Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO RENT A BOAT?

A: YOU NEED TO BE A MINIMUM OF 25 YEARS OLD TO FORM A CONTRACT WITH PENSACOLA BEACH PONTOON BOAT RENTALS. ANY AGE CAN RIDE ALONG AS YOUR GUEST. WE WILL GO OVER ALL THE SAFETY FEATURES WITH YOU, GIVE YOU FULL INSTRUCTIONS AND RULES FOR BOATING ON THE EMERALD COAST.

Q: DO I NEED A BOATING LICENSE?

A: IF YOU WERE BORN PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 1988, YOU DO NOT NEED A BOATER’S LICENSE. IF YOU WERE BORN AFTER JANUARY 1, 1988, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE ONE. YOU CAN GET A FREE ONE ONLINE AT BOATUS.ORG

Q. WHAT IF I’VE NEVER DRIVEN A BOAT?

A: NO PROBLEM. IT’S SIMPLE – LIKE DRIVING A CAR. THE MAJORITY OF OUR RENTERS HAVE NEVER DRIVEN A BOAT BEFORE. WE GO THROUGH FULL INSTRUCTIONS WITH YOU TO INSURE THAT YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH DRIVING THE BOAT BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE DOCKS. THERE WILL BE DOCK ATTENDANTS HELPING YOU IN AND OUT OF THE SLIP WHEN YOU LEAVE AND ARRIVE BACK TO THE DOCKS.

Q: HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN FIT ON A PONTOON BOAT?

A: COAST GUARD LIMITS RENTAL OPERATIONS TO 16 PEOPLE MAX. EACH BREATHING HUMAN IS CONSIDERED A PASSENGER WHETHER THEY ARE A CHILD OR ADULT.

Q: WHAT SHOULD I BRING FOR A DAY OF FUN?

A: A DESIRE TO SOAK UP THE SUN! A WATERPROOF CAMERA, SUNSCREEN, PICNIC ITEMS, WATER TOYS I.E. SNORKEL & MASK, FRISBEE, FISH NET, TOWELS, SUNGLASSES, RADIO.

Q: CAN I BRING A PET?

A: YES. A MAXIMUM OF 2 PETS UNDER 60 POUNDS WITH AN ADDITIONAL $50 PER PET NON-REFUNDABLE PET CLEAN UP FEE ARE ALLOWED ON THE BOATS

Q: WHERE AM I ALLOWED TO GO?

A: YOU ARE ALLOWED TO TAKE THE BOAT CRUISING THROUGH THE INTER COASTAL WATERWAY. NO PONTOON BOATS ARE ALLOWED INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO. YOU ARE FREE TO GO TO THE END OF FORT PICKENS OR JUST CRUISE AROUND. 5 (five) Nautical miles from Pensacola Beach Marina is the limit. FOR YOUR SAFETY AND OUR INSURANCE REGULATIONS, WE DO NOT ALLOW ANYTHING TO BE PULLED BEHIND THE PONTOON BOAT. (EX. WATER-SKIS, TUBES, WAKE BOARDS) Also, please stay safe distance from Pensacola Naval Air Station. If you get too close, The Military Police may intervene!

Q: ARE WE ALLOWED TO BRING FOOD AND ALCOHOL?

A: YES. ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED ON THE BOAT, HOWEVER, NO GLASS BOTTLES AND MOST IMPORTANT, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO HAVE A DESIGNATED SOBER DRIVER. THE SAME LAWS APPLY FOR THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL AND DRUGS WHETHER YOU ARE DRIVING A BOAT OR A CAR. IT IS A VIOLATION OF FLORIDA LAW TO OPERATE A VESSEL WHILE IMPAIRED BY ALCOHOL OR DRUGS. IF PULLED OVER, A VESSEL OPERATOR SUSPECTED OF BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE MUST SUBMIT TO A SOBRIETY TEST AND PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL TEST TO DETERMINE BLOOD OR BREATH ALCOHOL CONTENT.

Q: DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR GAS?

A: YES! We send you off with a full tank. When you return back to Pensacola Beach Marina, The Dock Master and/or Pensacola Beach Pontoon Rental Staff will assist you in mooring the pontoon boat next to the fuel pumps. The Dock master will fill the tank back up and you may pay for the fuel with cash or Credit Card payable to Pensacola Beach Marina. DO NOT put fuel from any other location in the gas tank. A special blended fuel is used for marine engines.

Q: WHO MUST WEAR A LIFE JACKET?

A: WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND ALL PASSENGERS WEAR LIFE JACKETS WHILE THE BOAT IS IN MOTION. LIFE JACKETS ARE PROVIDED FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS, AND AVAILABLE IN MANY SIZES. IT IS REQUIRED BY FLORIDA LAW: A child under the age of 6 must wear a USCG-approved Type I, II or III personal flotation device while on board a vessel under 26 feet in length while the vessel is underway. “Underway” is defined as anytime except when the vessel is anchored, moored, made fast to the shore or aground.

Q: WHAT IF IT IS BAD WEATHER?

A: PENSACOLA BEACH PONTOON RENTALS WILL DETERMINE IF WEATHER IS CONSIDERED INCLEMENT, THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR CANCELLATIONS IF WE HAVE DETERMINED INCLEMENT WEATHER TO NOT BE SAFE TO OPERATE A PONTOON VESSEL.

Q: DO I NEED A RESERVATION? WHAT ABOUT REFUNDS?

A: YES, WE FILL UP QUICKLY DURING SUMMER SEASON AND RECOMMEND RESERVATIONS. CANCELLATIONS MUST CANCEL AT LEAST 7 DAYS – 24 hours WORST CASE, IN ADVANCE OR YOU WILL BE CHARGED FULL AMOUNT OF RENTAL. NO SHOWS WITHOUT NOTIFICATION WILL ALSO BE CHARGED FULL RENTAL PRICE.

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