Frequently Asked Questions
FLORIDA LAW REQUIRES THAT ALL DRIVERS BORN ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1988 MUST TAKE AND SHOW PROOF OF PASSING THE FLORIDA STATE BOATERS SAFETY COURSE, OR ANOTHER STATES SAFETY CARD AS LONG AS IT HAS THE NASBLA CERTIFICATION.
THERE ARE 2 OPTIONS FOR THE COURSE:
1. TAKE THE FLORIDA BOAT RENTAL TEST. UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE 25 QUESTION TEST (76% CORRECT OR HIGHER) YOU WILL BE ISSUED FLORIDA RENTAL TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE WHICH WILL BE VALID FOR 90 DAYS. THE COST FOR THIS COURSE IS $9.95 ON THE WEBSITES THAT WE INCLUDED A LINK TO BELOW. WE HAVE PROVIDED THE LINKS BELOW FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL OTHER OPTIONS ONLINE TO TAKE THIS TEST IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPLORE ADDITIONAL ALTERNATIVES.
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2. TAKE THE FULL FLORIDA BOATERS SAFETY COURSE ONLINE OR IN THE CLASSROOM, WHICHEVER YOU PREFER. THE ONLINE VERSION TAKES APPROXIMATELY 4-8 HOURS TO COMPLETE. UPON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE YOU WILL BE ISSUED A FLORIDA STATE BOATERS SAFTEY CARD AND YOU WILL BE PERMITTED TO OPERATE BOATS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA FOR LIFE. BOAT US OFFERS THE CLASS FOR FREE, PLEASE SEE THE LINK BELOW PROVIDED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE. THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL OTHER OPTIONS ONLINE TO TAKE THIS TEST IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPLORE ADDITIONAL ALTERNATIVES.
NOTE: LESSEE MUST PRESENT THE BOATERS SAFETY CARD FOR THE FULL COURSE OR THE TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE THAT IS ISSUED AFTER SUCCESSFULLY PASSING THE RENTAL COURSE AT THE TIME OF RENTAL. IF THIS PROOF IS NOT PROVIDED LESSEE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RENT THE BOAT. THE LESSEE WILL HAVE TO TAKE AND PASS THE TEST ON ONE OF OUR TABLETS OR THEIR PHONE AT THE MARINA BEFORE WE CAN LEGALLY RELEASE THE BOAT.
**PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE THE COURSE IN ADVANCE THIS MAY RESULT IN LESS TIME ON THE WATER WITH YOUR RENTAL**
As a nonresident, you must comply with the Florida boating safety education requirements. However, if you have proof, in the form of a certificate or card, that you have completed a NASBLA approved boater safety course from another state, you may use that in place of the Florida Boating Safety Card. Just please bring it with you on the day of your reservation!
You must be 21 years of age to rent a boat from us.
In order to operate one of our boats you must be 21 years of age, comply with the Florida state Boaters Safety Requirements (see above) and sign both our online and paper waiver.
Yes, each of our boats has a limit on the number of people allowed on the boat, please see the individual boat listing for that maximum capacity.
Our hours change seasonally based on sunset time, and we are typically open from 8 am to sunset 7 days a week.
For a full day (8 hour) rental you can choose a start time beginning at 8:00 am, through every half hour, until 8 hours before closing time. Example: if it is summertime when we are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm you can begin your rental at 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 or 12:00. Under this scenario, you cannot choose a start time for an 8-hour rental after 12:00 noon since we close at 8:00 pm.
The same logic applies to our 12, 10, 4, and 2 hour rentals.
Unfortunately, due to our tight scheduling, once you choose your start time it cannot be altered. Please just call us and let us know if you are going to be late so we don't assume you are a no show.
In order to ensure that you get out on the water for your rental on time, please arrive to the marina at least 30 minutes ahead of your scheduled rental time. That way, we will have time to complete the necessary paperwork and also plenty of time to thoroughly go through the boat with you. We always take the time to make sure that you are comfortable with everything on the boat before we send you out on the water and this can take some time.
A Florida saltwater fishing license is required to take, or attempt to take, saltwater fish, crabs, clams, marine plants or other saltwater organisms (other than non-living seashells and lionfish with certain gear).
