Information On Charter Boat Rentals
Frequently asked questions
Where are you located?
All of our boats are docked in the Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe. Your confirmation will have the exact address as well as instructions on how to find us once you get to the marina.
Can we get picked up somewhere else?
If you have a safe and accessible private dock, then we usually can pick you up there. We do charge for travel time to and from your location. Most public docks do not allow access. Please contact us to discuss.
What is your cancellation policy?
It’s different for every boat for exact info please read this or contact us:
Do you allow dogs?
We LOVE dogs and we do allow well behaved dogs on the boats with prior approval and a $30 fee per dog. We ask that you bring a blanket to ensure that your dog stays off of the upholstery. Additional fees may be applied for damage (very expensive) or cleaning. Dogs are not allowed on land in the State Parks like Emerald Bay. Dog boarding is also available locally at Tahoe Best Friends.
Can I bring alcohol?
Yes, you are welcome to bring any food and beverages you would like on board. Please drink responsibly and legally.
Are lifejackets (PFDs) included?
Yes, all required safety equipment is provided. Children 12 and under are required to wear one at all times. Everyone must wear one while participating in water sports. You are welcome to bring your own if you would like.
Do you rent boats so that I can drive myself?
No, we only offer private boat charters and we require a US Coast Guard licensed Master Captain with a valid Merchant Mariner Credential. All Captains are also required to be on a USCG approved Drug & Alcohol Testing and Prevention Program as well as be CPR and First Aid Certified.
Do your Captains accept tips/gratuity?
Yes, and we do require a minimum of 18% gratuity. Our Captains are highly qualified, experienced, safe, and fun and will show you an amazing time during your charter on Lake Tahoe. It is important to us that we are up front with you about expectations and costs. Please contact us right away if there were any issues at all with your boat tour. Tips are preferred in cash or Venmo directly to your Captain, but we can add it to your card if you need.
What additional costs should I plan for?
Gratuity – 18% minimum gratuity required
Fuel – Fuel is included in the rate
Taxes – There are no taxes for our services
Equipment Rentals – included – each boat comes with different amenities.
What is a Bareboat Charter?
A Bareboat Charter is required by the US Coast Guard for having more than 6 passengers on an uninspected passenger vessel for hire. This means that you will be renting and responsible for the boat yourself and hiring/paying the Captain separately. We can help you find a qualified and approved Captain for your charter and have a list available. We do require a USCG Master licensed Captain that meets all of our requirements. You will also have an additional Bareboat Charter agreement that you as the charterer must sign. Please contact us with any questions.
Do the boats have a stereo system or Bluetooth?
Yes, all of our boats have an onboard stereo system with Bluetooth.
Is free parking available?
Yes, currently parking is free at the Tahoe Keys Marina. Parking does fill up quickly though so please arrive early to insure we can get you started on time. If the parking lot is full, there is free street parking as well. Please do not park in the Fresh Ketch Restaurant parking.
What boat is right or my group?
Do you offer Travel Insurance?
Yes, please see our Cancellation Policy and Travel Insurance page here for more information.
What food and beverages are provided?
We encourage you to bring any food and beverages you would like on board, but we do not provide anything. See our local catering recommendations here.
Can we cook, grill, or bbq on the boat?
Not on most of the boats. The 33’ Deluxe Powerboat does come with a grill for cooking. Minimum of a 3 hour booking required to use the grill with a 4 hour minimum recommended.
What water sports and toys are included?
Each boat comes with its own amenities.
24’ – 28’ Powerboats – Include equipment for wake boarding, water skiing, and tubing with our multiperson towable tube. Wetsuits are also included. Children, youth, and adult sized skis and wake boards are on board. We are not allowed to use any other towable tube besides the ones we provide.
33’ Deluxe Powerboat – 3 paddle boards and an inflatable floating mat for playing in the water while at anchor. You are welcome to bring additional floaties or inflatables on this boat if you would like. We cannot tow behind this boat.
“Vivid Dreams” Party boat – a roll out floating mat is included for playing in the water while at anchor. We cannot tow behind this boat.
Can we join another group or buy a ticket?
No, we only offer private boat charters. See our recommended other activities here.
What are your rates?
Rates vary by boat, day of the week, number of hours booked, and time of season. Please click here to explore the different boats calendars, rates, and availabilities or contact us.
How many passengers are allowed?
24’ – 28’ Powerboats – up to 6 passengers as a regular charter or up to 9 as a Bareboat Charter. We have multiple of these boats so that your group may charter multiple at a time.
33’ Deluxe Powerboat – up to 6 passengers as a regular charter or up to 10 as a Bareboat Charter.
40’ “Vivid Dreams” Party boat – up to 35 passengers.
Are there bathrooms on your boats?
Yes, all of our boats have an onboard bathroom. The regular powerboats are small.