Planning

Frequently Asked Questions

At Crystal Coast Boat Charters and Rentals, we strive to provide our customers with a hassle free day on the water.  We are committed to providing guests with unique experiences that are unparalleled to any other boat charter or rental company.  All custom tours include gas, and use of equipment such as beach chairs, umbrellas, and sand toys so that you can spend the day making memories with family and friends.   Even food and drinks can be ordered from local restaurants and waiting for you at the launch site. All you need to bring is a desire for fun in the sun.

Rentals can spend the day cruising the waters of the Intracoastal Waterway and Bogue Sound from Channel Marker 27 to Hammock’s Beach area.  We ask that you stay within marked channels.  There are great beaches to find sharks’ teeth, sand dollars, and shells around Marker 45.  A chart of the area can be found here.

We have boats ranging from 18 to 24 feet to accommodate most parties.  The maximum crew allowed is 12 passengers.  The largest boat will hold up to 12 passengers with a combination of adults and children under the age of 12. 

Per USCG regulations, only parties of six or fewer passengers can have a Captain. 

There is no reservation fee.  We get your credit card number to hold the reservation but do not charge anything to it until we meet at the dock.

If we need to cancel because of weather conditions, there is no fee.  We will try to move you to another day.  If you cancel within 24 hours of a rental, you will be charged full price unless we can book the boat with another party (we haven’t had to charge anyone yet!).

1. Make a Reservation

Please give us a call at 330-285-0565 to schedule your day on the water at least one week in advance as slots fill up quickly*.  During the reservation process, you will need to supply the following:

  1. The name of the person booking the rental/charter
  2. Phone number of a secondary person who will be on the boat
  3. Total number of people in the party
  4. Ages/approximate weight of children 12 years old and younger
  5. Credit card to hold the reservation

*occasionally there are cancellations, but last minute reservations are hard to get



Come see for yourself what makes our boat charters and rentals different from the rest. When we help you create your own itinerary, the options are endless. From a cruise to the white sand islands of Hammocks Beach to lunch on one of the local waterfronts, we will use our knowledge to help you arrange plans to make the most of your time on the water and see the top attractions in our area.

2. Pack your Gear

Crystal Coast Boat Charters and Rentals provides four beach chairs, one beach umbrella, sand toys, a cooler with ice, and all required safety equipment.  All you need to bring is food, beverages, towels, and sunblock.  It’s a good idea to have water shoes for exploring islands and playing in the water as the ground has shells along many of the beaches.

3. Arrive at 6800 Emerald Drive (or designated launch site)

Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your rental/charter time with your full crew.  The contract and liability waiver will be signed at this time, so all members of your crew need to be present.