Do I need a boat license?
No. There are no requirements to have a license unless you were born on or after Jan 1st, 1988; however, a Boater Education Card is highly preferred. The NC General Assembly passed GS 75A-16.2 in June 2009 to improve boating safety by requiring boating safety education prior to operating a vessel with a motor of 10 horsepower or greater.
Who drives the boat?
You! We do require that you have boating experience and are at least 27 years of age with valid driver’s license. Most often, our customers are boat owners themselves, have driven boats previously, or owned a boat at one time. We can assist in finding a driver if you choose to hire one. Drivers are paid separately — they DO NOT work for, or represent, Carolina Beach Pontoon Rental.
How much can we expect to pay in fuel?
The boat comes fully fueled. Typically, it costs between $30-$70, depending on what you do during your day on the water. Our boats have a 28-gallon gas tank and finding the right RPM for basic cruising will save on gas.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes! We just ask that you clean up behind them and keep them off the seats.
Where can we go?
We will provide you with a water-way map and are happy to offer tips and guidance about how you can enjoy your day on the water. The ICW has several shallow draft and shoaling areas. We will show you the local spots to anchor and swim. You can go as far north as the Topsail Island Bridge. ABSOLUTELY NO OCEAN, BACKWATER, OR RIVER EXCURSIONS.
Can we keep the boats overnight?
Unfortunately, no. This is for the safety of the renters, as well as our vessels.
Are there places to dock and eat on the ICW?
Yes! Carolina Beach Yacht Basin has a dock and dine restaurant. Wrightsville Beach offers many restaurants near the Wrightsville Beach Bridge. We always encourage you to bring snacks and drinks with you. Remember, it is an adventure!
We require a 24-hour advance notice for all cancellations. Reservations must be canceled at least 24 hours prior to rental time to receive a refund. Within that time frame, we will be happy to reschedule for another day/time, depending on availability. Cancellations are subject to a 10% fee. No-shows forfeit 100% of the rental.
Weather is always a factor for any outdoor activity. We do our best to work with you and mother nature to ensure you enjoy your day on the water. We will cancel your rental if the forecast looks poor or wind/water conditions are unsafe. If you decide to go out in poor weather, there are no refunds, but we will be happy to work with you to find an alternative plan.
Damages and Fees
Security/damage deposit is $400 and required at the time of booking. Our vessels are inspected before and after each use for damage. Renter is responsible for the total cost of ALL damages and down time, including other personal property or boats (be mindful of your wake!) caused while renting the pontoon boat. Damage fees are due upon return of vessel. Security deposit will be retained. If the total damage costs exceed the security deposit amount, the balance is due at that time.
- Beached vessel — $200 + overtime fees
- Down time (if the damage renders the vessel unrentable) — $350 per day until repaired.
- Damage to prop or engine — $300+ as quoted.
- Bimini top replacement — $1,050
- Missing and/or broken equipment, or any physical part of vessel — $250+ as quoted.
Late Rental Fee
Late returns are charged at a rate of 25% of rental fee for the first 30 minutes; thereafter, $50 for increments up to 15 minutes. We do not like to even have this policy, but there are other people waiting for their adventure to begin.