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About Robert

“I had the good fortune to be raised on the shores of Puget Sound north of Tacoma. As a child, we had row boats, a ski boat, and a 16-foot sailboat. In recent years, we've owned three sailboats, starting with a Cal 20', then a Catalina 25, and now our Catalina 30. We have lots of other interests, such as hiking, biking, and taking photographs, so Emma Lee spends too much time in the slip. We're hoping that by being able to charter her, she will provide the same-level of joy that she provides us.”

Aboard since 2016

From Olympia, WA

Reviews of Robert (41)

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Oct. 19th

    Everything was amazing. Couldn't have had a better day on the water.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Sep. 03rd

    Had a great time. Captain Bob and his boat are the best!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Sep. 04th

    Chartered the Emma Lee for a long 3-day holiday weekend with my family. I am deeply grateful for boat owners like Bob who place their vessels up for rental so that others may also experience the joys of boating. The Emma Lee and her owner took exceptionally great care of us and were very accommodating in every way. I have no doubt my children will remember our adventures aboard her for the rest of their lives—I will. Looking forward to booking more time aboard the Emma Lee!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 24th

    Captain Bob is great! We wanted to experience actually sailing the boat. He calmly explained how to maneuver it and let us have the kinesthetic experience we desired. He helped us feel relaxed and comfortable, thus we had a fabulous day.. I will definitely recommend him!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 05th

    Emma Lee is a great boat and has been well cared for. My wife and I along with a friend took her on a 6 day journey on the South Sound exploring all the way up through The Narrows and back to Hope Island. We had a stop at Eagle Island and docked in Gig Harbor and Point Defiance. The boat was very clean and reliable. The sails looked new and we got good wind and were able to sail a few of the days. Bob also provided a couple kayaks. Everything on the boat from the grill to the autopilot worked well during the trip. Bob was very responsive in communication and we would certainly rent this boat again to go on another adventure.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    May. 08th

    Robert was a kind, calm, knowledgeable captain on our 4 hour charter on Saturday. I learned a lot about sailing and gained confidence on his Catalina 30. Our charter this fall will be a positive experience because of his expert instructions and resources. Captain Bob is a talented teacher and sailor. Highly recommend, 5 stars!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Apr. 08th

    Great boat, great captain. Highly recommended

  • Captain Bob was great to work with. He was very helpful walking us through the boat and helping us make a plan so that we would enjoy our time out on the water. He's got a wonderful boat, we'd definitely sail with him again!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Oct. 17th

    This Catalina was a great boat for our trip. Due to weather we weren't able to sail as much as hoped, but the engine was strong and dependable. When sailing the boat handled well even in winds over 20 knots. The cabin is great with a stocked galley and comfortable bedding. All systems worked well. This was our first time in a Catalina and I certainly would recommend it.

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  • Robert I couldn't ask for a better co- conspirator for the surprise senset birthday celebration for Myron!! From the accommodation for pre boarding decoration planning committee with balloons banner and party hats to accomplish and make the big surprise a first of the terrific memories of the day!!
    I couldn't have ordered a more perfect day or boating experience for a celebration with a more pleasant host to share a special event.
    From cast off, to seal site seeking enjoying the sun in addition our sharing local experiences and sailing knowledge to handing the birthday boy...Myron the captain's wheel...was definitely an unexpected highlight of the sunset dinner surprise!!
    We have already talked about booking again and soon for the full day!!
    Thank you again Robert for making it a rare 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ star surprise which Myron says is rare and a so awesome memorable birthday!!!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Oct. 07th

    We had an excellent trip around Squaxin Island in South Puget sound. The weather was overcast, but not raining. We powered the sailboat most of the way. Captain Robert pointed out the many bays, inlets and peninsulas as they passed. When the wind improved, he instructed the 30 year olds on how to sail. I most enjoyed the sound's natural beauty and occasional sightings of seals, herons and even a porpoise.

  • Robert was very professional. His boat is in great shape and was well equipped.

    He is also very responsive.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 30th

    My first “peer to peer” sailboat rental experience, first Boatsetter rental, and first rental from Robert, so Robert was ultimately the first and last line of support for the details/boat, website usability/customer service and my overall satisfaction with trying this way to get out on the water. Literally no other human involved that I could figure, and he did it flawlessly.

    I’m a life long sailor and was after a day I (and my wife) could plan quickly and get on a clean, well performing sailboat to take my grandson and family out and get some local daysail/recreation flavor of Olympia area.

    Robert picked right up on what I was after, wasted none of my time, guided me through the very easy steps of finalizing the booking, had perfect idea to anchor off Hope island and go ashore for a short hike/explore and some kayaking.

    Motored out in no wind, but wind picked up nicely for great afternoon of sailing after the island stop. Robert gave me perfect advice on achoring and rowing/kayaking ashore to hike around.

