4.9/5 stars 140 reviews
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About John

“John has been enjoying water sports for over 40 years. He has the know how to make sure you have a great day on the water! ”

Aboard since 2014

From Bumpass, VA

Reviews of John (140)

  • Boat was as described and John explained operation. We had a great time and would rent with him again!

  • John was great to work with! The boat was awesome - we had a great time!! Would definitely rent again!

  • Great experience. I’m a first time boater. John was very patient and explained how to use. The boat was perfect for water sports. Will definitely use again the next time we go to Lake Anna.

  • Helpful and professional!

  • Super awesome boat day! Easy meet up! Thanks John!!

  • Fantastic experience, yet another successful Boston trip with John. If you are on Lake Anna look no further, you won't find better boats, friendlier attitude and knowledge than John's. Always a pleasure, will definitely be back

  • John was a great host again!

  • The boat ran well and was fully stocked with fun gear for my daughter's birthday celebration. John launched the boat at a convenient location on the lake and took me out for test ride before the party showed up to make sure everything was working perfectly.

  • Very smooth experience with John. Launch and pickup wwnt smoothly and the boat ran great.

  • Excellent host again! Highly recommended.

  • John was great again! Looking forward to the next one.

  • John was easy to work with. The boat worked great and the process was incredibly convenient. Looking forward to renting again next summer.

  • John was hospitable and flexible considering that our dock was too low for his boat. He worked out a solution and recommended a camp ground where we could dock the boat for a night and showed us how to operate the boat.

  • Good experience. The boat was on decent shape (motor ran well). John responded to questions in a timely manner and was willing to launch at a marina that was convenient for me. Would rent again from him!

  • Again, John was a great host! Looking forward to the next trip!

  • Nice guy! Quick to respond, knows his stuff and easy to work with!

  • Very charming and knowledgeable. He showed us how to properly operate the boat in a respectful and curtious manner. I intend to rent from him in the future.

  • Another great day on the water provided by John! This was our second time this summer and fourth time overall renting from John and every time has been a great experience.

  • The boat was great and John was terrific to work with. We took him up on his offer and had him coach and drive for a couple of hours. We'll definitely be heading back out again, soon!

  • Great boat and great service.

  • First time boatsetter experience. John knows boats and water sports.... great experience

  • Great boat and super easy to work with. Thank for the fun!!

  • We had a great time and John was the best! From start to end, John was extremely informative and so sweet! He got on the boat and showed us the ropes before we hit the water. Definitely recommend!

  • Great communication!

  • You couldn’t ask for a better experience than renting from John. The boat is top notch and John is as friendly and helpful as can be. John even took a few of us out and showed us the boat’s speed control setting, which was great. This is our third time renting from him and we plan to do so every summer.

  • Rent with John at your own risk. He made me wait about an hour without notifying me of the delay. He then was aggressive with me in front of my kids. Said we’d get wakeboarding equipment and then gave me an old pair of waterskis which were essentially useless. To top it all off, he withheld $100 to pay for a rope that he said I damaged. My first and last time renting from him. Recommend you look elsewhere for a Lake Anna boat rental.

  • John's boat is fantastic, comfortable and easy to ride. We enjoyed the sport equipment John provided, and we appreciated his instruction and advice how to operate the boat safely and to our enjoyment. We had a great day on the boat!

  • John was great and we look forward to renting from him again in a couple weeks. The boat is powerful and we had a blast wakeboarding and tubing.

  • Awesome time out on the Lake. Thanks John for coming through when the weather cleared up!

  • Great experience!!! John was very helpful and responsive. Can’t wait for our next trip to Lake Anna.

  • Awesome experience renting from John. He was communicative and friendly, thorough but expeditious! The boat was awesome cruising and towing and we played all day!

  • We had a great time and would do it again. John was flexible with our arrival and drop-off time and spent time teaching me the nuances of driving an inboard boat. The boat is in fair condition on the outside, but it runs really well and has plenty of speed & power. It was able to pull an adult male slalom skier, or 2 kids on a tube, or kneeboarder, etc with a boat full of people with no problem.

  • John was excellent as always, prompt, courteous and very friendly. Boat in great condition, no issues at all. Highly recommend to rent specifically from him on Lake Anna

  • John provided us with a great boat and the toys for a memorable day at Lake Anna.

