We require a 24 HOUR notification for any and ALL CANCELLATIONS NO EXCEPTIONS! Due to a limited number of Rental Boats and time slots available. Ensure that your plans are firm before you book. NOTE: SAME DAY BOOKINGS will be charged @ time of reservation with absolutely NO REFUNDS. Should you self-terminate your rental period before the completion of your rental period for any reason, we do not offer partial refunds or make up time. NO cancellations are permitted any two day prior to and day of any Holiday. July 4th, Memorial Day, Labor day.
WEATHER: We are in Florida and showers can pop up suddenly they are usually brief in nature, all Rental Boats offer a Bimini Top for shelter. In the case of inclement weather (heavy rain with Thunder and Lightning) we will not allow any Rental Boats to leave the Dock. We will reschedule your trip for the next available time period or issue a refund. We will do everything within reason to get you safely on the water.
What can I bring on the boat?
Water, typical beach gear, towels, floats, snorkel equipment, drink cooler, picnic supplies (food) etc. You are required to have the cellphone onboard your Rental Boat that we have the number on file for should we need to contact you while out.
What is not allowed:
NO TOWING OTHER WATERCRAFT OR TUBES NO WATER SKIING OR PULLING ANYTHING BEHIND BOAT IS PERMITTED. COMMERCIAL INSURANCE DOES NOT PERMIT EITHER.
LURE FISHING ONLY, (NO LIVE BAIT) ALLOWED FROM RENTAL BOATS. They are designed for cruising, sightseeing/Dolphin Watching and snorkeling in St. Andrews Bay and visiting Shell Island Bay side of the Island see Map for docking areas with walkovers to the Gulf.
We do not allow HARD LIQUOR on our boats at any time! No GLASS bottles or glassware is permitted. The Boat Operator is subject to Florida BUI Law's while rental boat is in his/her possession. No underage drinking is permitted on our rental boats.
All Rental Boats are subject to FWC and Coast Guard spot checks while underway in local waters. We do not allow any drugs, narcotics, needles, vapes or vape liquids etc. aboard our vessels. NO SMOKING is allowed onboard due to possible engine fuel fumes Rental Boats have onboard Fuel Tanks. NO PETS are allowed aboard our vessels. Some of our guests may be allergic to remaining pet dander left as well as possible urine and feces issues that may occur. NO Scuba Tanks are permitted on any of our Rental Boats. No GRILLS are allowed hot or cold. NO FIREARMS OR WEAPONS OF ANY KIND are permitted aboard at any time, this includes spearguns.
Boat Rental Operator Requirements:
Our Rental Boats are for EXPERIENCED BOAT OPERATORS ONLY! You must be a minimum of 27 years old to operate any of our Rental Boats. You must have in your possession a valid Driver’s license. If you were born after January 1, 1987 you are required by law to possess a Boating license. If you do not have one you can take the 25-question Florida Temporary Boating Certificate test on line@ boat-ed.com/floridarental/ for a fee of $9.99 from your mobile device. We require a minimum of (two years boating experience including past use of boats with outboard motors, proper use of trim and anchoring of vessel, for anyone operating our rental boats, absolutely no NOVICE or BEGINNERS will be allowed to operate our rental boats. You cannot operate our vessels if you have uncorrected vision or hearing. You may not use or have on your person any form of narcotics or be under the influence of any while operating our rental boats. Boat operator is subject to all Florida Statutes (BUI Laws) while in possession of a Rental Vessel and subject to random spot checks which may include a sobriety check while underway in local waters. If you show up clearly intoxicated or visibly under the influence you will be turned away with NO refund.
BOOKING YOUR RENTAL BOAT: **RESERVATIONS AND DRIVER SCREENING ARE REQUIRED**
You must call (850) 832-3775 to book your Rental, make sure the person who is operating the Boat for your group is available to speak with us for boating experience verification prior to booking your Rental. ( REMEMBER THE BOAT OPERATOR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYONE ONBOARDS SAFETY).
Don’t wait until last minute to make your reservations and have at least two days that will work for you. We require a credit card to book your reservation. In the event of a NO SHOW, your card will be charged the FULL RENTAL AMOUNT. We have a strict 24 notice on all reservations and you must call for a cancellation code, if you fail to do so you will be charged the full amount for your scheduled rental period. There are NO REFUNDS for SAME DAY rentals, phone in or walkup. Your credit card will be charged the full rental amount at the time of Booking for any SAME DAY/ WALKUP booking.
Arrival Time at our Location:
You are required to be at our location 30 minutes prior to departure so that you have time to read and sign the rental waiver and go over boat operations, area map and safety instructions and loading instructions and life vest fitting.
You are required to be at our location 30 minutes prior to departure, if you show up late your return time will not be extended, please schedule enough travel time from your Resort to ensure you get full use of your Rental Boat for the time you are scheduled.
LATE RETURN FEE:
Due to limited number of Rental Boats we book back to back, we have to clean and refuel the boat and board the next renters on your Rental Boat in a short amount of time. We charge a flat fee of $50 for every 15 minutes the Rental Boat is not returned on time NO EXCEPTIONS. Be courteous to people behind you on the schedule.
NO OFFSITE BOARDING OF ADDITIONAL PASSENGERS IS PERMITTED! OUR RENTAL BOATS HAVE A STRICT WEIGHT & PASSENGER LIMITS FOR YOUR SAFETY. 2019 Bayliner Element Sport Edition E18 8/9 GUESTS 1900 LB MAX NO EXCEPTIONS mix of children and adults weight limit of 1900 LBS includes gear.
MISSING EQUIPMENT FEE:
- Lost Anchor $175.00 ** LOST KEY FEE $50.00 (do not remove key from boat)
- Missing factory boat cushions $250.00 each (must be ordered from factory)
- Missing Life Vests $40.00 each / Missing throwable $30.00 / Nav lights $100
- Busted Prop $300.00 / Bimini Top Damage to frame or Canvas $500.00 Requires replacement of unit.
- Fiberglass /Gelcoat Repair will be charged at Repair Shop Rates the Day the Damage occurs along with Downtime to repair damage. Rips in Boat cushions $100 per each 6 -inch section
- Broken Boarding Ladder Fee $175.00
EXCESSIVE FILTH FEE:
You must take all trash with you when you return to the dock, trash cans are provided. If Rental Boat is returned with food or liquid products smeared on Deck or Seats you will be accessed a $50.00 cleaning fee. No exceptions.
We take pride in offering you a clean well maintained Rental Boat for you enjoyment, but we can’t control everything mechanical failures sometimes happen and will be dealt with on a case by case basis. If the mechanical failure is the result of equipment abuse, careless operation by the Boat operator, the renter will be responsible for the full rental amount and all cost associated with boat repair, including repair, towing and downtime. Making sure your boat operator has at least two of boating experience is key to your crew having a fun, safe day on the water. Please follow all safety instructions, we want your time with us to be the highlight of your vacation!
- CASH, VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS. ( Cash discount available)
- DUE TO HURRICANE MICHAEL until our dock is repaired we are temporarily dropping our boats in at 4401 Collegiate Drive Panama City, Fl 32401 (Behind Gulf Coast State college and FSU) road dead ends into the Boat Ramp area. There are picnic tables and plenty of parking available.