“We are a family that loves the PNW and the outdoors.”
Aboard since 2016
From Seattle, WA
We had a great day out on James and Heather's boat. James met us and went over all of the features and safety precautions, provided us with towels, and life jackets. It was an easy and enjoyable experience renting from them.
James was great to work with! The boat was fantastic, clean, and easy to drive. It was a last minute booking after a different reservation was canceled. The docking was a bit tricky to navigate but the boat handled wonderfully.
James & Heather were great.... James takes the time to make sure you understand all the functions of the Boat.
then he gives you a few suggestions based on what your itinerary is going to be on the water...
The day was fantastic... boat performed as promised... and very well maintained.... Will revisit this rental....
Dennis & Timi
I rarely write a review but I have to let everyone know how wonderful James and Heather are, very unique. They cared about our boating experience and did everything they could to make our day perfect. The boat was perfect for my family and we could not have asked for better hosts. Highly recommend this rental!!!
I highly recommend James and his boat for a great rental experience. James was very professional throughout the entire process. We had 7 adults and there was plenty of room for everyone to get comfortable. The ladies loved having the flushing head on board. I added this boat to my favorites list because I plan on renting it again.
Family vacation in Seattle....with the heat wave decided to rent a boat and spend the day on the lake. Fantastic time was had by all. Boat was fantastic, had everything we needed. Communication with James and Heather was easy and all went well. Would definitely rent it again!!!
Great experience, would definitely rent from James again. He was very thorough and went through all aspects ahead of us setting off for our adventure. The boat was easy to get the hang of and cruising on Lake Washington was fantastic. We went all the way up to Kirkland, stopping for a few swims en route. James was available by text throughout and met us promptly upon our return. Check in and check out was easy. Highly recommended!
James was great! Met promptly at the dock and made sure to go over everything in detail and everyone on -board appreciated a lot of the little extras they include on the boat to ensure anyone who rents has a fun time! We spotted Eagles in Kirkland, cruised Lake Union and toured around mercer island all with ease on this boat.
As indicated in other reviews, James was very organized, communicated well and made the entire experience perfect for our family. The boat is in great condition and well equipped with everything needed for a family of 8. Looking forward to renting again in the near future.
We had an absolutely great day on James boat! James was very responsive, accommodated our schedule very well, and had the boat ready for our arrival. He went over everything we needed to know in great detail and was right there when we had a question. We look forward to our next trip with James and recommend using him in the future!
John & Michelle
In the early stages of the rental process there were a few undocumented/hidden charges that were entirely BoatBound's fault. James took the time to go above and beyond to help me contact the right person at BoatBound to fix this problem even though it was no fault of his. I considered this extremely valuable customer service on his part and the number one reason we went ahead on renting his boat. I did have several years of boating experience in other parts of the country, but this was the first time boating in the Seattle area. James was extremely helpful answering a few navigational and geographical questions to insure a great day on the water. His boat was in excellent condition and as a past boat owner, I could tell he took great pride in keeping it that way. He met me at the marina at the agreed upon time and conducted a complete walk through on all the operational aspects of his boat. My entire group was very impressed and extremely happy with what James made possible for us to have a memorable day! I will definitely rent his boat again on future trips to Seattle. THANK YOU JAMES!!!
James was great with teaching us how to use the boat for the first time. He gave a thorough orientation. He also accommodated our volatile timeline. Overall we loved the boat and had so much fun. And we would highly recommend it.
The weather wasn't ideal, but the boat rental was perfect. Our first BB rental had me a little nervous to say the least. James has everything dialed on his boat and put us right at ease. Orientation is clear, concise and backed up with a hard copy below-deck. We can't wait to try again on a warmer day!
James was a great host and gave detailed instructions on how everything operates on the boat. He also provides a detailed step by step instruction guide that is left on the boat in the event you forget something. I had myself and 7 guests on the boat and it was very spacious. Overall a great experience and I would certainly take out the boat again.
I can't imagine a better way to experience the Seattle area than on James' boat. It is perfectly located in Eastlake, walking distance from a small market that was perfect for stocking up on ice, drinks and snacks for our day on the lake. We landed in Seattle and were at the marina in less than 30 minutes. After a short orientation with James, who was incredibly helpful, we spent the on Lake Union and Lake Washington, hopping from marina to marina, docking at a couple lakeside restaurants, and ending the evening with a concert in Gas Works Park that we watched from the water as the sun set. Amazing experience, and our group was adamant that we would not be returning to Seattle without a repeat with James and Heather's boat. Thanks again for the awesome day.
I rented Birdie Num Nums for a friend's 30th birthday. It was a perfect boat to cruise around lake Washington & Union with 8 people. We stopped by Mercer Island, Medina, Cozy Cove, Husky Stadium, Gasworks Park, Morrison's Fuel Dock, and Fishermen's Terminal. James provided me with comprehensive materials ahead of pick up and was very friendly and helpful in helping us get acquainted with the boat the morning of the pick up. He also gave us recommendations of places to go on the lake and provided plates, cups, and utensils for the party. 100% would recommend to anyone seeking a fun day on the lakes!
This is the second time I've rented James' boat and it was even better than the first. James has put together a great departure and arrival checklist, and has detailed instructions on how to use all the boat's features.
The boat was fully fueled at the start of the day so it was easy to fill it up when we were done and did not have to guess how much fuel to buy.
Another awesome day on the water!
James was great from email greeting when we booked all the way to in person when showing us through the boat and how get around the boat. He had it simplified for a beginner to a expert to understand how to use his boat with out worrying ! Highly recommend if ever in the market to rent a boat for the day out on the water!