    Thanks John.

  • Fun boat and easy drop off and delivery. We had a great day on the lake.

  • John was great, very helpful and k knowledgeable. I'll be renting from John again for sure

  • Great host!

  • We had a great time renting John’s boat. Perfect for water sports and cruising. It ran perfectly for us and we enjoyed our day on the lake.

  • John is so easy to work with. We had a great time again.

  • Great service by John!

  • John was super easy to deal with and the boat was just as he mentioned. Met us right on time and picked it back up from the marina. Also offered a tube for us to use. Went through everything very thoroughly prior to us launching. Highly recommend John and his boat.

  • This was our third summer renting with John and every year he has come through and delivered a great day of boating. We are trying to get one more day in this summer and will definitely be back next summer!

  • Once again, John and his boats do not disappoint! This is our third year renting from John and we will never use anyone else. Quality boats at reasonable pricing and outstanding customer service. John always goes above and beyond to ensure that you have the best experience possible.

  • John was excellent to deal with. The boat was awesome and made our week! We had a blast tubing and water skiing. Will always contact John when I need a boat!!!

  • John was awesome to work with. He made the process easy. We had a great day.

  • Great boat. Unreliable owner. The boat was great. We had no problems with it. It drove beautifully. The opportunity to use ski and rafting equipment was fantastic. Unfortunately, we did not have a good experience with the owner. He was very responsive when we first booked, then I didn’t hear from him again until 9:30pm the night before our rental despite the fact I called and messaged repeatedly. When he finally called he said he had broken him computer and he couldn’t give me a time we’d meet the next morning, but he promised to text me over night. That would have been fine, but he didn’t text so I had to follow up again in the morning. He said he’d meet us at 9:30. At 9:45, I texted to ask where he was, he didn’t respond till 10 saying he was running late but would be there in 20 more minutes. At 10:30 I called and he didn’t answer, but then ten minutes later he called back to say he didn’t know when he’d be there. He finally showed around 11. Then he was rude and unprofessional. He had a litany of reasons why he late. Then the first thing he said was “you can’t put this boat in shallow water or you’ll damage the prop and have to pay me $500”. We were pretty shocked because he says he rents in lake Anna all the time and the area we were in was very shallow! So we had to completely change where we stored the boat overnight which was so frustrating. If this was so important it was the first thing he said when he got out of the truck he should have mentioned it BEFORE I rented when I was asking him questions. He was so insistent about damaging the prop that I became concerned he was going to accuse of damage regardless (his profile also says he repairs boats) so I took pictures of the prop to be clear we caused no damage. I will say he was gracious and let us keep the boat late our second day which made up in my mind for the lateness the day before (though not the rudeness of the lack of communication which meant I was sitting at a dock waiting instead of socializing with my relatives) But when he picked up the boat we were again concerned he was trying to pull one over on damage. The prop was perfect ( we gain took pictures), but then he seemed to try to say we “bent the upholstery on a seat”, we pointed out that the seat had no support under it and collapsed and that we hadn’t caused the damage, the collapsing did (he also had provided no warning and our kids stepped on getting in and out of the boat, which was fine until he tried to say we messed it up). But he agreed it wasn’t our fault and everyone left.

  • John was great to work with - very flexible and friendly.

    The boat was terrific! Easy to handle with a few tips from John. The 5 of us had a fantastic day of tubing, kneeboarding, swimming, and cruising.

    For a day on Lake Anna, you can stop searching and just rent this boat!

  • Boat was awesome! Tons of power and kept us going for two straight days on the lake. John was very helpful and accommodating. Would definitely rent again!

  • Excellent service and a reliable boat that was everything we wanted. John took the time to ensure we were prepared to have fun, safely...and not being a boater we couldn’t have had a better experience. Thank you John!

  • This was our first time on Lake Anna and our first time renting a boat. John was a most gracious host and he made our day very enjoyable. He gave us lots of good advice and explanations about how to use the boat. It helped us have the best day possible. We will rent from John again. He even came back when we discovered we had left something on the boat after he left. Thank you John.

  • John was so easy to work with. We had an awesome day on the boat and will definitely be back!

