“I have been on the sea for many years. ”
Aboard since 2014
From Miami, FL
So thanks to our captain Drake, our boating day was great. However, there were some issues with the actual reservation be please be aware prior to booking.
1. Boat was NOT the same as pictured (same style boat, but not the exact same as advertised)
2. Owner stated that he would be captaining the boat that day since were skeptical of the negative reviews... he was not.
3. As soon as we got on the boat, the captain informed us that there would be another $40 charge (as per owner) for taking us to a nearby sandbar... this was NOT told to us by the owner when we had a conversation to him about wanting to rent a boat to take to a sandbar for swimming for the day.
4. Owner informed us that the gas would be filled prior to our arrival and that we would just be required to fill it back up upon our arrival back. However, gas tank was only filled to 30%.
Captain PJ was awesome and showed us a great time- however when I booked this boat I did see some bad reviews but decided to overlook them and focus on the great reviews. However, as others have said our captain said the owner required us to pay 40 bucks cash for fuel once we were already on board- this is not boatbounds policy and we had already paid 440 in full. This was disappointing and started the day off on a bad note. Furthermore some random person kept calling me when we got to the marina saying he was walking to us to get in the boat and it wasn't even the captain- never figured out who that guy even was.
DO NOT BOOK THIS BOAT!! These guys will rip you off. I booked my request and paid for it through boatbound. After my outing, the Captian, "Frank" demanded that I pay them in cash. I showed him on my cc account were boatbound had been paid and there was no money owed. He then stated that it was only a deposit and my account would not be charged. Therefore, my friends and I gathered the money and paid him in cash. Two days later my account was debited. I have contacted boatbound to report this situation and to be refunded the amount that I am owed. THESE PEOPLE ARE CROOKS!! DO NOT RENT FROM THEM.
Overall, my friends and I had a great time on the boat. The captain (Jean) was great, very helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating. Leidys was also very responsive in the messages beforehand which helped a great deal. The only problem was that the grill was not working. I had asked beforehand if it was working and we took food to grill but it didn't work. Besides that, everything else was great. It was perfect for the 6 of us.
The description of the boat is not accurate, needs maintenance. We got stuck in the ocean for about 20 minutes because the boat wouldn't start. The boat does not have navigation nor a radio (walkie-talkie radio) which we informed the "captain" before we left on our trip that was a minimum requirement to have channel 16, he stated he had informed the owner but there is only so much he can do and asked that we use our cell phones to call 911 if we needed help. One of the reasons we booked this boat was also because of the "water sports entertainment" which again we asked before we left on our trip, captain stated everything was under the seats but when we got to the ocean the pump electrical cord was broken and we were not able to inflate the tube. We also paid for a full day and the "captain" arrived about 40 mins late. Speakers were blown so our phones sounded better. We tried to anchor the boat but of course since someone had tied the anchor with a very weak rope, the anchor is now at the bottom of the ocean. The seat where the cooler is located is still broken or at least if felt like it was because anyone that sat there kept sliding out, I had also asked the owner about this before booking it and was told it was fixed. For the price I'd recommend to keep looking. I have rented several boats in MIami/Fort Lauderdale and definitely had a better experience.
This boat is rated for 11 passengers, but we had 7 of which 4 were women. The boat advertises 350 total horsepower with twin engines, but the boat barely planed. One of the engines was running 1200 RPM lower than the other and the faster engine ran erratically. In addition, one of the bow seat cushions was broken, so if you sat on it you fell through - although we were warned about the broken seat.
One of the joys or renting is that the renter gets the great nautical experience w/o the hassles of ownership. In exchange, the owner receives a premium far beyond the cost of ownership making this a win for all sides. However, when a boat does not run/is not maintained, the renter is disappointed...even cheated.
I felt cheated and in retrospect, I should have asked for a refund because the boat did not perform as it should have.
Hello I would like to write about my first experience with this rental.
Leidys Perez is a gentle person however have a few points for you guys stay tuned:
1) During my conversation with him, I informed him that the boat would stay at my house that has a dock during the two-day lease. Knowing that he did not inform me that I should pay an extra fee of $ 350.00 that had to be paid on delivery of the boat.
2) I arranged it deliver the boat in my house which is in Sunny Isle he called me and said the boat would only be available at the marina near downtown, more than 40 minutes from my house. He left last time to warn, combine 08:30 am and 07:30 he called me to say he would not bring the boat.
3) The handle at low speed is extremely hard, increasing the difficulty in stopping the boat on the dock.
Great experience. Jean, our captain, was great, very responsible, nice and expert driver. Everything works on time and We had a very good time. Boat was comfortable for 5 - I would say it's good up to 7. Gas is expensive! 4.1$ per gallon.. just expect that.
Leidys was a great host, the service was outstanding and the captain we had was very patient, always in good mood and gave us a tour over all Miami relevant places we asked to go. I would highly recommend the day boat trip, to ski on water and have an adventure enjoying of the bumper.
I would definitely schedule my next boat trip with Leidys.
See you soon and thanks for all the services offered.
Great boat day rental, awesome captain. We enjoyed very much the water tubing and water skiing. Captain would give you suggestions in where to go or what to do if you have nothing certainly planned. Boat is fast and we used the grill, yes we cooked when we stopped on a sandbar. We all enjoyed it.
Leidys and the captain he provided were both excellent, friendly, and professional. We were able to find the boat location without any problems. The captain brought us around the bay, the islands, and also the beach. He also brought us to a nice little sandbar where we were able to hang out for a while. I would definitely use Leidys and his boat again! We had a great time.
Our day out on Leidys boat was fantastic, we had a blast. The boat is well used but in good shape. Only issue with it is maneuvering at low speeds because it is a jet boat and the throttle levers are really hard to move, expect an arm workout :-) Engines run very well and the boat is very fast, overall a good fun boat.
Leidys' boat was great! It was very exciting to take a 40-knot capable jet boat for a spin, and it made water skiing real easy and fun. That said, it was QUITE annoying to steer this boat at minimal/no wake speeds. The boat also has an unusualy low bow that confines it to the intercoastal or calmer bays.
Leidys was very flexible in meeting us to rent our boat - we booked the afternoon before and met the next morning, and furthermore Leidys was very understanding when we were delayed in traffic getting there.