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About Len

“I love the water and love boating. I have over 40 years of boating experience. I am a certified captain by the U. S. Coast Gaurd. I am the Boatbound Ambassador for Chicago as well as the featured owner/captain for Boatbound nationwide for June 2016. I am a Chicago native, but spent a good portion of my youth in South Florida. I was raised on the water and have sailed the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Pacific waters. I was raised on boats and have been at the helm on everything from a 20' center console boat to a 72' sloop rig racing yacht. I enjoy motor yachting but still love the excitement of sailing. In the near future I plan to spend the winter months on a yacht in the Caribbean.”

Aboard since 2015

From Streamwood, IL

Reviews of Len (65)

  • Captain Len and his boat were fantastic! He was available ahead of time to answer any questions (I had a ton!). On the boat he took fantastic pictures, poured us drinks, and made sure we had a fun time. His boat was a perfect size for our group of 6. Highly recommended.

  • We were in Chicago in July 2019 and booked a day on the lake with Len. It was by far the most fun thing we did on our entire trip!! Everyone agreed. The views you get from the water were breathtaking! Len was a fabulous captain and took care of our every need. He gave us fun facts of several of the buildings on the skyline, served us drinks while we were lounging on the float, and offered to take tons of pictures for us! It’s was an incredible day. The water was beautiful! I can’t imagine returning to Chicago without going back on the lake with Len!

  • Len was by far the best captain we could have hoped for! I surprised my husband for his birthday with a sunset cruise and Len made the surprise more than perfect, even with his own personal touches like a captains hat, leis, and a happy birthday sign when we arrived. His attitude, personality and professionalism made us feel like we even made a fast friend. The boat was pristine, well taken care of, and supplied with most anything you needed, from cups to blankets, he was prepared. I highly recommend Len and we can’t wait to charter with him soon!

  • It was a wonderful experience. Len was very professional and enjoyable during the charter.

  • Len was wonderful!! My group had such a great time with him and he was so fun, engaging, and really made sure we enjoyed every second of our trip. You should ABSOLUTELY book with him!! Thank you again Len!!

  • We had a great day out in the Playpen with Captain Len! His boat was clean, comfortable, and perfect for our smaller group of 6. Highly recommend booking with Len.

  • Excellent Trip! Weather was hit or miss, but Len ensured we had a wonderful trip to remember. Len is very detailed and holds safety at a very high regard. My family of 6 (ages 3 to 75) had a wonderful time.

  • Great trip with Captain Len. I took my wife on the water for her birthday and we all had a great time. Look forward to booking again.

  • Captain Len provides a terrific personal experience for a day on the river/lake. We've done the architectural cruise several times, but really enjoyed Len's personal touch. He's got a great boat (perfect for 4-6), and is the ultimate host. Highly recommend!

  • It is very clear, that making sure you have a great time, is Len's #1 priority. Which is exactly what you want when you charter. Len is alot of fun, very knowledgeable about the city and a great storyteller! His boat is spotless and very comfortable. We definitely enjoyed our time out on the water!

  • Len is the man. Did a great job communicating consistently the entire day. We had some wicked storms roll through but he held off on making a call until right before the reservation. The storms were out of the area and it turned out to be a beautiful night!

  • Len was very friendly and so fun to have as our captain! I would recommend Len to anyone looking for a great boating experience - he's the best! Boat is perfect for smaller groups.

  • Our family had a great cruise with Len!

  • Len was a great host and captain! There was some bad weather on the day of our charter, and Len was very flexible in accommodating a delayed start to ensure we had the best possible experience. We ended up having a great evening out on the lake!

  • So much fun! Len is a great captain! Very knowledgeable and a ton of fun!!! Highly recommend renting his boat!!!

  • Len is a great Captain. We had a great time in spite of imperfect weather. He is very friendly and seems perfectly suited for his role. Made sure everyone was comfortable and engaged in the experience. He knows ton of Chicago history which keep everyone entertained. It is a great boat with more than enough room for our full party, very comfortable and clean. The boat can fly, especially on our flat seas.

    We definitely recommend and hope to repeat on a sunny day.

  • Len was a great captain. He tells great stories about the history of Chicago and also knows the best places to go for the best views of the skyline.

  • LEN was great!

    He was able to extend our time when he saw how much fun we were having !! He made my boyfriends 30th so much fun!! Thanks LEN !

