My name is Jim Watson. I started this business last summer when I started getting requests for boats to rent. I grew up working at Camp Parsons, on the waterfront, and returned to run that waterfront (which occupies the shore end of Jackson Cove) in my retirement years. Helping people enjoy Hood Canal is in my blood, and, always with your safety uppermost in my mind. My boats have been chosen with the Canal in mind. They are aluminum to handle beaching on oysters and rocks. They are wider and deeper than aluminum lake boats to keep you safe if a wind should come up.
I have boats for novices as well as experienced boaters. I will provide lifejackets. However if you have a very small child it will be best to bring one for him or her. Also if you are larger than extra large please bring your own life jacket.
Our boats range in size from 12 feet to 16 feet. Very experienced boaters may qualify for use of a 23 foot North Sea Coble, a replica of an Irish crabbing and lobstering boat.
We are pleased to add a 20 foot long wooden dory to our rental fleet. It has an electric pot puller and moves nicely with a 9.8 horsepower four stroke Yamaha engine. This boat is becoming a favorite for those with parties of three or more. The photos are from 2018 shrimping.
Our boats are vintage, from the 1950’s through the 1980’s when high quality materials and workmanship were the norm, at least for the high end brands we use, such as Hewescraft, Crestliner, Texas Maid, and Mirrocraft. (We have one 20 foot Grumman freighter canoe built around 1950 for those who want a safe, wide, stable craft for day or extended Canal touring.)
We are a one man company. You deal directly with me so I can make sure you have a great experience. Please call or email ahead so I can have everything ready for you and can help make your stay here as pleasant as possible.
My number is 360 796 4518. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Rates: my boats rent for $160 per day. I supply the gas. Half day’s use is $80. Crab pots, lines, buoys, bait, are extra. We only provide boats for daylight use, unless you arrange with us for a longer, overnight trip.