Questions you need to ask: What
are you really getting for your money?
Businesses have to pay sales tax on boat rentals - ask
to see sales tax permit.
Insurance is required by law on ALL boat and jet ski
Vessel Livery Laws
31.111. operating vessel Livery ask to see their
What happens if you wreck or total the rental or get you
Are they operating out of a city park with or w/o
permission and no insurance?
Got all the proper equipment and registrations?
Overloaded? Speeding, unsafe driving and DUI's?
The renter does sign a contract stating they are
responsible for ALL damages, DUI's and fines.
Now, figure out how many guests you plan on inviting,
this will determine how big of a boat you need. Is your
group 1, 10, 15, 20 passengers or more? Pontoon boats
come in many sizes and are rated for a specific number
of people with so much weight. Some rental companies
rent you the boat with you as driver and some provide
their own driver. Drivers can be included in the price
(works on tips) and other charge per hour. Some rental
companies furnish gas at no additional charge and some
don't and you have to purchase fuel at their marina (3
to 5+ gal per hr. is avg) (how much per gallon?). Some
rental companies charge you a clean-up fee or a fee if
they find glass bottles. What are you really getting for
your money? Most recreational pontoon boats have round
pontoons and are not recommended for large groups or
commercial use. Commercial grade pontoon boats will have
a high weight capacity, this will give your group a
smoother and safer ride. Most recreational pontoon boats
are rated for 12 or less people with 1800 lbs MAX.
USCG-regulated average weight is now 185 lbs. per
person. Example: if a boat is rated for 19 persons or
2800 lbs., you would all have to average under 148 lbs.
and that does NOT includes ice chest, food, gear, etc.
or if there are 12 people at an average of 200 lbs. or
2400 lbs., now add the ice chest (s), food, gear and the
driver, so how much does everyone and everything weigh?
That 19-person boat just turned into a 12-passenger
boat. Now compare a pontoon boat with a weight capacity
plate of at least 4000 lbs. or more! Experienced boat
drivers know their weight capacity as wind and waves
play a large role in the safety, ride and handling of
the boat. Remember If the boat is maxed out or
overloaded with more people OR MORE WEIGHT than
recommended, this is dangerously unsafe, uncomfortable
and makes for a bad experience. Please get the proper
boat for your guests as too many are hiring the wrong
boat to save a few dollars.
For weight of your food and drinks, think about this:
16 oz. = 1 lb. or 1 case of 12 oz. cans = almost 20
lbs., 4 cases of drinks with ice and food weigh about
100 lbs. There are also different engine sizes,
different horsepower. Remember that loaded weight and
engine size/hp has everything to do with boat speed.
Please get the proper boat for your guests as too many
are hiring the wrong boat to save a few dollars.