  • Len is FANTASTIC! Five star experience. He is very thorough in the safety review (safely is truly his number one priority). Not only did he make sure we were safe, but also made sure we had an absolute blast.

    When we boarded his boat, he had birthday decorations prepared (I rented the boat to celebrate my fiancé’s and best friend’s birthday. So thoughtful!

    Len has so many interesting experiences and so many cool stories to share.

    Can’t wait to board Len’s boat next season!

  • Len was a very knowledgeable and accommodating captain. Our tour of Chicago by water was the highlight of the weekend.

  • Best day of my life! Everything went smooth and he was really helpful. Len truly made the night memorable, one I will never forget!! He made the whole process easy and efficient. Will definitely recommend Captain Len and his boat!

  • This was a phenomenal experience! Captain Len is not only experienced in boating, but he is an outstanding host: He takes care of everyone in the boat, he knows an immense amount of information about Chicago, its architecture, the lake, and all around the local culture. He is a spirited conversationalist, who makes the time in the boat go as pleasantly as any one could want. Our guests from KC, whom we took with us, truly enjoyed themselves. I unequivocally recommend Captain Len and the Bellanzi, as I am sure they will fulfill all your expectations. We look forward to additional trips in the future....

  • My family and I had a great time with Len and his beautiful boat on Sunday of this Labor Day weekend. Len was a wonderful guide and a very safe Captain! We had a blast!! Can’t wait until next time!!! Thanks!!

  • Great day with Len. Very professional, accommodating and we had a ton of fun. Would recommend him to any of my friends. Can't wait to go out again for the air and water show or my next free Saturday.

  • Len surpassed all our expectations. He called and texted us to answer our questions. He entertained us with Chicago trivia during the trip, was extremely helpful with serving us the drinks and food we brought and made sure our entire group had a blast. Equally importantly, he was knowledgeable about boat safety and we felt safe despite the high winds that picked up during the end of our trip. We will definitely be going out with Len again soon!

  • Thanks Len for a great time. He made sure we had fun and was flexible and easy to work with. You were a great captain and made the day perfect! We hope to come out again with you real soon! Highly recommended!!

  • Thanks Len for a fantastic time on Saturday. You were a great captain and made the day perfect! We hope to come out again with you real soon! Thanks again for making the day memorable!

  • BEST DAY EVER! Len was amazing, from prior to booking to day of he was there to answer any questions you had, and responded quickly. Leading up to our rental we were in constant communication, the night before our original rental day he called to let me know that the waters would be very rough and it would not be safe to go out. He was able to accommodate us the next day, and the weather was even better!! The entire day was incredible because of him, we never had to worry about anything because he was always there to do that for us and keep us safe out on the waters. Len always made sure we had drinks and was there to refill them if we needed. And his 6 person float was PERFECT!! He was very knowledgeable about Chicago and Lake Michigan, I am pretty sure I asked a million questions and he was there to answer all! At the end of the day we went back to the dock and hung out with him longer, he is a really cool dude. Seriously best day ever and it was all because of Len and his awesome boat!! I cannot wait to return to Chicago and get back on the lake with him!! Thank you Len for everything, we are still talking about it!!!

  • My friends and I had a great day on the lake with Len! He made sure we had a great time and was flexible and easy to work with.

  • Best. Day. Ever.

    Len was incredible from start to finish. When we thought the weather looked a little iffy, he let us move our trip to the next day for maximum sun. He was incredibly communicative throughout the entire process and super friendly! He provided water, sunscreen, and an amazing float so that we could really enjoy ourselves. The boat comfortably held 6 of us and was so clean & well-maintained. Len even doubled as our personal photographer for the day, capturing some fabulous shots of our group with the Chicago skyline.

    I will 100% be booking with Len in the future!

  • what an AMAZING time on Lake Michigan. It was our first foray into renting a boat, and we had a wonderful time. great views, conversation, and the nicest/cleanest boat i've been on in a LONG time. We'll definitely be back!

  • Great time, nice boat....float that holds 6 is game changer. Len was very accommodating!

  • This was an exceptional experience. Len was incredibly welcoming and the boat was beautiful. Highly recommended!!

  • Len was nothing short of amazing! His boat was exactly as described, he was extremely experienced, but more importantly he was fun! He made our 4 hours fly by, and even offered to extend it if necessary. Additionally, he drove us back to our hotel...we couldn't have asked for anything more :). Could not more highly recommend!

  • Len was awesome, and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. I highly recommend choosing Len.

