My name is Jim Watson. I started this business four years ago when people started coming to me, seeing the boats in my yard, asking if I would rent them a boat. I grew up spending my summers near here working at Camp Parsons. This now 100 year old camp is located close by on Hood Canal. I worked my way up to running the waterfront there, becoming proficient in all phases of aquatics, becoming a trainer for the Boy Scouts nationally. Always the emphasis was on safety. I learned through experience how rough the waters of the canal can be. I also learned how warm the water can be for swimming, especially after the forth of July. In one manner or another I’ve been around the water and boats all my life. In retirement I returned to Camp Parsons and ran the waterfront again. Helping people enjoy the out of doors, the water, and especially Hood Canal is in my blood, and, always with your safety uppermost on my mind.
My boats have been chosen specifically for Hood Canal. The smaller boats are aluminum so beaching on oyster strewn beaches is possible. Just remember to tilt up your motor. The two larger boats have high bows to break through any waves which might come up and have sufficiently high sides so you feel safe when out on the water. Each of our boats is wider and deeper than lake boats — each is chosen to keep you safe while enabling you to have a good time on the water.
In Washington a Safe Boater’s Card, obtained through taking an online test, is required for a boat with 15 horsepower or more. We have two, the 23 foot Maggie O’Brien (30 horsepower) and our new to us 15 foot aluminum Crestliner which has a 25 horse motor.
I have boats for novices as well as experienced boaters. I provide life jackets and all required safety equipment. When you sign your contract you agree everyone will wear a life jacket while on the boat. My liability insurance requires this.
Three hidden costs:
1. if you shrimp or crab and rent pots, lines and buoys from me please be aware I do not supply bait. I supply bait bags. You can either bring your own cat food or turkey legs (Brinnon General Store) or purchase bait at McKay Shrimp and Crab Pot Factory (green building almost across from the Brinnon General Store.)
2. My motors are four stroke and use little gas. You will be charged at the current ethanol free gas price for the gallons you use. Figure five to six gallons for Maggie and less than three for the smaller aluminum boats at about $4.50 per gallon.
3. Some parking will require a Discover Pass. (Washington State Parks, $30. Can be purchased online or at Dosewallips State Park.
So how does this work?
I meet you, take you to your boat and orient you to it’s operation. And off you go. I greet you upon your return and check to make sure the boat is in good condition. While you are on the water you can call me at anytime at 360 796 4518. You will want food and beverages, warm clothes and sunscreen and rain gear. If there will be alcohol consumed be sure you have a designated driver who does not drink.
Who do we want as a customer?
We hand pick each boat and spend many hours getting it ready for use. We want customers who will treat our craft with care, who will appreciate what they are renting. You will receive personal service and desire customers who are looking for the genuineness we offer.
Bald eagles, harbor seals, river otters, kingfishers, gulls, herons, ducks, fish, snow capped peaks in the distance, clear waters — all these are available to you in Hood Canal. If we can help you enjoy this wonderful body of water give us a call or email us.