  • John was awesome. Super friendly and accommodating and knowledgeable. And his boat was perfect for our family. He let us use his tube, skis, and wakeboard and we all had a blast. Couldn’t have had a better experience on the lake today. We’ll be back.

  • Awesome time on a very fun boat.
    John is great and was very accommodating on a short notice rental.

  • We rented John's boat for a family weekend on Lake Anna. The boat was as advertised and lots of fun. I would not hesitate to rent from John again. We had a last minute scheduling issue and John was very accommodating with our last minute scheduling change, which helped immensely with the logistics for our vacation. This boat was great for tubing, cruising, wakeboarding and all sorts of family fun.

  • My family really enjoyed the Malibu. The boat ran great, pulled tubes, Wake boarders, and surfers with ease. John was easy to work with. His communication was good, and prompt. Would definitely rent from again and try a different boat next time.

  • Excelent Host! Had a great time in the water. Thanks John!

  • John is great to work with, have rented both his boats and have future rentals booked.

  • Once again we had a blast with John's boat. We have rented from him a number of times and will continue to do so.

  • AMAZING!!! John was very friendly and helpful getting on the lake for Memorial Day weekend. There were 7 adults on the boat and we were very comfortable in the new interior seats. This boat kicks!!! We had a blast tubing And swimming for the day. We would 100% recommend this boat and will be back to Lake Anna!!

  • John was very helpful, and full of useful information. He was MORE THAN accommodating and super friendly and helpful! The boat was wonderful, had everything we needed and we had a blast! Absolutely no issues. Will book with him again soon!

  • Great day on the lake, boat was everything we expected and asked for. John was very responsive, helpful, and great to work with. Would definately recommend.

  • Awesome awesome service, flexibility, and knowledge.

    Thank you John, will come back!

  • Rented again from John. Boat as always ran perfectly. Out the entire day tubing, boarding and skiing. As always, John is a great host and will always us him for our summer fun days on the water. Great guy!

  • Great experience. John was a pleasure to rent from.

  • Great boat rental from John. Very easy to work with, highly recommend!!!

  • We rented the Malibu wake boat for the 2nd time. John has always been accommodating. The boat is showing its age but still runs fast. Overall, it was a good ride and a perfect day to be on the water.

  • The boat was great, and John was extremely flexible and helpful. We will definitely rent from him again.

  • Overall great experience with John. He was so accommodating and helpful with every aspect of renting his boat. Definitely will rent again. You’re lake time!!! Thx John

  • John was great to work with and it was really convenient that he lives close to Pleasants landing. We were able to just pick up the boats from a dock near his home and drive on the lake over to Pleasants landing to meet the rest of our group. Boat was great for pulling tubes and skiers.

  • John was great. He met us early and spent some time helping us get familiar with the boat. We were able to hold onto it for a little extra time in the evening as well once the water calmed down and was good for skiing. He's very responsive and easy to communicate with. I highly recommend him. The boat was excellent as well. Plenty of power and easy to operate.

  • Great boat! Great host!

  • Another great rental experience with John.

  • John is the man! We rented the boat for a day on the private side of the lake for wakeboarding and tubing... lets just say this boat didn't disappoint!! John was extremely helpful and walked us through every little detail of the boat and how it handles, even showed us some tips on how to easily dock it. We had an excellent day on the water and would recommend John to anyone whos looking to rent a boat on Lake Anna.

  • John was awesome, th e bostvran great and he was a pleasure to work with!

  • Great boat. John was easy to work with and we had a great time on the lake.

  • We really enjoyed our experience on John's boat. There were 7 of us, and we took out a tube, water skis, a wakeboard, and a kneeboard. We were nervous because we had very little experience driving a boat, but John showed us everything we needed. It was very easy to drive his boat, and the kids had a great time. John was very helpful, and even quickly came to retrieve us when a storm was coming in. I would highly recommend his boat. We will most likely return for another visit.

  • John was great to deal with. He was very responsive to my questions before I booked and great to deal with after i booked. The boat was an absolute blast for my family. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to rent a boat to rent through John. Thank you.

  • This was our second rental with John and again we had a fantastic experience. John was very accommodating, the boat ran great and we had an awesome time!

