Austin >Outdoor Recreation > Just for Fun Boat Rental
5973 Hiline Rd, Austin, TX | Directions 7873430.432098 -97.941892
Since 1987, Just for Fun has provided over one-half million enjoyable hours boating on Texas lakes.
Just for Fun provides watercraft rental to the public in a professional and friendly manner with emphasis on customer value, satisfaction, safety and enjoyment at all times.
At Just for Fun, we know your playtime is valuable. Allow our expert and courteous staff to make the most of your recreation time.
Terrible service and a complete ripoff – I had the same experience as several other recent reviewers. JFF tried to charge me $108.00 for a supposedly 'damaged' prop. The owner told me if it was his personal boat, he would just fix the prop but since I supposedly damaged the prop, he had to replace it. The guy is rude, obnoxious and a crook. Don't do business with these people
Horrible phone service and rude personel – I have been on many party barges at JFF and had a great experiences and loved the boat captains!
BUT I just had a horrible experience... such a bad experience that I am taking the time on a holiday weekend to share this missery.
I called Saturday evening to check the avaliability for a pontoon rental on Sunday... the young guy who answered the phone told me that there were plenty of boats avaliable and to just call back early in the morning (He should have made the reservation for me then... but he was being LAZY)!
I called Sunday to reserve my boat. I was first on hold for 32 mins before I was disconnected... I called back and was on hold for 52 mins. I hung up and called back, when I did so the woman asked "can you please hold" at which point I said "No, I have been on hold for over an hour and a half- I just need to see if you have a boats avaliable". In a very rude and condescending manner she told me it was a holiday and to call back later. It would have made more sense for her to inform me of that when she first answered the phone in stead of putting me on hold and making me waste half of my morning!
I am so turned off by JFF and will never spend my time or money with them. They obviously do not treat their customers with gratitude or respect.
Save your time & money...Go somewhere else! – They charged us for a "damaged" propeller and made us buy a replacement. When we asked them if we could keep the old propeller, since it was no longer any good, they said no, that they were going to fix it.
So why did we need to buy a new one for them if they could just fix the one we supposedly broke??? As if paying $150 for a ski boat rental wasn't enough. So they got to make an extra $100 plus tax for a part which cost $40 to buy and nothing to replace. Since the employees are on an hourly wage, they don't get paid anything extra to install. It took them 5 minutes for them to install it, so there was no need for us to paid parts and labor.
You're better off going somewhere else.
Boating !! – Hi ,, i just loved this place for boating. I have discount tickets for boating here, let me know if your interested !! discount upto $40 !!!
Great Boat Rental – The staff here is great! We rented a boat last friday and Wow! what a good time. We reserved a boat online through their website (easy). When we arrived we had to do some paperwork and then they took us to our boat. They went through some rules and showed us how everything worked...this was a little boring, but paid off as we saw some people getting tickets for not following the laws. The guy that showed us everything was polite and really seemed to know a lot about boats. The boat ran great and we rented a tube as well which was totally fun. We came back a little early because everyone was tired and Just for Fun even gave us a credit to use the 20 minutes that we were early for the next time. We will definitely be back!
Best experience on Lake Travis – After renting boats on Lake Travis for several years, I found Just for Fun near Carlos and Charlies restaurant. The boat was clean and new. The employees were all friendly and helpful and seemed to really want us to have fun. These guys know so much about the lake and boating that I would recommend them to anyone.
Never again! – We rented a 24' pontoon boat and a wave runner today at Just for fun. Before we got on the boat, we were concerned when we saw it started raining. We asked if we could wait till the rain stopped or come back on another day (we've already paid), and the staff told us we could not change our time since there were other customers lined up after us for our boat. We could not get a refund either. They would only give us a store credit to use on another day. The staff assured us the rain would pass in a few minutes and it would be just fine for us to go out. So when the rain lightened up a bit we got on the boat and went out.
It took us 5 minutes to get out of the marina. After another 5 minutes on the lake, it started raining so hard again we became soaked immediately. In a hurry to get back to the dock we went to the wrong entrance and had to turn the boat around in the shallower water near the marina. Before the boat was barely parked, the staff yelled us that we damaged the propeller. In the heavy rain, we raised the motor and only got a sneak peak at the "damage" to the propeller, which I could hardly tell how it was different from a few minutes before we went out. It puzzled me how they were able to tell it was damaged from hundreds of feet away when the propeller was fully submerged under water. My gut feeling was that they were used to business practices like this. As long as you enter the shallow water, they call for a damage.
They insisted on us paying for the "damage", which was $100+tax, or we wouldn't get the rain check for the 2 hours we'd already paid for renting the boat. We started questioning why they would let us out on weather condition like this and how they could tell the damage before we came ashore. The owner became very rude and refused to talk with us anymore, By this time, everybody was very upset, our day was already ruined. Even if they gave us a rain check to ride their boat on another day, we wouldn't want to come back. We had to negotiate very hard with one of the front desk ladies to take the charge for the "damage" and half an hour of rental fee from what we'd already paid and refund us the remaining amount.
In the end, it came out to be 5 minutes of boat ride on the lake for $190. What a rip-off!
So take my lesson, avoid Just for fun. If you'd like to take a chance, be careful. Take a picture of the propeller before you go out and take a picture after you come back, if weather allows.
EXTREMELY poor service, bad boat conditions – I've used Just 4 Fun for years, but lately they've apparently decided that less is more and don't care anymore about what kind of product they put out. I've used them at least once a year over the last 3 years. I used to use them more frequently than that way back in the 90s. On this last trip we rented one of the party barges. They are supposed to supply an ice chest, grill, and driver. One key word missing in front of all three is "working." The ice chest was broken. The grill was absolutely filthy, as if no one had cleaned it in 5 years. I asked the driver for a light for the grill. He said "Duh, it has one of those ignition switches on it." It was broken. Luckily he had a lighter. (I had asked for no smoking onboard, but the driver smoked anyway.)<br>
I needed to mention that the counter staff, in person and on the phone, are some of the rudest people you can find. They couldn't care less about anyone walking through the door. They look at you like you're nothing but a bother to them.<br>
After the trip, our group went to Carlos 'n' Charlie's right there at Emerald Point. The driver of the boat, Thomas, actually had the nerve to follow us in and have some buddy of his come over and start harassing us because we didn't tip him. He certainly didn't deserve it! I had been told before that tipping was not necessary, so since the first time I used them I never have. This guy, though, thought he deserved one and only after his obviously drunk friend bothered us for the third time, we tossed some money at him to make him go away. It was completely disgusting.<br>
The owner, Pete, used to be a nice guy and had a good thing going, but it seems that now he's completely unavailable and doesn't dare lower himself to helping with customers. I encourage people to explore and use other watercraft rental places on the lake with bigger craft that cost the same or less.
Fun Times – I've done several party cruises on Lake Travis through Just for Fun and have always had a great experience doing business with them. The staff is friendly, helpful, and fair. Anytime, I've been charged extra for anything was my or my party's fault. They have a great service and I will definitely go through them again!
Great Experience – I'm writing to tell you what a wonderful experience we had. My family rented three of your pontoon boats for the day. We had a delightful tour of Lake Travis. I will definitely do it again! Your people at Just for Fun could not have been better!
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