Frequently asked questions
What kind of boats do you rent?
We currently rent 2020, 24 foot Bentley pontoon boats. These boat are powered by Mercury 115 horsepower four stroke engines. They are equipped with bimini tops that cover the back half of the boat for shade during those warm summer days. They also have stereos with bluetooth, so feel free to bring along your favorite tunes.
How many people can your boats accommodate?
Our Bentley pontoons can safely hold a maximum of 14 people. This is restricted to maximum of 10 adults. We consider anyone over the age of 12 an adult for weight purposes. The United States Coast Guard sets maximum persons and weight capacities for boats and we abide by these regulations for everyone's safety.
What does it cost to rent a boat?
We rent our boats by 4, 6, or 8 hour time periods. The pricing for 2020 can be seen here on our rate page:
What is allowed/not allowed to be brought on the boats?
You are able to bring any coolers, food, beverages, gear, personal items, etc. that you wish.
Do I need a boating license/education to rent a boat?
No. In the state of Virginia, boat rentals are exempt from the education requirement that began in 2008. We do, however, require that operator has previous boating experience. We have an in depth briefing process that every renter/operator of our boats must go through before they are allowed to operate the boat. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled reservation time to complete this process. This includes:
What is your cancellation policy?
You may cancel your reservation up until 48 hours prior to your reservation time for a full refund of your reservation deposit. Inside of 48 hours, the deposit will only be refunded or rescheduled, if the rental is cancelled at the discretion of Bay Venture Boat Rentals due to hazardous weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
What waterways are your boats allowed to travel in?
Our boats are allowed to operate in the calm inland water ways of northern Virginia Beach. These include Broad Bay, Linkhorn Bay, Little Neck Creek, Crystal Lake, Long Creek, Broad Bay Canal, and the Lynnhaven Inlet.
Are there restaurants on the water we can pull up to?
Yes! There several restaurants along our waters that have docking for boats. Some will even serve you right onboard the boat if you like! Please see our page which covers points of interest for you to enjoy.
What type of watersports equipment do you rent?
Currently, we rent double rider tubes that you can pull behind the boat. They are rated for a maximum of 300 pounds, so we limit the riders to a max of one adult and one child or two children. The tubes are a lay on style with handles on the front. They do not have hole in the middle to be able to sit inside.
Are life jackets provided?
Yes, all U.S. Coast Guard required safety gear is provided including personal floatation devices (life jackets). We provide everyone onboard the boat with a properly fitting life jacket, We have them in sizes from infants on up to adults. If you have your own children's life jackets, feel free to bring them.
Is fuel included?
Yes, fuel is included in the price of the rental. We want you to spend your time on the water having fun. Not worrying about how much the fuel is going to cost when you get back.
How do we reserve a boat?
You can book online or check availability by clicking here:
Do you rent in the Sandbridge/Back Bay area of Virginia Beach?
Unfortunately, our waterways do not connect to the Sandbridge/Back Bay area of southern Virginia Beach. Our boats are in the water at our location in northern Virginia Beach, near the resort area. We have user friendly, inlad waterways that have restuarants to visit, beaches to pull up to, great fishing, and watersports.