  • Wonderful experience! We had so much fun on the boat. John was really helpful with helping us select where we wanted to boat and providing us with tubes/waterskis/etc for the day! We can’t wait to rent from him again.

  • Second time renting from John. Boat is in perfect mechanical condition and works great. John provides you with tubes, wakeboards, kneeboard wake surfer, whatever you need to make a day on the water great.

  • John was very accommodating with our rental - we had a couple early issues that delayed the rental start, and he was flexible with extending the rental time accordingly. Additionally, when we were ready to bring it back, something popped up with which we needed assistance, and John went out of his way to make sure it was taken care of. The boat itself is really powerful and excellent for towing various water sports.

  • Excellent boat, and John is very helpful and informative! We've rented this boat before, and will do so again!

  • John was great to work with and was very accommodating. I'd rent from him again. My only ding on the review is for the maintenance of the boat. There were a number of things not working (radio, running lights, speedometer worked intermittently). The boat went out of commission for us for 1/2 a day and John was able to come out and troubleshoot and fix it to get us back running again and gave us some extra time with the boat to make up for our down time.

  • John is a pro. Great value on the boats and always good service. Can't beat the location, and value.

  • Very easy to work with.

  • John is the man!

  • So fun! Thank you for letting us borrow some of your gear as well!!!

  • John provided a great boat, extra time, awesome wakeboard, board and a helpful hand. He is available if you need him during your ride. He went the extra mile on a few things we needed that day. He is really professional and nice.

  • John is the best! He took our reservation at the last minute as a surprise for Father’s Day and even threw in all the fun gear at no additional cost. Our family laughed and smiled the whole day! We will definitely rent from him in the future! Top notch service and fantastic boat! Thanks John!

  • Great time, great boat! John was very friendly, helpful, and responsive!

  • This is the second year in a row we have rented from John. It was great once again.

  • John was great. Everything worked well. I'd rent from him again.

  • Cannot believe that I forgot to post a review last year about John and his boat....

    What an awesome experience from begin ing to end. John went out of his way to make sure we knew everything about his boat and that we had every water toy imaginable.

    The boat was exactly as described and performed well above our expectations.

    Will definitely be using John again!

    Phil Carolan

  • John was a superb Owner. Boat was in great condition and ran great. Very generous with equipment that comes with boat ( tubes, skis, boards). Accommodating with logistical arrangements and overall easy to rent from.

  • John provided yet again. his boats worked very well and provided lots of fun for me and the rest of my extended family. son and daughter Nieces and nephews, even a few aunts and uncles got out there on the tubes and wakeboard. we even got the wake surf going on the Malibu.

  • So happy I rented from John. Very helpful, knowledgeable and easy to communicate with. The weekend worked out great and John made me look like a genius for lining up this sick boat! Price was very fair especially since he through in 2 wakeboards, a tube, and surf board!

  • I've been renting from John for over 4 years, and I keep coming back. Thanks for making my weekend trips to Lake Anna awesome.

  • This is the second time I rented with John. I tell you - I rent boats through Boatsetter quite a lot and John is THE BEST and EASIEST owner to deal with. His boats are in a very good condition and made specifically for watersports. He is extremely accommodating and courteous. Looking to come back at least once again this season.

  • Our boat rental with John couldn't have gone better. He provided a great introduction to the boat and excellent instruction on the differences between piloting a stern drive and an inboard. He provided all of the water sports gear that enabled us to have a fabulous day on the lake.

    Thanks John!

  • With all the rain we had this summer, we had to reschedule multiple times. John was great to work with and very accommodating. We had our day on the water yesterday and it was great!!!

  • Great boat and service. John helped ensure we knew all the necessary details on the boat and brought us to his launch only a few minutes away. He also provided tips on where to ski/tube with the least amount of traffic. Looking forward to renting from him again!

  • Thanks John!

  • Fantastic experience....John was very accommodating to our large group.

  • John's Malibu I-Ride was the perfect boat rental for our weekend trip to Lake Anna. John was very accommodating, knowledgeable, helpful, and responsive. He dropped the boat off at our private slip that came with our rental house. He took time to go over the boat, but wasn't overbearing about it. He has a relaxed demeanor and just wants to make sure you enjoy yourself. He checked with me the day before to see what water toys we wanted to use (no additional charge). The boat has a few years, but ran flawlessly with plenty of power. I will absolutely rent this boat from John again and I'd recommend him to others. Happy boating!