  • From start to finish this was an incredible experience and I can't recommend Len highly enough. I had three girlfriends in town and our day on Lake Michigan was the highlight of the weekend. The boat is spacious, clean and and Len is both professional and has a great sense of humor and positive attitude - even when it got a bit cloudy, he still made sure we all had a great time. He even extended our charter by over an hour to take us on a cruise to Museum Campus, Buckingham Fountain, etc. If you're looking for a perfect day on the water, this is your boat!

  • Len was a great captain with excellent communication skills and a beautiful boat. We had a wonderful and safe day on Lake Michigan and we cannot wait to book again with Len!

  • Amazing time with Len!
    From beginning to end, Len was accommodating and very cooperative.
    I booked an evening out on the water after my engagement proposal as a surprise for my fiancé on a Saturday evening in July.
    He met with me weeks in advance so i could have an idea of what the yacht looked like. Very roomy, spacious, comfortable, and luxurious, equipped when all the necessities you could think of.
    We were fortunate enough to have great weather and steady waves to use the fire pit table - it was like having a bon fire on a boat! Didn't even know that exists but Len made it happen!
    Throughout the entire process of seeing/booking/planning the charter- Len was very easy to communicate and coordinate with. His service is impeccable and he is a pleasure to be with!
    Long story short - best experience my fiancé and i have ever had and we highly recommend Len!
    Cannot wait for our next charter!
    Thanks for everything Len!

  • Great decision to charter with Len! Beautiful boat, excellent and accommodating Captain plus the beauty of seeing Chicago from the water, made this the highlight of our trip! Len has extensive knowledge of the city as well..the tour was perfect in every way. We look forward to contacting him for our next visit as well.

  • Len was easy to communicate with and thorough and helpful both before and also once we got onboard. The boat is exactly what you need for a great day out on the water.

  • Amazing day. Len was great. He made the day fun for our whole family. 100% recommended. 10 stars!

  • Had a great day on the water with Len!

    Boat was well equipped and in great condition, with everything we needed. Len was a fantastic captain - had great knowledge of Chicago (for us tourists), and we felt safe in his capable hands.

    Highly recommend!

  • Nice boat, Nice captain ! A fantastic experience!

  • We chartered with Captain Len for a birthday celebration and we couldn't have been more happy! The boat is beautiful and very spacious, well taken care of, and the sound system rocks! Captain Len is absolutely fantastic. You can tell his number one priority is keeping everyone safe, and making sure we're having a great time. He inflated the 6 person raft for us and served us drinks while we relaxed in the playpen, and he even played DJ for us while we caught some sun on the bow. My friends enjoyed themselves so much that they are planning their charters with him for next season. I cannot recommend him enough, and we can't wait to do another charter with Captain Len!

  • Len gave us a fantastic day on the lake in his yacht. We started off heading down the lake with an architectural tour of the city, and then made our way back to the play pen for the rest of the day to enjoy the day moored. The experience was the icing on our first summer in Chicago, and what a way to end it - Len's boat is roomy, comfortable, and comes with a 6-person raft that you can use to lazily float around in Lake Michigan. Len himself was a pleasure to deal with and his service was impeccable. I'd thoroughly recommend going with Len - we'll definitely be calling him again.

  • We thoroughly enjoyed our outing on the 31’ Chapparal. The boat was like-new, clean, and comfortable. Len was a top-notch skipper. Despite the high wind and seas that day, he was very accommodating and insured we had a great trip.

  • We had a fantastic day on the Lake thanks to Len. He really made everyone feel comfortable and was a great host and captain. I would highly recommend Len and look forward to renting from him again.

  • We had a great time with Len! He was very good about communicating beforehand, and he made sure the day was a success. It's nice boat, and Len is a friendly, outgoing captain. We enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.

  • Len is a great captain! He was very prompt in all communication and very helpful in answering questions. On the day we went out, he made sure we had a smooth ride and would refill our drinks when we were out on the raft (so awesome!). We were having a Bachelorette party, and it was so much fun! Would definitely recommend Captain Len!

  • Len was fantastic! Prompt and on time with an easy ride to and from the Play Pen (even when the water became pretty choppy at the end of our boat day). Boat was gorgeous and in wonderful condition. Len served us beverages and was a real fantastic captain! I highly recommend boating with Len!

  • Len was not only very helpful in making sure we were safe on the boat that day but he was fun and seemed very experienced. Overall, my friends and I had a great birthday celebration on Lake Michigan with Len!

