MAKE A RESERVATION
The pontoon boat is paid in
full at time of departure. Your reservation deposit is of course
credited to you at this time.
Also renters are responsible for any damage which may accrue
while renting. There will be a check list for different items as far
as the condition of the boat is concerned, that you and the owner
will go over at the time of departure. The renter will sign a damage
clause as you would when you rent a U-Haul.
Once your reservation deposit is received it holds your pontoon boat for
you, from others , wanting to rent on that particular pontoon on
that date! Your reservation deposit will only be refunded in the
event of Bay news 9 Doppler Radar indicating 60% rain or small craft
The boat may only be driven by the designated driver/s on the
contract who must be at least 30 years old.
No drinking and driving. It's the LAW! If you get a BUI (Boating
Under the Influence) it goes on your permanent driving record. No
The boat will be cruised at 3/4 throttle, not full throttle. Not
only is this better for the engine; but outboard engines at full
throttle are going to use a lot more gas for very little extra
speed. There will be a 5 gallon container of gas available on board
if you are going to be cruising for an extended period. Keep in mind
that the more people on board, the more gas the boat will be using.
We do not charge what the marinas charge for gas. We charge you what
BP and shell charge us at the pump per gallon for mid grade 98
octane which is around 3 dollars a gallon. Remember we have 4-stroke
outboard engines and they are much more efficient than the very
common 2-stroke engines.
BALANCE the passengers on the boat so it does not list to one side
or ride bow down in the water. Too many people in the bow convert
the pontoon into a submarine, and that is never good!
YOU MUST have a fully charged cell phone on board and keep it
turned on. We recommend you bring a zip lock bag as cell phones and
salt water are not friends. keep all personal belonging secure, we
are not responsible for lost items.
Children under 6 must wear a life jacket at all times while the
boat is underway - it's the LAW! We do have youth size life
vest, any child over 6, but under 90 lbs. will have to have one of
these vests available for them. We also have child size vests 30-50
lbs and infant size 0-30lbs so let us know your needs when making a
reservation so we can notate it for your rental!!.
Stay between the red and green markers at all times; otherwise you may
run aground. When in shallower water, the TRIM for the motor can be
used until you reach deeper water. If you brake, or snap the
propeller you'll be charged to replace it. If you just scrap it up
with dings you'll be charged 20 dollars for (wearable usage) these
propellers are not cheap so be carful.
When trimming up the engine, do NOT allow the propeller to come out of
the water. Not only will you loose steering but you could damage the
engine and it can be very costly.
Obey No Wake Zones at all times. If we receive a complaint from
that you have broken this rule you will be changed an additional
$150. The designated No Wake Zones are clearly posted throughout the
channel ways & inn coastal.
Stay at least 100-200 yards from the mainland shoreline but not further
when on the gulf side. Watch your depth sounder; when it reads 3
feet or less slow down and be careful.
When a larger boat approaches you in the channel be aware that their wake
could flood your boat, SLOW DOWN and move passengers to the rear of
Stay away from Styrofoam balls and other buoys - these are crab traps
that can rip up the propeller. And don't retrieving those crabs -
that carries a $5000 fine in the State of Florida!
You are responsible for the boat, motor, equipment and most
importantly the passengers. You break it, rip it or lose it= you
bought it! Water ladders are 275 bucks,, "use it but don't loose
it" There's also a safety waver liability form for your signature.
If a storm comes in, call for instructions. Then make sure the boat is
anchored solidly and take shelter under the Bimini top. Small
showers don’t qualify for refunds, just heavy 3+ hour storms.
DO NOT beach the boat. Drop the anchor off the front first,
ensuring that the boat is floating at all times. If the boat is
beached on a sand bar by an outgoing tide and gets stuck and you
cannot get free, and we have to pick you up and come back out to
guard the boat for 8 hours until the next tide comes in, you will be
charged $200. So please be careful and always use your common sense.
After dropping the anchor, yank on it to make sure it is set - the grass
flats in our area can sometimes jam up an anchor so it just skids
and does not set properly the first time. Rinse the mud off the
anchor before stowing it on board. The loss of the anchor will
result in an additional charge of $100 to replace it.
It would also be a good idea to have a smart phone with GPS to help
navigate. If you are unfamiliar with the local waterways we'll show
you how to get around. Our charter maps also indicate sandbars grass
flats avg. depth. There are several restaurants along the waterway
in which you can dock the boat and have lunch or dinner or other
If you leave the ignition on, the battery may drain. So always shut the
ignition off and pull the key out and just let it hang there when
you want to stop for a period of time. If we have to come out to you
and we find it was "operator error," due to you not following the
instructions, you will be charged applicable rates. When renting and
leaving out of our Sarasota Bradenton public boat dock locations
renters are required to stay in Bradenton Sarasota location. If you
Take the boat out of the agreed and rented area and you run aground
and or the boat breaks in anyway you, the renter would be
responsible for tow service. Otherwise our boat is covered through
our commercial policy.
You may return early, if you wish. Just call at least one hour before
returning to the boat launch dock. We know that 8 hours or so on a
boat can make for a very long day.
You (as the renter) are responsible for your safety, the safety of those
on board and the property of the boat, so don’t run into anything.
Remember your check list of things too bring; e.g., cell phone,
food, drinks, ice, sunscreen, fishing poles, towels etc. And if
you wish you may bring the family dog... and don’t forget to have
Thank you for supporting yours and our local economy. We take pride of
ownership in our pontoon boats and we know you'll have a great time!