James was excellent and really took good care of me, so I could take good care of my guests. The boat is great too, very nice, new and clean, and very well apportioned and cared for. The boat is in a perfect location for being in Lake Union/Washington or heading to the locks and The Sound. The marina is very accessible from anywhere, with free and safe parking and is right by the boat, for very easy loading (although the boat really has everything you need, so not much to load at all). James will do a quick run-down of everything with you at a convenient time, to make sure your outing is perfect, and he always follows through and is on time. I will definitely rent this boat again and again, great vessel and owner.
We had a great day out with his boat! I was a little nervous at first but after his walkthrough of his boat I felt fine. We took a day trip out to Kirkland, anchored up in a nice cove on Lake Washington, and made our way down to Coulon in Renton. This boat is for cruising and not for the person who wants a sporty fast maneuverable boat. But overall the experience was great and I may even do it again with him! Thanks James!
I could comment on how wonderful Lake Washington was, I could comment on how awesome James' boat handled or how the boat was in pristine quality. But instead, I would like to say just how amazing and wonderful James was. He gave us suggestions on where to go, instructed us on the safety and security of his vessel and let us know how hard it would be to go on the path that we had pre-planned on. If he hadn't been so amazing, we would have had a horrible time going through the locks. Honestly you may be looking at other boats here on boatbound, but you NEED to give James a try first - he would be worth double the price. We will be using James' boats from now on for our family trips.
PS: He had a device that let us play music from our phones on to the boat's radio, I didn't think I'd use it - but it was so wonderful to have. We played some frank sinatra while cruising along the lake to Kirkland.
My wife and I had a great time cruising in James' Sea Ray. As a first time renter of this boat, I especially appreciated the thorough briefing James gave me before leaving the dock. The Sea Ray is well equipped and in great condition. We were also glad to have the sectional cover, since we encountered a few rain showers during our outing. If you want an enjoyable day on the water, James' Sea Ray is the boat for you.
I was with a group of 6 and we had a last minute desire to cruise Lake Union on a boat while having a glass of wine. The Electric Boats were sold out so I googled Lake Union Boat rental and go to James via Boatbound. A few e-mails later and after signing up, I was confirmed. James was very accommodating and the boat was in perfect condition. Everything went according to plan - everything easy. I was the hero of my small party for making it happen.
Simplicity is the key and James made it simple. He has taken careful time to create this amazing welcome packet that explains everything you need to know and more. He was punctual, early to the meet and walked us through the same stuff he had in his welcome packet. He explained everything we needed to know in an easy to understand way that really made everyone feel good.
I hadn’t expected him to be so responsive but he got back to us on or request for more information within an hour and we had everything secured not too long after. Although he has a lot of pictures of his boat they don’t do it justice. It’s beautiful and well maintained. In those photos you will see many of his happy renters and it’s hard to think their happiness is not connected to the way James made them feel throughout the process.
Thank you for being awesome!
Great communication and setup with thorough instructions. Boat was spacious for 5 and performed great. Highly recommend for a day trip on the sound or just exploring the lakes. Easy to drive, and provides creature comforts for the ladies. Everyone had a great weekend. Thanks James.
James was incredibly helpful. We rented his boat on 4th of July which was a pretty hectic time, but he did a great job giving us an in-depth overview of the boat and was available through out the day via text whenever we had questions. I would definitely rent from him again.
James was incredible! He went out of his way to ensure we had everything we needed to enjoy our trip. The boat was clean, stocked with items that were helpful and all systems functioned well. James was immediately available and knowledgeable when I e-mailed my many questions to him prior to our trip. I can't stress enough how helpful and personable James was and how wonderful he was to deal with. Thank you James for a great experience!
James was great. From the beginning the communication was amazing. He send me all the information I needed and everything was very organized and helpful. The boat was really nice, very clean and the price for what you get is really good. Overall we had a great experience with James and we will definitely rent from him again. I highly recommend him to everyone if you want an amazing/smooth experience.
James was great! He made everything very easy. Incredible attention to detail with all the instructions provided for us made the day simple, straightforward and enjoyable. We loved the boat and had a great day touring Lake Washington. Will definitely rent from James again in the future.
I rented James boat and it made it super easy. He sent instructions on how to operate his boat ahead of time and was super cool about running through it briefly before we took it out. I would absolutely rent from him again and the boat is amazing and so easy to drive. Thanks James and keep on boating!
We had a fabulous time on James boat. It was plenty roomy for us and we were even able to get our baby to nap! James was easy to work with. He was very thorough in our walk through of the boat. Parking the boat back in the stall was nerve-wrecking but other than that all was good. We will definitely be renting this boat again.
Boat was in awesome condition and everything was very clean. I can tell James spent some decent amount of time taking care of his boat and it's well maintained. In addition, he's very considerate and there're lots of supplies on board including kitchen utensils, cups, bowls, towels, drinking water and etc. Highly recommended!
A few friends and I wanted to enjoy a day out in the sound and once we found James's boat, we were all set. Renting from James was a great experience! His responses were always prompt and worked very closely with me through out the process. On the day of the rental James was personally there to walk me through how to safely operate his boat and even provided me with a fact sheet with pictures on how to do everything on the boat. The boat it was perfect for what we wanted to do on the water. It is not a speed boat by any means but it really got the job done for a nice relaxing trip around the lake and even in the sound. I would gladly rent the boat from James again in the future simply based on his attention to detail and how well kept the boat is in general.
Awesome boat and James was super friendly and helpful. He showed us how to use all the equipment, how to tie a hitch, send us instructions on how to go through the locks, and gave us suggestions for places to visit around Lake Washington and in Puget Sound. We had a great day and we'll certainly rent from James again if we get the chance.