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Things to bring when renting a boat:
What are the Pontoon boat departure times?
- • Cooler with food & drinks
- • Ice
- • Cell Phone
- • Credit Card/money
- • Photo ID>
- • iPod & iPod Auxillary Cable
- • CD's
- • Camera
- • Sun Screen/Tan Lotion, Dramamine (if you get sea sick easy)
- • Sunglasses, Towels, Waterproof sealable bags,
Watch (to keep track of time)
- • Water Toys, floats, water noodles, goggles, bucket, nets, balls
- • Fishing equipment and Florida Salt Water fishing license.
Spring Break Departure times (March-April) are any block between 9am-6pm
At What age can I operate a vessel?
Summer Departure times (May-October) are:
• Morning session: any 4 hour block between 8am-2pm
•Afternoon session: any 4 hour block between 2pm-6:30pm
•All day session: any 8 hour block between 8am-6:30pm
Offseason Departure times (November-February) are any block between 9am-4:30pm
The person signing the contract must be 18, have a valid ID, & credit card.
If the driver is born after January 1, 1988; they must present a boating safety education identification card issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or the equivalent from another state. Visitors from out of state who do not have a card issued by
their home state can take a Temporary Certificate test. Luther's does offer the temporary Boater's Safety Course. If you need to take the Boater's Safety Course, please allow plenty of time for this, so that you can depart on time.
Where are we allowed to go with rental equipment?
You are not allowed to go into the Gulf of Mexico with any of our equipment. You can go wherever you want in the Choctawhatchee bay, which includes the Destin Harbor & any of the bayous.
What is your cancellation policy?
We ask for a 24 hour cancellation notice, except in the case of inclement weather, on the day of your boat rental.
What is the weather doesn't look good on the day of our rental?
If the your trip is cancelled due to weather, we try to do our best to reschedule you, based on availability. If you know the weather is not going to work on the day of your appointment, please feel free to call ahead to reschedule.
Can we bring alcohol onto the vessel?
Alcohol is allowed on the boat. Please make sure you have a designated driver. It is a violation of Florida law to operate a vessel while impaired by alcohol or other drugs. If pulled over, a vessel operator suspected of boating under the influence must submit to sobriety tests and a physical or chemical test to determine blood or breath alcohol content. In Florida, a vessel operator is presumed to be under the influence if their blood or breath alcohol level is at or above .08. Any person under 21 years of age who is found to have a breath alcohol level of .02 or higher and operates or is in actual physical control of a vessel is in violation of Florida law.
Can we fishing on the boat?
You need to have a Florida fishing license, unless you qualify for any of the following:
1. Any child under 16 years of age.
2. Any resident who is a member of the United States Armed Forces and not stationed in this state, when home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders.
3. Any resident 65 years of age or older who has in her or his possession proof of age and residency or a no-cost Florida Resident Senior Citizen license. A no-cost license may be obtained from any tax collector's office upon proof of age and residency and must be in the possession of the resident during hunting, freshwater fishing, and saltwater fishing activities.
Who must wear a life jacket?
Any child under the age of six (6) must wear a U.S.C.G. approved flotation device (PFD) while onboard 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.
Each person operating, riding on, or being towed behind a personal watercraft must wear a U.S.C.G approved personal flotation device (PFD). Inflatable personal flotation devices are prohibited for personal watercraft use.
Each person operating or riding a kayak must wear a U.S.C.G approved personal flotation device (PFD).
What is a no wake zone?
Any vessel operating in a speed zone posted as "Idle Speed - No Wake" must operate at the minimum speed that allows the vessel to maintain headway and steerageway. The vessel's wake must be a minimum.
Do you have parking?
We have dockside parking for our customers. We prefer to have a maximum of 2 vehicles per boat. We can accommodate more vehicles. We have our crew that will have everything unloaded by the time you group is done filling out the paperwork. Don't worry about unloading your supplies. We'll have that unloaded for you and taken to your car. Remember, you're on vacation!
What is there to do on a boat?
It's really up to you on what you want to do, but here are a couple of ideas. Hang out & socialize on Crab Island. Dock at a restaurant to eat. Beach the boat at Noriega Point. Cruise the Bay. Do a harbor tour of the boats and houses. Site see the mansions in the bayous. Fish. Dolphin Cruise. Crab Hunt. Snorkel. Scuba. Swim. Tan in the sun. It's endless.
Destin is an undisputed fisherman's paradise, such that Destin has earned the reputation as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village." Destin is located on the Emerald Gulf Coast in Northwest Florida (e.g., the Florida "Panhandle"). Located halfway between Pensacola and Panama City, beautiful Destin boasts over 24 miles of sugar white sand and extraordinary baby blue waters teeming with underwater life. Destin Harbor is among Florida's largest and most elaborately equipped harbors. With over 110 charter boats, it the largest charter fishing fleet in Florida, if not in the nation.
Destin traces its roots back through American Indians and Spanish explorers, and once was a popular pirates' playground for infamous buccaneers such as William Augustus Bowles (a.k.a., "Billy Bowlegs"). However, its recent history can be tied to Captain Leonard Destin who settled in Northwest Florida about 1845 and pioneered the fishing industry here. Destin has maintained its fishing heritage up to the present, and celebrates it annually through Destin Fishing Rodeo, a month long fishing tournament held each October.
What is Crab Island?
Crab Island is an underwater boating and party island located on the North side of the Destin bridge, approximately 5 minutes away from our docks. As you cross the Destin bridge, from April to October you will see anywhere from 10 to 200 boats anchored in the bay. This is where everyone anchors up to spend the day on the water. Crab Island depth can range from 2 to 10 feet deep, depending on where you anchor. Better get there early, otherwise you might not be in the middle of the party.
During the summer, there is a restaurant/snack barge selling hamburgers and fast food. They also have a huge water trampoline. By boat, vendors sell pizza, ice cream, boiled peanuts, and steamed shrimp. Sometimes, there is a barge out there with live bands & free swag. It's a total blast!
What holidays fall under holiday pricing?
- Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)
- Billy Bowlegs (Usually first Saturday in June)
- Fouth of July Weekend (This will vary depending on the what day it falls on)
- Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)