Great lake boat! Low daily rate, renters pay for gas .
Experience Seattle's boating lifestyle! If it's hanging with friends, celebrating a birthday or just an office cruise you HAVE to get out on the water. Seattle only has 165 of sunny days a year, why not spend it on the water. Beautiful Lake Washington has amazing views, cool bays and tons of fun. Don't take my word for it just get out there and see for yourself :)
We had another wonderful time on Vitaly's beautiful powerboat for the last weekend of Summer. It was our third time renting his Chaparral and can't wait for Spring to arrive (or for a warm October)! Thank you Vitaly for helping make this summer so great!
Vitaly was very responsive, had the boat completely ready for us, and provided clear instructions. The Chaparral 196 was in very good shape, comfortable, and perfect for a relaxing day on the lakes. Having the boat already in the water in a covered marina is very convenient, and it's right next to a fuel dock! Ample free parking as well. Would rent again in a heartbeat, highly recommended.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our day on Lake Washington in Vitaly's Chapparral. It is a quality boat at a nice price, very quick, comfortable and smooth riding. It is well designed with plenty of storage and other places to put things. We stopped for lunch and used the very solid and handy anchor stored in the bow. The engine was strong and smooth running, starting right up after every stop. The rental is "self service" which means it is ready and waiting at the moorage; some past experience is handy to get it going and out of the dock area. It is located just past the Fremont bridge, a very convenient city location with free parking right in front of the covered marina. We can't wait for another outing.
Renting from Vitaly was a great experience! Instructions for finding and operating the boat were clear and timely. I would definitely rent again. Only issue was that one of the two bumpers mentioned in a previous review was missing. Was not an issue for us, as we only docked against a padded dock, but would be useful to have for future rentals.
Vitaly was an excellent host. He was easy to contact and provided clear instructions for accessing the boat. The boat itself was phenomenal. My family and I (7 total) had a blast boating around Lake Union and Lake Washington. The perspective from the water is completely different than from the road or trails and provided a unique way to experience the city. The full-day flexibility was excellent and we enjoyed returning in the evening for night cruise around Lake Union.
Look no further. This Chapparral 196 SSI is a beautifully handling boat that you will thoroughly enjoy.
Vitaly takes excellent care of his boat and the dock is fully covered so no need to fight with removing a boat cover.
Diamond Marina is in a great location on West Lake. Easy access to the Locks or Lake Union/Lake Washington.
We easily pushed the boat out of the narrow covered slip and easily maneuvered into the bay. Returning was just as easy. Line up on the 4th covered slip and then pull her in.
Instead of loading our supplies here, we loaded up at the public dock near the Historical Boat Society.
Note, the all around whitelight is under the back bench if you are out at night.
This boat is a dream to handle and Vitaly makes the whole process easy. All self service.
Before you go out, Check the boat cleats. We did not see a front left cleat so we always docked on the starboard side.
The two bumpers he provided were plenty.
We found three lines on board for docking, two short and one long one. We tied the two short ones together to make two suitable lines.
And for the person who mentioned no flag... there was a flag on board when we went out! Vitaly must have read your comment and added it.
All in all a great boat and a great experience. Loved it!
We had a great time on Vitaly's boat! Awesome location on Lake Union. It was very easy on the way back to refuel considering the fuel dock was right in front of the slip. The boat was exactly what we expected. We would definitely rent from Vitaly again. Thanks!
My family of four rented Vitaly's Chaparral for the day and had a great time. It was a really easy process. Vitaly sent us the instructions to access the boat and all was as expected. The best part is that the boat is in covered moorage right on Lake Union in a spot where there is weekend parking. You will not need to take off a cover to use the boat. The walkway on the dock is only the width of the pilings on each side of the boat so departing takes a couple of people to untie from inside the boat and walk the boat out. You can not leave the slip under power as it is only slightly wider than the boat. Longer tie lines and the replacement of a missing front cleat would make this easier. Otherwise the boat started right up and handled well. All indications are that the boat is well maintained. We brought our own tube and flag as there was not one on board. The sheriff didn't see our flag at one point and pulled us over so make sure you have a flag. On return, you need to back carefully up to the slip and have help from a person on each side of the boat to walk it in by hand. This will not be possible under power but this is easy as the dock is well protected with no waves. My wife would have had the boat be a little cleaner but it was more important to me that the boat be mechanically sound which it was. I would definitely rent from Vitaly again.
My friends and I had the very best day on lakes Union and Washington. Vitaly got back to me within the hour and was extremely helpful with directions and other details. The boat is easy to handle and great fun at any speed. There is a gas station right by the slip so you can refill easily. I highly recommend Vitaly and his Chaparral for an unforgettable day on the lake.
Thanks Vitaly for a great rental experience! Instructions were simple, and the boat was great. We were able to park our car right at the marina. There is a gas station conveniently located in front of the slip. Couldn't have been easier. Thanks again!
Nice boat, and clean. Instructions to get to the boat were a bit confusing, but once we found the boat slip, it was easy to get the boat in & out. Conveniently located close to fueling station. Vitaly was responsive when needed.
Vitaly was more than helpful and extremely and gave perfect instructions on how to access the boat. We had 8 people and had ample room to move about and hang out, but if you were looking to do water sports I'd suggest keeping it down to 5 or 6. The boat is in great condition and would rent from again!