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Boats

Depends. Anyone born AFTER January 1st, 1988 must pass a Florida approved safe boaters course in order to OPERATE the boat which we have here on site or we HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to take the test ahead of time by clicking here: https://www.boat-ed.com/floridarental/. If you must take it in person, you must arrive ONE hour prior to your reserved time. 30 Min early if you take the test online.

You must be at least 21 years of age or older to OPERATE or DRIVE the boat.  But keep in mind, you can be as young as 18 to RENT the vessel as long as you have someone over the age of 21 years old to OPERATE it for you.

The only things you will need to bring with you the day of your rental is:

  • Drivers License or Government Issued Photo I.D.
  • Credit card (There is a $500 damage deposit due at the time of your rental)
  • Cell phones just in case you get lost, have any questions, or want to stay out longer.
  • Any food or drinks you want to take along for your cruise. (No alcohol is to be consumed by any person operating the vessel)
  • Bluetooth speaker if you’d like to listen to music while on board.
  • Pets are allowed but you will be responsible for any damages they may have caused on the boat.
  • (Sorry no towables, i.e. skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, etc. allowed due to insurance reasons).  

We give you one of the largest ranges of all the boat rentals in the area that you can go and explore as we allow you to go approx. 26 miles up and down the intercoastal waterways.

Our north boundary is Clearwater Pass (Approx. 1.5 hours north of us by boat), and our south boundary is Shell Key Preserve (a.k.a Shell Island) approx. 45-50 min. south of us by boat with many scenic areas in between. Our south boundary is our most popular destination as Shell Key Preserve was rated Best Beach in America by Travel Channel at one point.

Only way to get there is by boat, so you can pull up, drop anchor, walk up and down the beach, collect sand dollars, sharks teeth, sea horses, and of course, Shells at Shell Island. Very beautiful destination. There are also many restaurants you can pull into along the way to get some food and drinks in either the north or south directions. Due to insurance regulations, boats are not allowed into the Gulf of Mexico.

Sorry, but NO boats are allowed into the GULF of MEXICO due to insurance regulations.

We provide you with everything you will need including all safety equipment, a navigational map/chart, a GPS navigation system, full instruction, and boat orientation.

Yes.  All boats leave our location completely topped off with fuel. Fuel is $3.50 per gallon currently (subject to change) and is a separate charge due at the end of your rental. Generally, you will burn 2 (two) to 4 (four) gallons of gas per hour depending on how fast and how hard you drive the boat and how many passengers/gear you have on board.

For Boats: If cancelled / rescheduled within 24 hours a $100.00 fee per boat will be charged to the credit card holding the reservation (waived in the case of foul weather). If a party will be arriving late the marina must be notified so we don’t consider the party a no-show! If no-show* on day of rental, the full charge for the boat(s) reserved will be applied to the credit card. PLEASE ARRIVE 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR RESERVED TIME. •Foul weather is determined by marina staff based on a combination of real time observations and National Weather Service predictions. Do not assume the local TV weather report is accurate, call marina for official foul weather determination. Isolated / unforeseen rain encountered during the time a rental boat is being used is not a reason for discount or refund. **A no-show is considered over one hour late for a half day rental or over two hours late for a full day rental. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your reserved time.

We are located inside John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk BEHIND “Scully’s” and “The Hut” Restaurants. We recommend you park your vehicle(s) across the Street from the Entrance of “The Hut” Restaurant or in the Parking Garage Located by “Hooters” and “Bubba Gump” Restaurants. All parking areas are metered or have attendants so parking is an extra fee in all of John’s Pass. Please keep in mind that John’s Pass is a very popular tourist destination and parking is limited especially during Holiday Weekends or Special events so plan to arrive early so you can arrive on time to our destination in order to go out during your scheduled time. Remember, 30 min early if you already have proof of passing the online safe boaters course and one hour early if you must take the test in person.

