“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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.