Pontoon Boat Tips & FAQs

Pontoon Boat Rentals Tips and FAQ

What is included when renting pontoon boat?

  • USCG safety gear
  • Full tank of gas
  • Charts of the local waterways
  • The boat is equipped with a Bimini top (shade canopy)

What should I bring?

  • Cameras
  • Sunscreen
  • Beach towels
  • Snorkeling or fishing gear
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Coolers with food and beverages
  • Glass bottles are not permitted

Tips for Operating a Boat in Destin

Do I need special certifications to operate a pontoon boat in Destin?

If your birthday was on or after January 1, 1988, you are required to have a boater’s license at the time of rental. If you don’t have one already, please come prepared by completing the required digital forms or take a simple half hour boating safety course upon arrival. The Florida State – Approved Boat Rental Course, must be completed before departure and the prices is $8.99 to complete digital form prior to arrival. We recommend completing all digital forms before arrival to help expedite your check-in process! For anyone born before 1988, a boater’s license for this rental is not required and you will be asked to provide a driver’s license to verify age.

Will there be a deposit required when renting a Crab Island Pontoon Boat?

Yes. We expect all customers to be always be safe and respect our equipment, but a $500 damage deposit is due when renting a pontoon boat for a half day adventure or reserving a pontoon rental for the entire day.

Florida State–Approved Boat Rental Course

This Boat Education Course must be completed before license will be issued and Pontoon Boat rentals are allowed to depart. This boat safety course can be completed in online before arrival for $9.99.

Is renting a boat a kid-friendly option?

Absolutely! In fact, even your four-legged “kids” can join you for the ride. Our pontoon boats are so safe and simple to operate that even kids can take a turn at the wheel. The stability of the boat makes it easy to corral even very young children while you’re in motion. It’s also easy to disembark for a swim or an exploratory expedition on a beach.

What else do I need to know about Crab Island boat rentals?

The boat’s renter is required to be more than 18 years old, but there is no age limit for passengers. Our staff members will give you the simple demo of how to drive the boat before you take off, and you will be good to go! We will also familiarize you with the boat’s safety equipment (such as the personal floatation devices required by the U.S. Coast Guard). We will also be happy to go over the chart (water map) of the waters around Destin before you head out. Ask for the inside tips of local favorites and you will find some spots the tour boat crowds never see!

Why rent pontoon boat from Wet-N-Wild Watersports?

When you rent one of our comfortable pontoon boats, you make the entire Destin seascape your own playground. Rather than being held to the schedule (and expense!) of a tour boat operator, you can set the agenda AND the course of sail! You and your group can enjoy each other’s company without being crowded onto a deck full of other tourists. Crab Island Pontoon Boats can be reserved for a half day or full day.

By renting our pontoon boats and captaining them on your own, you give yourself the freedom to enjoy vacation at your own pace, instead of being at the mercy of a tour boat captain and crowded with other tourists. Enjoy the emerald waters of Destin and the Gulf coast without picking from the fixed menu of the tour boats. Embrace the freedom of doing it your way. Click here and see what our customers have to say.