  • If I could give Len 10 stars I would!! We were celebrating my sister's 30th birthday, and the whole experience was nothing short of perfect all thanks to Len! He went above and beyond to make sure our day was perfect and was extremely accommodating in every aspect of our day! I am not from the area, so I booked his charter out on a whim and can honesty say it was one of the most memorable experiences for not only myself, but my sister and our friends!!!!

  • Len was professional and very responsive from initial point of contact to the very end. This was my first time using Boat Bound and he made the process easy and worry free. Throughout the entire day he was super accommodating and wanted to make sure we were having fun. We look forward to booking with Len in the future and would recommend him to anyone. Thanks again Captain Len!

  • OMG! I am struggling to communicate adequately about how great Len is as a captain. He not only takes care of every detail and is an incredible communicator, but also has in depth knowledge of boating overall. Len is very knowledgeable about the city of Chicago,which makes the trip even more enjoyable. We just took our first trip via Boatbound and thanks to Len we will continue this wonderful experience!

  • Len was incredibly responsive leading up to our day on the boat, and once we were out on the water he did not disappoint. His boat is beautiful and incredibly clean and well-maintained. He knows a lot about the city and the lake as well. I'd highly recommend boating with Len.

  • What a great day out with Capt. Len! He had every last detail nailed. The boat, the service, the hospitality, the attention to detail....everything was perfect! I can't wait to get back out on the Bellanzi. THANK YOU SO MUCH, LEN!

  • Len,
    Very nice afternoon, we had a group of 4 for a 1/2 day on the lake. Communication was great, nice clean and well maintained boat. All had a laid back afternoon.
    I would use Len again

  • Captain Len and his boat Bellanzi is a must for any type of party or gathering!!!
    We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to use Captain Len and his boat Bellanzi on 8/22 for my daughter's bachelorette party. I feel like we struck gold with Len! He was so professional, detailed and accommodating from the day we signed the contract. Len's communication leading up to the day was impeccable. Captain Len has your best experience in mind. The day of the party could not have been better. His boat was beautiful, clean, and he had an amazing sound system that girls all enjoyed. Captain Len was such a wonderful host to all the girls and they had so much fun with him. He made their experience the best it could have been. This by far was the hit of the weekend!!!! We look forward to using Captain Len again!

  • Len was a fantastic host for one of the busiest days on the water. His boat is beautiful, clean and perfect for a group of friends to enjoy the day together. Len was very accommodating and his prep packet has all the information you need for a great day. The sound system is fantastic and definitely take advantage of the round raft-thing. We'll be renting again very soon!

  • Len showed us a great time. He was very friendly, safe and accommodating and his boat was kept very clean and has a great sound system. He also provided a 6 person raft that was a big hit.

  • Len was extremely helpful with directions getting to the dock. Had open communication the entire time and his Word doc on guidelines and what to bring / not bring was super helpful as well. Good DJ, guide, and all around good time!

  • I had a phenomenal time on Len's boat! Initially he was booked out but his availability opened up last minute and he quickly contacted me. He knew how badly I wanted to organize this event at short notice for my colleagues. He accommodated all our requests when it came to late boarding, variable boarding time for different people, music request, food, alcohol, etc. He checked in with us multiple times to see whether we got the dock address correct. He also waived the fireworks tour premium price for us.
    My entire group thoroughly enjoyed the evening and will do it again on Len's yacht. I highly recommend it to a party of 6-8.

  • Where do I begin when it comes to the amazing Captain Len and his beautiful boat, the Bellanzi! I was planning my bachelorette party for 6 of us, and this was definitely the best part of our weekend! Len was so accommodating and made sure we had the BEST time! His communication was stellar leading up to the day of our trip on Lake Michigan. The boat was super clean, had everything we needed, a great sound system, and the best part was a big oversized raft that attached to the boat where the 6 of us all sat comfortably in a cidcle and soaked up some rays. There's plenty of room on the front of the boat to lay out as well. Len himself made the day on the lake a blast. He is so upbeat, knowledgable, and professional. This trip definitely exceeded all of my expectations!

  • You will not be disappointed with Len and Bellanzi!! Len's communication leading up to our day out on the boat was terrific, and his boat is awesome! Len is a true professional with a wonderful boat. 5 stars! I would highly recommend Bellanzi to anyone looking for a great time out on the lake!!