    Hope island is I think a state park and we saw deer roaming around and what was once a working orchard and farm with hiking trails all through the woods. My grandson was in heaven.

    Robert has his Catalina 30 kept absolutely ship shape. Both the creature comforts like the propane grill, cockpit table, stern rail seats as well as the boats saftey and performance stuff was totally top notch. Nice new diesel he told me he recently upgraded starts on a dime, quietly pushes boat along at 5.5 knots at under 3000 revs and I’m sure would take it right up to hull speed in about any weather if you needed it.

    Sails great with hardly any weather helm, trimmed properly. Halyards, sheets, winches, blocks, clutches etc all in near new condition, layed out very sensibly and well labeled for a first time skipper or crew member of the boat.

    I didn’t do much technical navigation, but electronics were all top shelf and working perfectly- large easy to see chart plotter display right above compass binnacle at helmstation for course, depth, speed, and a multi function easy to use wind instrument mounted to cabin bulkhead facing aft. I had never used either instrument but using them was a piece of cake and they worked great.

    Nice easy close parking to the dock, clean bathrooms on shore and head on boat also clean and in perfect working order.

    I know I’m probably forgetting some details of the experience that I’m now starting to ramble on about, but speaking for myself, my wife, my daughter and my son in law, all of us were completely satisfied with the day and encourage anyone wanting to get out for some great sailing and southern Puget sound exploring to book a trip with Robert without the slightest worry the experience will be handled super professionally, and know the boat is just as advertised, super clean and rock solid.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 13th

    We had the pleasure of renting Bob's Catalina 30 for three and a half days of incredible exploration of the South Puget Sound. From the very beginning, Bob was a great boat owner, making sure we were in contact and ready for our trip. He reached out early and had great feedback on our proposed route.

    Checking in was a breeze, and Bob had us on our way in less than an hour. He was also gracious enough to have a welcome bag with local coffee, beers and wine for us to enjoy. Bob was also available to us for our entire trip in case anything came up.

    The boat layout was perfect for our time. We took five pages of notes on things we'll be doing on our own Catalina 30. The mechanical systems were problem-free, and the electronics and navigation systems made for a hassle-free cruise. Down below, the galley, salon and head made living very comfortable. The two kayaks that Bob offered allowed us to explore the various coves where we stayed.

    South Puget Sound is a great alternative to the busier San Juan Islands, and Bob's Catalina 30 is a great way to see it. I highly recommend this to anyone.

  • Bob was great! He was very accommodating for our family of five, and was quick to respond to texts and emails.
    His boat is well-equipped, and in fantastic condition. We had a lovely three days onboard, and look forward to doing it again, sometime soon.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 13th

    Robert was a great owner to to rent from, responsive, reasonable.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    May. 06th

    We had a wonderful experience on Bob’s boat. The boat is in exceptional condition and outfitted for any type of sailing you want to do. Doing business with Bob is also a pleasure and I highly recommend him and his boat. I cannot wait to return to the area and sail this boat again.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Sep. 07th

    Robert was a wonderful captain for my family (and our little yorkshire terrier, too). My favorite part of the trip was learning the terminology of sailing and helping crew. I feel like I learned a lot since I hadn't been on a sailboat in over 20+ years. My husband had a chance to skipper and we were all smiles. We had a lot of fun and even stayed overnight at the Marina which was a memorable and fun part of our adventure.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Sep. 15th

    Perfect Puget Sound sailboat. Boat is amazing, owner is amazing.

  • It was a fun day of sailing for our family of 6. Truly a wonderful experience. Thank you for a memorable afternoon Bob!

  • Terrific experience! Emma Lee is lovely, well maintained, extremely well appointed, and a pleasure to motor or sail. Sailing is all about the details and Bob & Emma Lee took care of everything; the boat had everything it should have (and then some) and we only needed to bring groceries and clothes. Bob met us at the marina on departure with fresh towels and linens, gave a great overview, made sure we had fluids, and was full of local knowledge about where to go when. He met us on the return and had us on our way quickly. A true pleasure.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Sep. 01st

    Most excellent boat, host, port et al. Thank you Robert for making us feel completely comfortable at helm.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    May. 04th

    We had an amazing time on the boat. We were looking to try out sleeping on a boat, kind of a trial before we looked into getting a boat for ourselves. Knowing this Robert was extremely accommodating exchanging many messages and even rescheduling to a different day when the original scheduled day’s weather was going to make it a bumpy night. When the day of the rental finally came Robert helped get us all set for the night and gave us a great suggestion to explore Hope Island the next day. Over all the boat was really nice, clean, comfortable, and Robert was very patient (many messages). Our experience couldn't have been better. It was such a great experience we just got our new to us sailboat in the water last weekend.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 20th

    Had a great time! Great boat in great condition, would do it again.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 18th

    Captain Bob was great! Great boat too! My wife and I chartered for a whole day with Captain Bob as the skipper. We also brought our two girls, ages 6 and 4. Bob was really great with the kids and made it comfortable and inclusive from the very beginning. We really enjoyed our adventure and it was a great and affordable way to introduce my family to sailing and boating. We definitely recommend!

