James J

5.0/5 stars 26 reviews
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About James J

“Boat Enthusiasts that loves Chicago Summers and enjoying it out on the water. Look forward to sharing a day out on the lake with you and your group to enjoy the Chicago from the east side of Lake Shore Drive!”


Aboard since 2016

From Schiller Park, IL

Reviews of James J (26)


  • I booked James’ boat for a bachelorette party with 11 women. We had an amazing time! It was the highlight of the weekend. James was super accommodating and easy to work with. He kept in communication with me leading up to the event to ensure that everything went smoothly and we had the best possible day on the water. He was super easy to talk to and made all of the girls feel very comfortable. I would definitely book with James again!


  • I booked this boat day for a bachelorette party and it was the best part of our 4 day vacation. James was so nice and accommodating from the moment I booked. He was very helpful with any questions or concerns I had and everything ran perfectly! The boat itself was beautiful, great size and was exactly what the bachelorette wanted. James is so prepared on his boat for anything! He helped us play music, with hanging decor and even filling up our floats. He also has a giant raft that everyone could fit on - it was awesome. I plan to go back to Chicago and when I do I will definitely be taking another ride on his boat! Thanks James for everything :)


  • 10/10. Could not have went better. Chartered James for my fiance’s bacherlorette party and they had an amazing time. Above and beyond.


  • Awesome time with James! Fantastic boat and superb service.


  • James took us out on his boat for my bachelorette party this past weekend! He was a great captain!!! He definitely helped make our experience both fun and safe. His boat was super clean when we boarded and he was very helpful and communicative when we were trying to find his boat. My whole group of girls highly recommends booking with James!


  • We rented a boat with James for the 4th. He was great! He was very prompt in responding and showed us a great time. The boat is big and clean, and the best part is that he has this massive inflatable raft that we were able to lounge in. He brought us to this popular cove, scoped our a great spot to anchor and we were able to enjoy the afternoon on Lake Michigan. I would absolutely consider renting with him again.


  • James was super helpful and we had an awesome time!


  • Great guy for a great day!


  • We had a fantastic trip with James on his very nice and very clean boat. James was very accommodating for our large group and helped us load and unload from the boat. I would highly recommend booking this boat!


  • We had such a blast on James' boat! He was a great captain and fun host! I would highly recommend his boat!


  • James was wonderful and very accommodating! He made the day very enjoyable. The boat itself was perfect as well! Highly recommend.


  • What a great charter! The boat was huge, full of space! It was also a very clean charter, I enjoyed it. It ran great, and did the job for my group and I. James is an amazing timely boat owner, go with him! Thanks James!


  • We had such a FUN time! Our bachelorette party weekend was amazing and the day on the boat made it so memorable for everyone attending. James was the perfect captain. There was a lot of good communication before the event (which put us all at ease). He was very accommodating and helpful during the entire day with all of our specific needs. He really was making sure we all were having a good time. I would DEFINITELY recommend him for a future event.


  • James made our day absolutely perfect. The boat was clean, well-equipped and ready to go when we arrived. He took us wherever we wanted to go -- down the Chicago river, speeding up the Lake Shore, relaxing on his super, 10-person-raft and floating mat in the Playpen. My only regret is that the time went way too fast! We'll definitely book with James again!


  • We had THE best time on Saturday celebrating our bachelorette aboard FWP! James had excellent communication throughout the whole process and was the absolute best host/captain (the boat is AMAZING)! Seriously cannot say enough great things about our day on the lake! 10/10 definitely recommend chartering with James! Thanks for an awesome day!


  • James is an exceptional captain and has an gorgeous yacht. He was very helpful providing recommendations for our group of 9 and executing the plan. His large inflatable raft was a plus but the prestine boat was the highlight. Without a doubt we’ll be renting with him again in the future!


  • James was a great host! Very helpful in providing directions on how to find the boat and very accommodating. He helped us load the boat and blew up his raft for us to enjoy. I highly recommend a trip out on the water with James! We will book again! Thanks!


  • Great boat. Great captain. Great day. I booked this boat for a group of 12 friends to celebrate my 28th birthday. I was hoping for a chill day with plenty of drinks. It could not have been more perfect! James was accommodating and informative from the start to end - he made the entire process a breeze. Also, his 10-person raft is crazy fun for chilling in the playpen!! Even my friends that are terrified of open water were able to cool off in the lake because the raft has a light bottom that lets you float while in the water. I would definitely book with James again!


  • Rented James’ boat for my cousin’s bachelorette weekend. We had the most amazing time! James was extremely hospitable and made sure we had a great time on the lake. I would definitely use him again! Highly recommend!


  • This was such a great day! The boat is gorgeous, shiny and clean. James is a friendly and hospitable Captain. My friends I will definitely all be contacting James again this summer for another day out on the lake! Honestly can’t complain about anything.


  • Hosted a bachelorette party on James's boat - we had a blast! He was very accommodating and easy to work with. We hung out in the playpen for the day, he had a large raft which was perfect for our group to float on for the day. I would definitely book again. Thanks James!


  • We had the best experience with James as our captain. We had 12 people and the boat fit us perfectly. He had everything we ever needed, including a huge 10 person raft which was great. James was very responsive when we had any questions prior to our trip and was extremely helpful and fun during our charter. We couldn't have asked for a better experience!


  • James was great, I would highly recommend him! We had a great time! He has a 12 person raft that was awesome!


  • My group of 11 had a great time on the boat for our half day rental. We had captain Paul and he was very helpful the entire time and superb at navigating the choppy waters. There was an 8+ person raft that was perfect for the group to just hang out in the water. James also quickly answered my questions before and after booking the boat. Absolutely recommend!


  • We rented the boat on 7/1 for my husband's 30th Birthday and had the best day. James was very responsive from our initial conversations and he had the boat ready to go with ice and coolers, a large float that could fit our whole group and an aux. cord to play music from our phones. We were running a little late due to traffic and he was very patient with us and even extended our time out on the lake. I would absolutely rent with James again- everyone had a great time!


  • Can't say enough good things about Captain James and his boat. From the beginning he was super responsive and answered all of our questions. We went out with a group of 11 people to the play pen and he supplied three coolers, ice, a huge waterproof speaker and a raft that could fit our entire group. We couldn't have asked for a better day, and Captain James made it possible. Super friendly, wouldn't hesitate to use him and his boat again. Highly recommended!