“We are now in our 3rd season of boat charters with a lifetime of experience on the water. 3 very different boats available to suit your needs!”
Aboard since 2016
From Chicago, IL
I would not recommend this boat to anyone looking for a premium boat experience. The boat was ancient and not kept up well, it smelled, was dirty (think hair everywhere), and the stereo system did not work. The price of this boat does not include the captain, so you're not getting a good deal. I would pay a little more for a better experience. If you do decide to use this company, do not use Captian Larry, he seemed very knowledgeable and friendly over the phone, but he did not know anything about the architecture in the city and things he said could provide proved to be all talk. Very disappointed with the entire experience.
On top of this, the weather was nasty on the particular day of the charter, and they did not cancel. I know the weather is not their fault, but the safety of the passengers should always be the first priority, and I believe money is theirs.
I was disappointed with this booking. Part of the description said water and ice would be provided but that was not the case. The Bluetooth worked but we had to keep our phone in a specific spot. The boat was dirty, flies everywhere and the outlets did not work. Ive been on boats before and there wasn’t this flu/mosquito issue to the extent where there were about 30+ flying around constantly. The boat served its purpose and we were on the lake. I would not book it again.
The boat was great, spacious and large enough for 10 guests plus 1 captain and 1 crew member. The crew was great and very helpful. The notes did state the boat had a cooler but it was a "makeshift" garbage can turned into a cooler. It worked fine but I would suggest to bring your own. The captain was very knowledgeable of the weather and water conditions since water was very choppy that day. I would hire Captain Dan again to charter our boat.
LOVED the boat!! Generously sized for 12 people, all of the equipment was provided as promised and worked well and it was a lot of fun! I had Massimo as a captain and he was very friendly and accommodating and easy to reach with questions beforehand, went and got bags of ice for us at the dock office before departing. Criticisms: 1) They said water would be provided, they had one case of water that wasn't even full. For 12 people for 6 hours in the sun I would not consider this nearly sufficient water provided -- at least let me know how much you have so we could have come prepared with more. 2) Once the boat was anchored out in the water, the captain was not clear as to where we could take the kayak and paddleboards (on which side of the buoy), and that they could get cited if we tip the kayak over (which we didn't know would be a problem since we were just playing around and easily pulled the kayak back to the boat) and this violation resulted in the Coast Guard coming onto the boat and asking us a ton of questions, and remaining on the boat for over an hour. The Coast Guard officers were really nice and the captain handled it well, but it really killed the buzz of our party and caused a lot of stress and wasted a big chunk of the afternoon, so I would have appreciated some better clarification of the rules when we got on board since none of the passengers had even been out in the water in Lake Michigan before to have avoided our interaction with the Coast Guard.
Cannot beat this price! We rented for my sister's bachelorette party and had an incredible time!!
We had a great time on the lake! Captain Dan and his crew took us on a great tour of the river, then we dropped the anchor for a few hours and just enjoyed the day. Highly recommend for a group of 8-12 people looking to have a good time on the water!
Captain Dan was awesome. Boat was great. No complaints perfect day on the water.
Absolutely AMAZING experience. We had a surprise party for my boyfriend on the boat, and it was a blast. Captain Dan and the owners are sooooo nice and accommodating. I was nervous about the weather and sent so many emails and they reassured me that everything would be fine and we could find a solution if need be. The boat fit all 12 people comfortably. There were two sound systems so you could have music playing inside the boat and out which was awesome. We got to grill, the fridge/freezer had lots of space, as well as counter top space to lay out food and drink. People also used the paddleboards and the kayak. My group had an incredible time! We will definitely be back!!
Great experience! I recommend and will do it again.
I rented out a boat with captain from offshore312 for my best friend's bachelorette party, and we had an absolute blast! Captain Mike was super accommodating - he must have taken a thousand pictures of us that day - and the boat itself was perfect. There was plenty of room for our whole crew, plus all the booze and snacks we brought along.
My friends and I were so impressed with our trip, we're already planning on renting again next summer.
Great time with even better people. No better way to spend a 3+ hours in Chicago then on this boat. Captain Ryan and crew were friendly, energetic, and helpful. Would be hard pressed to find a better captain and crew in Chicago. The boat was clean and in great shape when we got on and had everything and more for what we needed for the night. Will definitely be booking this boat again!
Our group had a great time with Offshore! They were super accommodating and great to work with while booking. The day of, they captain and his assistant (?) were amazing! Very friendly and laid back and made sure we had a great experience. I would definitely book with them again.