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Reviewed February 23, 2019

Despite it being a grey, cold day James took us on a wonderful trip around the city - it gave us a different perspective on the city and he kept us fed and watered with delicious snacks and drinks (enjoyed while all tucked up in cosy blankets). Then electric boats are peaceful and really comfortable. Thanks

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank londonw12
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Geertje_PureBoats, Owner at Pure Boats, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review, it means so much to us to read that our guests enjoyed their time aboard.

Please let us know next time you're in town, we're looking forward to welcoming you aboard again.

have a lovely evening,
Geertje

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Reviewed February 15, 2019 via mobile

Marco was the boat operator and guide & he did an excellent job. The response to my inquiry to book was prompt, which was also helpful as an overseas traveller relying on wifi & not having guaranteed access to email or internet once I’ve left the hotel for the day (and the hotel wifi not always being the best). I’d highly recommend this tour. The snacks & drinks were great and the ambiance on the boat was really wonderful.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank SandyB407
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Geertje_PureBoats, Owner at Pure Boats, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2019

Dear Sandy,

Your review makes me (and Marco!) smile so much! We do try to get back to enquiries as quickly as we can, because we feel that good service should already begin during the booking process.

Thanks again for taking the time to write this, and we'd love to have you back aboard again when you're visiting Amsterdam!

Have a wonderful day,
Geertje

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Reviewed February 10, 2019 via mobile

Kudos to James and Geertje and their love of Amsterdam and restoring classic boats. My wife and I (and six others - strangers at the beginning and warm acquaintances at the end) took an evening 2hr the with James at the helm of their 1917-vintage, fully restored Schollevaar (or Cormorant in English).

A beautiful vessel that James piloted admirably and tour commentated knowingly around the Amsterdam canals. No big box packaged tour this...rather like a tour with friends complete with warm blankets, nice nibbles and drinks. Being electric powered, the Schollevaar was whisper quiet and we all braved the windy/brisk conditions on the back area to catch the sights, chat, snack/drink.....

Booking online was super early and Geertje emailed back promptly answering our initial questions and providing clear instructions on time/place to meet.

Can’t recommend the tour enough!

During the summer I imagine their small vessel (The Geertje) would likely be fun as well as their larger vessel just coming into service......

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank GEL-TX
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Ghenrika, Owner at Pure Boats, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2019

Hi there, thanks so much for your elaborate and kind review! It was our pleasure having you aboard, and we'd love to show you the canals in summer on our smaller boat 'Geertje'!

Have a great day and looking forward to having you aboard again,
James

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Reviewed January 31, 2019

As a solo traveler, I felt this would be a better option instead of the larger boat tours. The pick up point was easy to find and there are several shops nearby. Being that it is a small group, it's a lot easier to follow the sights and take pictures. The snacks were good and there's a very nice selection of drinks. It felt personalized even though there were 5 other strangers on the boat. I'd take the tour again if Im back in Amsterdam.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ChantelCCW
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Geertje_PureBoats, Owner at Pure Boats, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2019

Thanks so much Chantel, we loved having you aboard.
Looking forward to hearing from you again when you're in town, and wishing you a wonderful day,

Geertje

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Reviewed January 21, 2019

As a newly established Expat-resident to Amsterdam, I have gone through a significant number of boat tours, in hopes of finding "THE canal tour experience". The search is finally over - with Pure Boats for the win!

Let me cut straight to the chase with what I liked:
- The boat(s) are very clean, quiet and completely up to scratch in terms of safety/ protection
- The captain and tour guide (often the owners themselves - James and Geertje) were informative and friendly
- The boat(s) had comfortable seating, comfortable lighting, comfortable pillows and blankets, and a properly stocked bar
- We recently did two tours in January and both boats were warm, with extra heating capabilities if needed
- The larger boat has a suitable working bathroom, has a nice kitchen area to prepare party snacks and drinks, and has a great area in the back which is fully open-air
- The smaller boat was exceptionally big for the size of it's appearance and is the perfect craft for taking high quality photographs along the canals
- The pick-up points are always easy to find and easy to board/ disembark
- The captains are organized and punctual, maximizing the time spent out on the water
- The captains are flexible, able to take you on customized routes through the canals should you and your crew have preferences
- The boats are suitable for all ages - very young, very old, and passengers in-between will have a great time

Final thoughts:
Take a tour during both the daylight as well as in the evening darkness. The two experiences are each exceptional and worth the time/ resources. During the most recent experience we had with Pure Boats, we chartered the smaller boat during the day and the large boat during the evening, and IT WAS MAGIC.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Geertje_PureBoats, Owner at Pure Boats, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2019

Wow, this is so amazing!
Thanks so much for writing such an extensive review, that means the world to us!

Were looking forward to having you aboard again - we can't wait.

James and Geertje

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