Frequently asked questions

1)  Can we use a Big Pine Key Boat Rentals rental boat for night fishing?


No, our insurance does not cover the boats out after dark and the boats do not have navigation lights. You will be asked to sign a form stating that you understand and accept this rule and are liable for any and all damage including property damage and personal injury.




2) How far can we take the boat?


You are allowed to venture out 15 miles from our dock. We will show you how far that is on a nautical chart when you pick up your rental.




3)  Do I need a Boaters’ License?


You do if you were born after Jan 1, 1988. This is a Florida State Law. A Boaters’ License from another state is fine, or you can take a quick 20 question test through FWC that will give you a temporary license to operate boats and jet skis for 90 days. The Lifetime Boater Safety Certification through FWC takes about 3 hours and is accepted throughout the US.




4)  I have only operated a boat in fresh water, is that a problem?


Not really, we will go over the meaning of our navigational markers before you take the boat out, but the basics are all the same. Stay on top of the water, and don’t hit anything!




5)  Can we use a Big Pine Key Boat Rentals boat to tow waterskis?


No, our rental boat insurance does not cover towing anything behind the boat




6)  What is there to do on a boat?


You can fish, lobster, cruise around, go snorkeling, hang out at a sandbar, or visit a waterfront restaurant




7)  Do the boats have GPS?


The boats are all equipped the same: GPS chart plotter, depthsounder, cooler, anchor, dive flag, and all Coast Guard safety gear.




8) Can we sleep on the boat?


All of our boat at Big Pine Key Boat Rentals are day cruisers and are not set up as liveaboards.




9) Can we keep the boat where we are staying if we have it for multiple days?


Yes, depending on the water access to the dock. Some areas of the Keys have deep water at the dock, but the access to get there can be treacherous. The best thing to do is call with the address and we will let you know whether it is safe to take the boat to your rental house or not. If you cannot kep it at the location you are staying it can stay at our dock, which is an open marina and our boats are free to come and go as you please.




10)  Is it cheaper to rent during the week?


No, our rates are always the same. Almost everyone renting a boat in the Keys is on vacation. The locals usually have one or two boats at a minimum!