walk to the Atlantic side. Once there our family was literally the only ones on the beach as far as the eye could see in each direction. Beautiful shells and awesome waves. Cape Lookout: We were able, due to calm weather, to take the boat to the southwest side and anchor. From there the kids could walk out to Cape Lookout point where really few people walk to from Cape Lookout due to the distance. Great shelling, beautiful scenery. Had the weather been different we could've anchored longer in Cape Lookout Harbor and went to the beach there instead. Ruddy Duck, Morehead City. We had a nice time pulling the boat up here and grabbing a beer and snacks! McCurdy's, Atlantic City. Another fun place to pull up the boat and get drinks/snacks/dinner. All in all, we really had a great time and can't say enough about Hilbert and the boat. Very happy we found both and would surely use in the future!!
Everything worked out fine except a nice fish that didn't make it in the boat. Nice day on the water - very convenient and accommodating.
It was a pleasure to meet Joe and his family. We were immediately comfortable with his boating knowledge and experience. He was respectful of the boat and checked in with us regularly on weather conditions. We would recommend Joe for any Boatbound owners and we hope to see them again next year!
Brent is an extremely responsive "boatbounder". Not only was he extremely accommodating to my families scheduling needs, but he even took the time to leave work and personally introduce himself. Brent's boat is perfect for an outing on the water whether you've been boating for years or it's your very fist time. I certainly cannot wait to get back out on the water and I would recommend Brent to all.
Gaston was a great renter - punctual, good communication and responsible. We had a bit of a mix up in terms of stating times and he was very good natured about it. Boat came back on time and in good condition - I would be happy to rent to him and his family again.
My business partner and I came to Mike with an odd request . . . .take us out in the Harbor to shoot a promo piece while we were in a kayak. Not only did Mike not bat an eye, but he jumped to our aide by providing the kayak, a boat to take us and tow the kayak AND a shooter for the piece. He went above and beyond for us and I got the feeling that above and beyond is his nature. It was truly an adventure. And a successful one thanks to Mike.