Frequently asked questions
Anyone who possesses general boating knowledge is 18 years and up as long as they have a current driver’s license and a valid credit card.
We offer pontoon boats for rental. They are all well-maintained and new boats are cycled in yearly.
Standard, adult, and coast guard regulation life jackets (the orange ones we’ve all seen) are provided. Adults are not required to wear personal floatation devices (PFDs). Children 12 years and younger are required to wear PFDs while the boat is underway. By law, there should be 1 PFD for every person and 1 throw cushion per vessel.
The essentials are water and sunscreen! You’ll probably also want to pack beach towels, and a cooler (we also can provide a cooler and do have ice for sale) with snacks and beverages, sunglasses, and bug spray. BUT, Please but no glass containers and no grilling. If we find evidence of glass or grilling on a boat, you will be charged a minimum $50 fee. Alcohol is allowed on the boat for passengers to enjoy – it is prohibited for the operator to be under the influence while boating.
Simply click on BOOK NOW on this website and follow the instructions. ALL BOOKINGS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. A six-month credit is provided on cancellations with at least 72 hours' notice of the booking; otherwise, the booking is void and you do not receive credit. No credit or partial credit will be provided for returning a boat to the dock before the scheduled return time (if you return a boat early, there is no credit for unused time).
Contact the office within the designated cancellation window; if not, the booking is void and you do not receive credit.
If there is inclement weather (storms with high winds, lightning, and thunder) at the time of your booking and we cancel your outing, you will be contacted and provided the option of a refund or credit. If there is inclement weather during your outing and we call you back to the dock to cancel the outing, you will be provided a partial credit for the time unused. If it is raining on the day of your outing, you may contact us at least two (2) hours prior to your booking and we will provide you with a six-month credit.
The boundaries of our rentals are: The Intracostal Waterway stopping at the north end of The Narrows just before the Indian Rocks Bridge. Much of Boca Ciega Bay. The Intracoastal Waterway is south through Blinds Pass to Shell Island. There is NO GULF ACCESS in our rental boats, and all boats must adhere to the boundary areas at all times. (Due to insurance regulations the boat cannot be taken into the Gulf of Mexico).
We suggest all boat operators take an online boating safety course prior to operating a motor vessel. We provide thorough instructions on operating the boat at the dock.
Fuel is available at the dock where you pick up and return the boat. It is not permitted for you to bring/provide your own fuel. The price of the boat rental does not include tax or fuel. Every boat leaves with a full tank and will be topped off upon return to account for the fuel used.
You may find the following websites helpful for safe boating tips:
Boat Tests 101