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Rental Class

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Thank you for renting with Boats and Fun. We are super excited to see you soon.  

To prepare for your rental day and get you out on the water efficiently we have a few things to do:
- Watch the Videos 
- Review Basic Rules
- Take and Pass Final Test
Video 1

This first video goes over the basics that you must know for your rental, no the location you are renting from. This 20 minute video will teach you everything you need to be ready for the final test.

Video 2

This video is required for all rentals from North Captiva Island.  The harbor entrance to the island is a bit tricky, on this video you will see exactly what it looks like.

Video 3

Here you can see the basics of how to dock like a professional! 

Extra Credit!

If you want to also sound like a pro watch this one

Important Rental Rules
  • Boats are not allowed on the gulf side of the barrier islands, you must keep the boat on the bay side.

  • Boats must be docked every night before 5PM, this includes multi day rentals. Even if you are keeping the boat at your own house. 

  • Rental boats are not allowed to tow anything behind them. (no pulling tubes, water skis or other boats)

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Boater's License Requirements Florida:

Anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 who operates a vessel powered by 10 horsepower or more must pass an approved boater safety course and have in his/her possession photographic identification and a boating safety education identification card issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or A non-resident must have in his or her possession proof that he or she has completed a NASBLA-approved boater safety course or equivalency examination from another state.

Required Final Test

Now that you have have watched and read everything you are ready for the test.  Good Luck!! 

