Q: Will we see gators or sharks?
A: NO! People that usually ask this question watch too much TV (shark week, ect.). If you want to see gators and sharks you will need to stop by the zoo.
Q: Is gas included?
A: No. The AVERAGE burn rate is about $15 per hour on most of our boats.
Q: Do I need boating experience?
A: it is not a requirement; we encourage our club members to ask us as many training as they need. We will take the necessary time to go over the docking, the controls, the signs on the water, we want to make sure that everyone is safe.
Q: Do you give boating lessons?
A: Yes. Boating lessons are $25 hr. plus the boat rental.
Q: Do I need to take any special courses?
A: By law in the State of Florida, anyone born on or after January 1, 1988, who operates a vessel powered by 10 horsepower or more must pass an approved boater safety course and have in his/her possession photographic identification and a boating safety education identification card issued by the FWC or a Florida boater education temporary certificate issued by an authorized vendor. We do provide the temporary certificate in our location.
Q: Will we see dolphins and manatees?
A: Most likely. There is a 90% + chance you will see dolphins and manatees.
Q: What if there is bad weather?
A: We will not send a boat or jet ski out in bad weather. We have radar and VHF in our office. If it's a normal, short (15 minute) afternoon summer shower, we do not consider that “bad weather”. We will go over the maps and we will show you different shelters where you can stop.
Q: Are there lots of things to do on the water in your area?
A: Yes. Dolphin and manatee watching, tubing, skiing, wake boarding, lots of nice sandy islands with palm trees to set up camp (BBQ , swimming ect.), lots of great restaurants and bars. We will give you a map and mark up all the fun spots!
Q: Do I need reservations?
A: YES! We have lots of boats and jet skis. At 20 boats and 6 jet skis we sometimes have 150 people to get on the water. Our schedule is tight and we want to give the best service possible.
Q: Can I keep a boat overnight?
A: No, for liability and insurance reasons, you cannot keep a boat overnight.
4 must ask questions before you rent a boat
Ask if they have their own office on-site
Sounds like a strange question to ask. However, there are a lot of “fly by night operations” (people you DO NOT want to have your credit card info). State law 68D-36.109 requires certain things MUST be posted. This is only one of several local and state laws that if you don’t have an office, you can’t meet the requirements. Thus rendering them an “illegal operation”. DON’T BE FOOLED BY A NICE WEB SITE.
Come into our clean office and fill out your paperwork. Make sure you read the FLORIDA TODAY article on the wall about Hayley and check out Hayley racing her Ferrari on the track.
ASK IF THEIR BOATS ARE REGISTERED AND INSURED IN THE COMPANY NAME.
You can not properly insure a commercial boat if its not in the company’s name. If something goes wrong you will have serious problems. No one ever plans on having an accident. Make the company show you the registration and insurance before you go anywhere. If you get pulled over you must have this documentation anyway.
We have clear clean titles on ALL of our boats and outstanding insurance. We believe in being 100% debt free (personal and business).
ASK HOW LONG IT TAKES TO GET OUT OF THE NO WAKE ZONE.
If you rent a boat in Port Canaveral/Cocoa Beach you can spend as much as one hour getting out of the no wake zone. There is a good chance you will need to go through the locks system. Good luck and have fun sitting around. Make sure you do the math to find out how much it cost to get out of a no wake zone. If you rent a boat for 4 hrs. at $400 you will spend $200 ($100 per hr. one hour going out, and one getting back) just trying to go have fun. Don’t waste your money.
At our marina it takes 3 minutes to clear the no wake zone. Its one of the many reasons our location is rated by several publications and experts as “best in the state”.
Ask how long they have been in business
If you rent from someone who has only been in business a few years or less they are sometimes strapped for cash and take short cuts on servicing their boats. You don’t want to go out and get caught in a bad situation. We have picked up rentals from other company’s junk boats breaking down.