“Grew up on Walloon Lake in northern Michigan near Petoskey and have many years of boating experience. Power boats, pontoon boats, sailboats, catamarans, sail-boards and even kite surfing. Back in the day I was a tournament slalom water skier. I'm sure my Dad was never thrilled when he received the fuel bills every month. Currently reside in Spring Lake, MI and live on the water. Own a Four Winns Horizon 260 and a small inflatable with a 9.9 hp outboard, and both are available for rent. With all those years of experience on the water, I still managed to sink a gorgeous 41 foot Marinette aft-cabin in Lake Huron the day after we bought it. Half mile off shore with the latest GPS chartplotter installed the night before. From 23 feet of water to 2.0 feet of water in the blink of an eye.... that far off shore. All rocks. Not a big fan of Lake Huron, though one of these days I want a do-over. That little decimal point on the GPS display wound up being a near 6-figure dollar mistake. The place we hit is called "revenue rocks" by the Port Sanilac Marina........ I wasn't the first one to crash there. With that said, I should have asked the locals about the area, what to watch out for, and how best to navigate. I now ask any renter of my boat, where do you plan to go? Going to Lake Michigan? That's fine, but here are the things you need to avoid and pay attention to. It's why I keep a 3-ring binder on the boat with some detailed lake/river maps and go through it with every renter. Electronics and GPS's are great tools, but they are no excuse for not paying attention. I've had some interesting experiences in my life, but boarding a Coast Guard boat at 3am is not one I wish to repeat..... and the crash happened at 9:30pm. At the age of 50 at the time, never been so scared in my life. That is exactly why I have become such a promoter of boater safety. Even when you think all is good, something bad can happen. If you rent my boat there is no such thing as a dumb question. Ask away. I know this area like the back of my hand. Now you understand why the Four Winns is named "On The Rocks II".”
Aboard since 2014
From Spring Lake, MI
Had an amazing experience renting from John. 8 friends and I took a weekend trip to Michigan, boating out on Spring Lake & Lake Michigan was definitely the highlight of our trip! John was a pleasure to work with, I was given a detailed overview of the vessel and a heads up of the dangerous and congested areas of the lake to avoid. Highly recommended, 10/10 would return to John for future rentals!
John was great and made the boating safe and easy. Boat is a safe, nice boat, big enough to be safe on lake Michigan yet, not terrible on gas. We went out on the big lake, then did some tubing and skiing on the smaller lake, out all most 8 hrs and only used a 1/4 tank. We did not go full speed all over, but 26-28 was a nice speed on the big lake.
Great time was had by all.
Thanks John and Boatbound.
Took a group of family out for the day and everyone had an excellent time. John spent time with me prior to the boat trip - getting me acquainted with not only the boat, but expediting the channels as well. Made the entire experience so much easier and less stressful. With very limited time using a boat previously, the additional information was extremely welcomed.
Can't say enough how easy and accommodating John made everything. Highly recommended and look forward doing this again with John next year with even a few more family members.
John was a really nice guy, and his boat was in very good condition. John was very accommodating, he even brought our boat over to our dock the evening before. He also went out and purchased a new tube for the kids to ride. The boat handled well, was clean, and lived up to the all the expectations that we had. The boat was very powerful, and pulled multiple tubers without even getting close to full throttle. Our overall boat bound experience was excellent.
We had a great time renting this boat. It is plenty big enough to handle the nine of us who rented it for the day, plus it has the power to pull skiers and those on tubes. John is very friendly and gave us a good overview of the boat and lake before our departure. When we got stopped by the Coast Guard for a routine safety check, we had all of the paperwork and safety features required. When we headed back to take the boat back to the dock, we found the gas station at the marina closed. John was very fair and allowed us to simply pay him for the gas used. We hope to rent this boat again next year.