  • Great experience! John was awesome and we had a lot of fun. Can't wait to do it again and we will definitely rent from John again!

  • John was great easy to reach nice boat our family had a blast.

  • John was very accommodating and easy to work with. His boat was fabulous. My family had a blast!!

  • We absolutely loved our experience with John…He has the perfect boats with everything that you need on the lake. He has the process down perfect… Show up, jump on the lake within minutes and when you’re done jump right back in your car and head home. This was our second time with John and we plan on a bunch more in the future.

  • John was outstanding to work with. He was prompt, organized, generous, and patient. The boat was everything we expected. All in all, it was a great transaction.
    We would definitely like to rent from him again.

  • Great boat! Strong engine, smooth ride. Excellent customer service. Thanks John!

  • Awesome experience with John! Communication through Boatsetter was great and link up was right on time. I would highly recommend John for any of your boating needs on Lake Anna! Thanks!!

  • We had a beautiful day wake boarding on Lake Anna in John's Ski boat. John was extremely helpful getting us out on the water without fuss and with all the gear we needed. His boat well maintained and ran like a dream. Will be back for more next time we're in the area.

  • we had a great experience renting two ski boats from john
    the boats ran great and he was a really good wake skiing instructor

  • Great boat. Got 2 single skiers up at once with 5 adults in boat. John was good

  • John was a pleasure to work with. He provided us a boat and unfortunately the boat had some issues. He responded to the house were staying at, realize the boat needed to be serviced and replaced the boat with a replacement boat. He provided us two wake board and a tub at no additional cost. I will be renting from John again next year. Thank you John!

  • John delivered the boat to the dock at our rental property and took some time to give us some recommendations on staying safe and having fun for a bunch of newbies. All the kids had a great time and we even got a few up on wakeboard. Great time on the lake!

  • John was easy to schedule with, he helped explain his boat, and he was flexible with both dropping in and pulling the boat out. His boat was fun and a good size for a group of 7 to enjoy a beautiful and fun day on Lake Anna. Would highly recommend John and his boats!

  • Great boat and great owner!! Rented John's boat for 5 days and had a fantastic time! John was extremely helpful and did a great job ensuring we had wonderful time. We would definitely rent from John again.

  • Rented Johns I-Ride Malibu boats again this past weekend. Everything on the boat worked very well and the boat really runs good. We had an incident with the pull toy rope which got caught in the prop and John and his sons came out to our location to remove the rope and get us back up and running again. I cant say enough about John and his very pleasant demeanor and the quality of his boats. We will certainly go out again this year before the summer is out on another one of his rides. Always a great time on the water. Thanks John

  • John provided everything we needed for a fabulous fathers day on the lake. The Cyclone tow boat is in top condition and we had all necessary equipment to enjoy the beautiful day. Our kids really enjoyed their first time on Lake Anna. We will definitely be back again for more water sports and fun floating on the lake. ~mike

  • Really great renting from John! Hoping to do it again this coming summer!

  • Great boat, John was very accommodating, highly recommend

  • John's boat ran as advertised, was in good shape, and we had no issues. Since we were familiar with the lake in another area, John delivered the boat to the ramp of our choosing. Very positive experience and we plan on renting from John next summer.

  • Great experience! John was more than accommodating during drop off, pickup, and throughout entire process. He provided everything we needed for a great weekend on the lake. Will definitely be using his services again when we return.
    Awesome job, John.
    Thanks again!

  • John was easy to work with and boat ran great. Would rent it again from John if I don't end up buying something to fill our need.

  • John was great and very responsive to all questions and needs. I will certainly book with him again next time.

  • I had the pleasure of meeting up with John last weekend and rented his Malibu I Ride wakeboard boat.

    I have to say John is a very accommodating individual. He provided the boat fully fueled along with boards, ropes and anything else we needed for a fun filled day on the water. I requested the North Anna side due to the lower air temps this time of year and John was very happy to oblige. Water on warm side was 99 degrees new the plant and 95 degrees at the opposite end so skiing and boarding was perfect.