  • What are our hours?
    North Captiva Office - 9am - 5pm Reservations Officer - 9am - 5pm Regular Water Taxi and Tours - 10am - 4pm After Hours Water Taxi - 24hrs a day Boats and Fun Emergency line 24hrs a day
  • Can I buy merchandise online?
    Yes! you can find it at Shop.boatsandfun.com
  • Post Hurricane Ian - Are you Renting Boats?
    Yes we are! We are back open and renting boats on North Captiva, Pine Island and delivering to all the areas we serve! =)
  • Post Hurricane Ian - Are you open on North Captiva?
    Yes we are! Our store was totally rebuild and fully open every day 9AM to 5PM
  • Post Hurricane Ian - Are you running water taxis?
    Yes we are! we are back 100% on our water taxi service! give us a call to book a trip =)
  • Post Hurricane Ian - Are you Renting Golf Carts?
    Yes we are! Our store was totally rebuild and fully open every day 9AM to 5PM
  • Post Hurricane Ian - is the Gift Shop on North Captiva open?
    Yes it is! Please come by and say hi! And our online store is also open and ready to ship everything. shop.boatsandfun.com
  • Available Hours
    9am - 5pm in store. Phone calls are available during regular hours. We do have an after hours phone option for emergencies.
  • Post Hurricane Ian - Is Boats and Fun on North Captiva Open?
    Yes it is! we are putting the final touches on the gift shop but we are fully open and ready for everyone =)
  • What is the return policy?
    As long as the merchandise is still in good condition with the tag on, you're good! The only return we cannot accept it swimwear.
  • What form of payment do you accept?
    We accept all major cards, digital payments and cash.
  • Where is the store on North Captiva?
    We are right next to the Island Club at North Captiva & Mangos. 551 Rum Road Captiva Fl
  • What do you rent on North Captiva?
    We rent boats that can carry a capacity of 10-12 people. We also rent kayaks, bikes, paddle board, and fishing poles. Equipment rented same day must be returned by 5PM.
  • How much time should I budget to get from the airport to North Captiva?
    About 2 hours. During spring break the airport can be busier, so anticipate more time to be needed then.
  • We are coming for vacation what should we bring?
    You can shop ahead for groceries or you can have them delivered to the island. We recommend to pack more food than clothing. During the spring/early summer months the weather will start to get hot and humid. During the winter months our temperatures usually hover between 70~80. We do get colder weather occasionally.
  • What are the rental times and and docking times?
    Single day - Rental times are from 9AM to 5PM. Multi-Day rentals - First day the rental starts at 9AM after the first day, boats may be used from sunrise to 5PM, all rental boats must be docked for the night by 5PM every day, at Boats and Fun or a suitable, safe dock for the night that has been approved by Boats and Fun.
  • Is a Boater’s License Required?
    Anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 who operates a vessel powered by 10 horsepower or more must pass an approved boater safety course and have in his/her possession a drivers license and a boating safety education identification card issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or A non-resident must have in his or her possession proof that he or she has completed a NASBLA-approved boater safety course or equivalency examination from another state.
  • Weather Policy - Refund for bad weather
    Boats and Fun reserves the right to cancel rentals due to inclement or impending bad weather. Boat Rentals are not allowed out when there is a small craft advisory. Rental charges will only be prorated on short term rentals: Long term rentals (longer than 4 days) will not receive a proration on the rental. Long term rentals assume the risk of not being able to use the boat when events arise that are beyond the control of the lessor and receive a better daily rate based on this risk. Short term rentals (shorter than 4 days) will receive a proration based on days that boats were allowed out.
  • Cancellation Policy
    The reservation can be canceled at any time until 20 days prior to the service day at 9:00 AM, without any charge. After that you will be subject to the following charges: Between 20 days and 3 days prior to the initial service date: 20% of the total rental Between 3 days and 1 day prior to the initial service date: 50% of the total rental Less than 24 hours prior to the initial service date or non-appearance at the time of service: 100% of the total service rate will be charged to your credit card. Boats and Fun reserves the right to cancel rentals due to inclement or impending bad weather. Rental charges will be prorated based on: Long term rentals (longer than 4 days) will not receive a proration on the rental. Long term rentals assume the risk of not being able to use the boat when events arise that are beyond the control of the lessor and receive a better daily rate based on this risk. Short term rentals (shorter than 4 days) will receive a proration based on days that boats were allowed out.
  • What is the biggest boats I can rent?
    The rental boats have a capacity range of 10 to 12 people. Children/Infants count toward the capacity total.
  • What is the largest motor in your fleet?
    Currently our 24 ft Hurricane has the largest motor at 225 HP.
  • Where could I take the rental boat?
    Navigation of power boats is confined to inland and intracoastal waterways (east side of the barrier islands, rental boats are not allowed on the open gulf side of the barrier islands) extending from Boca Grande to the Lighthouse of Sanibel, FL.
  • Can they go in the Gulf?
    No. Insurance regulations prevent the boats from going offshore.
  • Can I fish off the boat?
    Yes! You will also need a saltwater fishing license. https://license.gooutdoorsflorida.com/Licensing/CustomerLookup.aspx
  • Is there a deposit?
    Yes, it is $1,000 but it is not due at the time of booking. The deposit can only be run on a card (credit or debit)
  • Can I split the deposit?
    No. The deposit can only be run on one card.
  • What is included?
    All safety equipment including first aid kits, air horns, life jackets. The rental also includes a in person lesson of the area and a booklet with charts of the area.
  • Do I need a lesson if I have rented previously?
    Yes. We always like to ensure everyone is up to date with navigation rules and changes.
  • What is the age requirement to rent?
    25. The name on the drivers license and credit card (that the authorization is run on) need to match.
  • Can I return the boat to a different location from the pickup?
    All rentals must be picked and returned at the same location.
  • Do I need a Drivers License:
    Anyone renting must have in his/her possession a current and valid driver’s license. Photocopies or pictures will not be accepted.
  • Who can drive?
    Only the renter with a contract and security deposit on their name is allowed to drive.
  • Is there Pre-rental boating lesson?
    Boating classes are required for all renters regardless of the experience or the previous rental history. Based on the participation, engagement and successful or unsuccessful completion of this class and at the discretion of the captain giving the class, a boat rental can be canceled or terminated at the time.
  • Is fuel included?
    Fuel Is not included on the rental rate, boats must be returned with a full tank of fuel.
  • What happens if I return the boat late?
    Boats must be returned at the latest by 5PM, late returns will be charged at a rate of $150 per half hour.
  • What is the age requirement?
    25 to rent and also drive. A drivers license is required at all times.
  • How do I charge it?
    Plug it into a regular house outlet. The cord to charge the cart is included.
  • Where should I not drive?
    Do not drive through large or small puddles. Doing so can cause the cart to get damaged and become unresponsive. Do not drive through loose sugar sand or on the beach.
  • What kind of golf carts are they?
    Electric Club Cart Tempos.
  • What is the max capacity?
    The golf carts can only hold 4 people. Putting more than 4 on a cart can damage the cart and possibly cause the renter to lose the deposit.
  • When does the rental start?
    The rental starts on the day of the rental reservation through the day of the return.
  • What do I need to pick it up?
    The renter that booked the cart is required to be present at pick up and drop off.
  • What is a single day rental time?
    9am - 5pm
  • What times do Water Taxis run?
    We run 24hrs a day!
  • What is the late Policy?
    Please keep in contact with us if you encounter a delay. Our office number is (800) 991 3259, we will do our best to try to adjust to your new arrival time. If we are not contacted with time and a Captain is waiting, there will be a $50 charge per every half hour.
  • Are all your captains licensed?
    Yes! they are all Coast Guard licensed and insured. They are also in a random drug testing consortium.
  • What is the Maximum people a captain can take?
    The Coast Guard limits us to 6 passengers max. According to the Coast Guard, a person is considered anyone between a newborn and a full adult.
  • Car Parking
    Parking: Not included. Must arrange ahead of time.
  • Is there a Cargo Limit?
    Please note each passenger is allowed 1 full size piece of luggage, one smaller bag and a few bags of groceries. Please pack efficiently as all Cargo must be loaded in and out of the boats and then onto golf carts all by hand. The boat has a cargo trunk about the size of the the trunk an SUV. Just make sure everything on your group would fit in the back of an SUV.
  • Where does the water taxi normally run?
    Our water taxis run to: North Captiva Island, Pine Island, Captiva Island, Sanibel Island and Boca Grande. We can also do custom trips to pretty much anywhere in south west florida.
  • Weather Resources
    Marine Forecast Local Radar Boats and Fun - North Captiva Live Weather Tides and Currents Weather Forecast Red Fish Pass - SCCF (Live Weather Station on the Intracoastal waterway) National Hurricane Center
  • How do I get a fishing License?
    Fishing License Online Fishing License by Phone 1 888 347 4356 Florida Fishing Regulations Florida Wildlife Commission
  • Great North Captiva Links
    North Captiva Island Club Resort Properties International Beach Vacation 4 Me Upper Captiva Civic Association
  • Weather Policy
    All water related activities are suspended when lightning is within 10 Miles or within 15 Miles moving your way. All Water related activities are suspended when dense fog or low visibility (less than 4nm visibility) is present. Boat Rentals will be suspended when a small craft advisory is issued by the coast guard or national weather service.

If you have more questions here we have some FAQs

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