Waverunners

Depends. Anyone born AFTER January 1st, 1988 must pass a Florida approved safe boaters course in order to OPERATE the waverunner which we have here on site or we HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to take the test ahead of time by clicking here: https://www.boat-ed.com/floridarental/. If you must take it in person, you must arrive ONE hour prior to your reserved time. 30 Min early if you take the test online.

https://www.boat-ed.com/floridarental/. If you must take it in person, you must arrive ONE hour prior to your reserved time. 30 Min early if you take the test online.

You must be at least 18 years old with a valid photo ID and credit card that matches the ID to rent a waverunner. You can be as young as 14 years old with a valid photo ID to OPERATE the waverunners (Anyone 14-17 years of age must have parent/legal guardian present to sign paperwork) and you would be required to take and pass a State Approved test. Anyone born AFTER January 1st, 1988 must pass a Florida approved safe boaters course in order to OPERATE the waverunners which we have here on site or we HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to take the test ahead of time by clicking here: https://www.boat-ed.com/floridarental/. If you must take it in person, you must arrive ONE hour prior to your reserved time. 30 Min early if you take the test online.

Each Waverunner holds up to 3 passengers or 500 lbs. Max. each (No Extra Charge for Passengers)

We allow you to take the waverunners into the Gulf of Mexico (Weather Permitting) as well as the intercoastal waterways. The Gulf riding area (Weather Permitting) stretches approx. 8 miles up and down the beaches and the intercoastal riding area is approx. a 2 mile area to ride in. Keep in mind, you are not allowed to stop along the shore or beach area during your ride. So no picking up additional passengers or switching out drivers etc. due to insurance regulations.

DEPENDS. Anyone born after January 1st,1988 must pass a Florida approved safe boaters course in order to OPERATE the waverunners. We HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to take the test ahead of time by clicking here: https://www.boat-ed.com/floridarental/. If you must take it in person, you must arrive ONE HOUR prior to your reserved time. Arrive 30 minutes early if you take the test online.

The test Onsite is 25 questions, multiple choice, and takes approx. 15 minutes to complete and the cost is $3.00. The test is good for one full year from the date you take it and is good for the entire State of Florida. A photo I.D. is also required. Passengers do not need to take a test as long as they do NOT OPERATE the waverunner.

The only things you will need to bring with you the day of your rental is:

  • Anyone that will be OPERATING a Waverunner needs to bring their Photo ID’s.
  • A Major Credit card that matches your Photo ID is needed for anyone paying for the rental. (No Damage deposit required but we do hold your Credit Card information on file during your trip duration in case of any damage)
  • Cell phones just in case you get lost, have any questions, or want to stay out longer.
  • (Sorry no towables, i.e. skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, etc. allowed due to insurance reasons).  

We provide you with everything you need including life jackets, a safety briefing/orientation and free locker for your belongings. Fuel is also included in the rental price.

We are located inside John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk BEHIND “Scully’s” and “The Hut” Restaurants. We recommend you park your vehicle(s) across the Street from the Entrance of “The Hut” Restaurant or in the Parking Garage Located by “Hooters” and “Bubba Gump” Restaurants. All parking areas are metered or have attendants so parking is an extra fee in all of John’s Pass. Please keep in mind that John’s Pass is a very popular tourist destination and parking is limited especially during Holiday Weekends or Special events so plan to arrive early so you can arrive on time to our destination in order to go out during your scheduled time. Remember, 30 min early if you already have proof of passing the online safe boaters course and one hour early if you must take the test in person.

For Waverunners/Jet Skis: If cancelled / rescheduled within 24 hours a $20.00 fee per waverunner will be charged to the credit card holding the reservation (waived in the case of foul weather). If a party will be arriving late the marina must be notified so we don’t consider the party a no-show! If no-show* on day of rental, the full charge for the waverunners(s) reserved will be applied to the credit card since we are holding the waverunner(s) here for you. •Foul weather is determined by marina staff based on a combination of real time observations and National Weather Service predictions. Do not assume the local TV weather report is accurate, call marina for official foul weather determination. Isolated / unforeseen rain encountered during the time a rental boat is being used is not a reason for discount or refund.

**A no-show is considered over 15 minutes late for your reserved time slot. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your reserved time.

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