    The boat ran perfectly, never missed a beat, started every time and we had zero issue with anything John had provided. Launching and taking out was a breeze and John did everything he could to ensure the family had a great time on the water. I cant say enough about the whole experience.

    We will CERTAINLY use John and his fleet of boats again in the near future. Thanks again John for a perfect weekend.


  • John is awesome and we had an incredible time! So glad I rented a boat from him!!

  • I messaged John requesting to book his Malibu I-ride for a surprise birthday gift for my boyfriend (his birthday was 2 days after Labor Day). It was a really short notice, which was less than 2 weeks, but John still approved my request. As the day was coming closer, I kept monitoring the ever-changing weather forecast predicting thunderstorm on the day of the boat rental. Worried as I was on the night prior to the rental day, I sent a message to John asking if there is another option I can take in case the thunderstorm comes. Honestly, I was not expecting him to respond or give me options because of the less than 24-hour of request. John was prompt to respond to my message, even in the beginning, and very considerate to give me an option to cancel the rental and move it to another day. He even told me to wait until the next morning to check the weather and let him know if I decide to continue renting his boat that day. I was very glad that I waited until the next morning because it turned out to be the most wonderful day to be out in the Lake using John’s boat. My boyfriend was delighted and very much enjoyed his surprise birthday gift after 6 years of not being able to go on a boat and do watersports. There was nobody else in the lake aside from 3 jet skis that passed by. It was a perfect day to wake board and cruise around without worrying other boats or people in the water. Additionally, John provided us watersports equipment we needed with no charge: tubes, skis, and wakeboards. He even helped us dock the boat. The Malibu I-ride is obviously not brand-new but it was clean, well-taken care of, and runs really well. It was my first time renting a boat from a stranger but I was very satisfied to the boat and the service that was provided by John. Considerably, he is a good man and very considerate to one’s needs and worries. My boyfriend and I assured him that we will be returning customers. I most definitely recommend to everyone who would like to spend a romantic day, a sporty day, a birthday, or even just a regular day in Lake Anna to rent a boat/boats from John. He will do the best he can to make your time worthwhile.

  • John has a great selection of wakeboard boats and equipment to go with it. He was great to coordinate with for pickup and dropoff. Definitely recommend.

  • The I ride was excellent - lot of speed and good maneuvers. John was great. He helped launch the boat and told us where to go on the private side of Lake Anna. I would recommend him and this boat without any hesitation !!

  • this rental was a great experience. the boat was excellent. perfect for the 5 days of water sports.

    john made it very easy for us with the drop off and pick up. if we had any questions or issues with the boat he was very accessible and ready to assist. i couldn't recommend renting from John any more... lf you are going to lake Anna, definitely get a boat from him.

  • John was fantastic, arranging to launch the boat where it was most convenient for us.

    We had a problem of our doing. With an inboard, steering is more like a Waverunner than like an outboard motor, it only steers when the motor is running. When picking up a skier, we ran over the rope with the motor off. Not thinking about the motor, we had to advance slowly to steer and ended up winding the rope around the propeller. We needed to cut the rope away from the propeller which is not easy with an inboard motor.

  • Our entire experience was awesome! John made sure that the boat was ready to run, he helped to make sure we understood everything, and he even supplied us with some "water toys" to help round out our great week! Overall, this was an awesome rental for our trip, and we can't wait to do this all over again!

  • What a great day.! John was a pleasure to deal with and the boat was super. He even installed the Bimini top to help keep the son off my wife who had just had precancerous cells removed. The listing says max of 6 pax , but the boat is rated for more. Our 7 (all 18+) were very comfortable. John has all the water toys you'd ever need and offered to give pointers to anyone who needed them. This was our first time at Lake Anna and I can't wait to go back. The "warm side" made getting in and out of the water no issue at all.

  • John's Malibu wake boat was an great time. The stereo system was excellent, the boat ran perfect with 5 people and gear and the lake was a blast. I look forward to renting John's boat again!

  • John''s Malibu is a great boat. Perfect for groups of mixed interests. Great ski boat for slalom and works great with the wedge down for wakeboarders.