Licenses and permits are available online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, in person at a license agent or tax collector's office or by calling toll-free 888-FISH-FLORIDA (888-347-4356).
Saltwater fishing license costs:
- Resident Annual: $17.00
- Resident Five-Year: $79.00
- Non-Resident Annual: $47.00
- Non-Resident 3-Day: $17.00
- Non-Resident 7-Day: $30.00
In addition to a fishing license, a no cost State Reef Fish Angler Designation is Required for anglers 16 and older fishing for certain reef fish from a private vessel in Florida. For more information, please read about the State Reef Fish Survey. No exemptions.
Please see our "Points of Interest" tab for all of our favorite destinations!
Dependent on the wind direction, the bay side is typically much calmer than the oceanside on a windy day. We have a comprehensive list of great bayside points of interest in the laminated notebooks that we provide on each of our boats and on our website under the "points of Interest" tab.
Unfortunately, no refunds will be issued based on inclement weather such as cloudy skies, wind, or rain, as the weather in the Florida Keys is very unpredictable and changes quite rapidly. Unfortunately, unless a small craft advisory is issued, our cancellation policies will apply.
Yes, every one of our boats have new touch screen Garmin GPS units, which are preprogrammed with waypoints and routes to all our suggested points of interest!
Before you depart on the boat in the morning, we will spend the time to make sure you are comfortable using the Garmin GPS. We also have laminated notebooks on each boat which have step by step instructions explaining how to operate the Garmin GPS units.
If you would like to bring your dog on the rental boat you must obtain permission ahead of time. We will consider allowing dogs on the boat on a case by case basis, based on the size of the dog, condition of the upholstery for that particular boat, etc.
Due to our insurance restrictions the use of any underwater breathing apparatus including all scuba gear, snubas, etc. is strictly prohibited.
For overnight rentals, if you would like to keep your boat at your chosen location instead of returning the rental boat to the marina each night you will need to call us at (305) 896-2219 to obtain prior approval. We will ask you where you will be keeping the boat and make sure you are familiar with properly tying up the boat at your chosen dock. As long as we are comfortable that the boat will be secured safely and properly we will allow you to keep you boat outside of our location overnight, you will just be required to sign a separate paper waiver agreeing to take responsibility for the boat for the times the boat is docked at your chosen location, instead of it being docked at our marina where we have 24 hour surveillance, sturdy dockage, etc.
Due to insurance restrictions, you cannot drive the boat in the dark, therefore the boat must be back at the dock at sunset and cannot go out again until after sunrise. We also request that you try and limit the use of the boat to 8 hours per day.
The customer is responsible for paying for the fuel they use during their rental period. The boat will be full of fuel when you leave for the day and you will be responsible for filling it back up at the fuel station at our marina when you return the boat for the day.
Yes, we would be happy to deliver the rental boat for multi-day rentals, please call us at (305) 896-2219 for associated fees.
Unfortunately, at this time, our insurance does not allow us to provide captains for the rental boats. We are only approved for "bareboat charters," meaning that you are the captain and are responsible for your own boat. However, please check back with us, because captains are something that we would like to offer our customers in the future!
We provide all Coast Guard required safety gear on all of our boats and also provide an anchor, anchor pole and dock lines. Furthermore, we rent fishing poles, coolers, floating mats, Go Pros with SD cards, snorkel masks and fins for a fee. There is also an onsite bait store that sells fishing supplies, as well as ice, snacks and drinks, and other sundries. Therefore, it is not necessary to bring very much with you, however, below is a list of items we suggest you consider bringing:
Towels, sunglasses, sunscreen, long sleeve shirt and hat for sun protection, snacks and plenty of water!
We Offer the Following Rental Add Ons:
-Snorkeling Gear (set including Mask, Snorkel, & Fins) $15 each set
-Fishing Poles (Spinner Rods and Conventional) $15 each
-GoPro Hero 9 w/ 8gb SD Card you get to keep! $50 per day
-48qt Igloo Cooler $20
-Lily Pad floating mat 15’x 6′ $50 per day
-Water Saddles $10 each or 4 for $30
There is a small Bait and Tackle Shop located here at the marina that sells all of the necessities that you would need for a great day of fishing.