6 boats for rent near Charlotte from $255


Black Boat Club motorboat. Photo courtesy of Corinna DeWitt

It’s boating season and companies recommend booking ahead if you want to spend some time on the water this summer.

Why is this important: Charlotte may be landlocked, but hydrophiles will find a way to be near water, whether it’s a pool, lake, ocean, or puddle. .

Things to know before you go: You can’t just stop at the lake, rent a boat and head out into the sunset.

  • Before driving, you must take a free boating safety course in line.
  • If you don’t have your boating safety certificate or don’t have a designated driver, many of these companies offer captains for an additional fee.

Here are seven boat rental companies to check out this summer:

1. black yacht club sells out every weekend and reservations are usually required a month in advance.

  • “Last year was our first year, and we were pretty full all season,” co-owner Tarrence Dent tells me.

The context: The couple Corinna DeWitt and Tarrence Dent started black yacht club in February 2021.

  • They have three boats – two pontoons and a sport boat.
  • DeWitt and Dent are looking to expand their fleet to meet demand.
  • They tell me they hope to work with other boat owners who want to rent out their boats to earn some extra cash on the side.

Details: The BBC is anchored primarily on Lake Norman, but will also visit Lake Wylie.

  • They offer three time slots on weekends: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($350), 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. ($350), or 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ($550). Weekday rental cost $310, and are available during the same time slots, but only for four hours.
  • Hiring a captain costs an additional $15.
  • Two-hour sunset cruises on Tuesdays and Thursdays for $250. It comes with the captain and you can add cheese/wine for $60.

Address: Based in Lake Norman, but they will bring the boat to you.

Best way to book: In line

black yacht club

Photo courtesy of Corinna DeWitt

2. Morning Star Marina offers a 10-seater tritoon for hire.

  • To note : A tritoon has three tubes on the hull of the boat and a pontoon has two tubes.

Price: $350 to $550 excluding taxes and fees.

  • Tubes are available to rent for an additional $50.

Address: 21660 Crown Lake Drive Cornelius, North Carolina

Best way to book: In line

3. Westport Marina has six-person speedboats and 10-person tritoons available for charter.

Price: $325 to $3,100 depending on the number of hours/days you wish to rent the pontoon, with a maximum rental period of seven days.

  • A speedboat rental costs between $255 and $2,700.
  • You can add tubing, kneeboards, water skis and a pontoon slide to your rental for an additional fee.

Address: 7879 Water Oaks Drive, Denver, North Carolina 28037

Best way to book: In line

4. Lake effects offers tritoons, ski boats, surf boats and jet skis for rent.

Price: Tritoons start at $469, ski boats start at $649, and jet ski rentals start at $199.

Address: 8693 NC Hwy 150, Terrell, NC 28682

Best way to book: In line

Ebenezer Park Lake Wylie

Courtesy of Ebenezer Park.

1. Boat hire on Lake Wylie offers pontoons that can accommodate up to eight people, and gas is included.

Price: $400 to $550 for a full day (9 hours).

  • $325-$375 for half a day (4 hours).

Address: 1500 River Drive, Belmont, North Carolina 28012

Best way to book: In line

2. Tega Cay Marina has 12-passenger pontoons available for rental, and the first tank of gas is included in the rental.

Price: They offer full day (eight hour), half day (four hour) and two hour rentals.

  • Monday to Thursday half day, $325.00.
  • Monday through Thursday all day, $375.00.
  • Friday – Sunday – full day, $450.00.
  • Full day holiday weekend, $575.00.
  • Holidays during the week, full day $575.00 or half day, $350.00.
  • Evening rentals from May 1 to September 30: Thursday to Sunday two hours, $250.00.

Address: 28000 Marina Drive Tega Cay, South Carolina 29708

Best way to book: By phone 803-547-2218 or by email [email protected]

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