  • We rented this sail boat for our friend’s 30th birthday and we had a blast! The boat was in good shape with plenty of room to hang out above or below deck. There is seating and a table in the cabin, a cooler, and even a stove/oven to cook with. Bob, the captain, was incredibly hospitable and gave great instructions on how to sail the boat. We each got to take turns steering and operating the sails. The interactive approach Bob takes really made this a great adventure and one we will soon repeat! I highly recommend Bob and his sail boat, even if you have zero experience on a boat, you will have fun! Can’t wait to go again!

  • We rented Emma Lee for two days and one night and found Bob to be a great host, very friendly and accommodating. His Catalina 30 is a fine ship and in great condition, she has everything you’ll need and all equipment was operational!

    We had 5 onboard during the day and 3 stayed for the overnight, we had plenty of room for us and our stuff.

    Looking forward to renting from Bob again.

  • Bob had a very well equipped boat with all the navigation and safety equipment you could need. The boat is in great condition, and it really is perfect for Puget Sound. We had a great time sailing to Gig Harbor. We stayed overnight and sailed back the next day. We hope to rent this boat again next year.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Sep. 19th

    This boat and owner are tops! Bob was very helpful, answered all questions promptly, and was willing to work with us on meeting times and supplies. He also provided excellent information about boating destinations and overnight docking. We rate the sailboat as superb--it was exactly as advertised, in excellent condition, had everything we could want on board and more...and was even more spacious "down below" than we expected. Our trip was wonderful and we highly recommend Bob and his boat.

  • Robert was very helpful and his boat is well maintained and just fantastic! Despite calm winds, we were able to sail in the vicinity and really enjoyed our time.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 29th

    Robert was a great renter, and his Catalina 30 was a beautiful boat that was in excellent shape. We had a wonderful sailing experience. Also, the marina was in a nice, easy-to-find location, and lower Puget Sound was great for sailing and exploration. I highly recommend renting Robert's Catalina 30!

  • My wife and I had an amazing experience. Robert had everything ready to go and was more than helpful with planning the trip. The boat is really well equipped and sails beautifully. I would definitely recommend try this out if you like sailing!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 06th

    We had a great time and as a family of 5 the boat had plenty of space. It is in excellent condition and very well maintained. Bob was extremely helpful, well organized and professional. The kayaks and tender were a very nice bonus. We would absolutely recommend the boat and its owner.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jun. 29th

    We had a great time on the Emma Lee. The boat is well equipped and maintained, better than other charter boats I have been on. Sails are in great shape since they are only 5 years old. Bob was easy to work with, a prompt communicator and interested that we had a good time. This was our first time in the South Sound and found plenty of interesting places to explore. - Steve

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Oct. 29th

    Great experience overall, pet friendly, sad we did not have enough wind.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 05th

    Bob was extremely easy to work with and I will request to sail aboard his nicely appointed Catalina 30 again. My wife and our son and daughter-in-law enjoyed cruising up to Bainbridge and back to Olympia over the weekend. Bob did a great job of communicating with me when I had questions about where to eat and places to avoid and moorage. Great time and I would definitely recommend leasing from Bob!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 01st

    We spent a day sailing in southern Puget Sound aboard the Emma Lee and had a great time. The boat is in extremely good condition and well equipped for a day or a week. Robert was more than helpful with information on local attractions and sailing conditions. We especially appreciated his flexibility with scheduling and his attention to detail during the boat check out. We'll charter this boat again the next time we are in Olympia.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jun. 24th

    We just got back from two wonderful days on the the South Puget Sound aboard Emma Lee.

    The views were spectacular, we enjoyed the wildlife, both on and off shore, and took advantage of the opportunity to hike through the woods in two of the local State parks. The boat was clean and well appointed, the check out at the dock was smooth and efficient, and the boat handled well in a variety of conditions.

    Bob was responsive and accommodating, providing kayaks and a dingy. He also had great suggestions about crushing destinations and routes of passage.

    I can highly recommend this boat and would not hesitate to book her again.


  • My wife and I rented Bob's boat this past weekend. Bob met us at the boat and went above and beyond to ensure we had everything we needed. We spent 4 days exploring the South Sound. The boat was well equipped. We spent the days exploring the various islands, kayaking, and cooking on board for all meals. It was a great experience and we are already planning our next trip on Bob's beautiful sailboat!