Yacht rental terms

All Yachts are rented from their owners  as a bare-boat pleasure craft without fuel. Rental periods are 4 hours each as follows: Morning 9:30am-13:30pm, afternoon 14:00pm-18:00pm and evening 18:30.to 22:30. A full day Rental is 9:00am to 18:00pm. An overnight rental is any part of two days from 9:00am the first day to 18:00pm the following day. A 24hr notice is required for any rental.  Persons, by renting the boat, bind themselves to the terms and conditions stated herein as an integral part of their rental agreement. The Person renting the boat must have a pleasure craft operator card. The card can be obtained online from BoaterExam.com or similar sites. On boats rented without a Captain, experience driving a similar boat, a demo of driving and docking capability as well as usage of a VHF Radio is required. Captain at his sole discretion will refuse renting the boat to any person who’s boat handling experience he judges inadequate. In case of rent refusal, the rent, less deposit, will be refunded to the renter or applied towards boat handling instruction if preferred.  Captain assisted boat handling instruction can be purchased week day evenings as  needed. Hiring the services of a Captain and crew is mandatory on yachts over 30 feet, optional on yachts under 30 feet.  A cash security deposit of $ 500, as well as signing an inventory receipt for  all the movable items on the vessel, is required on boats rented without the services of a captain.  Renter is responsible to go through the vessel safety check list and ensure that all persons on board the yacht are aware of, and accept, the liability waiver condition specified below.  Children and Pets are not allowed.  Smoking inside the cabin is prohibited and restricted in the cockpit.  Alcohol consumption while underway is subject to the same rules as drinking and driving on land. Renters can bring their own food, beverages and disposable utensils. All vessels must be left clean and returned to the same condition as when rented.

Payment terms

Yachts must be reserved online from Canada or the USA with a 20% deposit in Canadian dollars at least one week in advance. Payment of the deposit confirms agreement to all terms and conditions on this page. Failing to pay a deposit means no reservation is made regardless of preceding verbal communication or verbal promises. Balance for the rental fee must be made online  at least 24 hours before the rental date.  Failing to pay the balance of the rental fee does not grantee the yacht availability and forfeits the deposit.  Payments are made using PayPal.  PayPal accepts  credit cards, debit cards, or bank linked PayPal accounts.  Yachts rented without a Captain require a cash payment of a $500 security deposit prior to boarding. The security deposit is returned only after the boat is hauled out and inspected for any damage to the hull, the bottom and the propeller.  The cost of damage repair or loss of equipment will be deducted from the security deposit. Where the security deposit does not cover the damage, the renter shall be billed for the repair and/or replacement invoices received. Within the current season, moneys paid may be carried forward to an alternate reservation date in case of yacht repair or maintenance, early booking cancellation, or severe weather conditions. There are no refunds. An early booking cancellation is at least 2 weeks before the rental date.  Cancellations received less than 2 weeks before the scheduled rental date forfeit the deposit.  Severe weather conditions are defined as excessive precipitation with wind gusts.

Fuel charge conditions.

All yacht rental fees are exclusive of fuel cost.  For yachts under 30 feet: They are rented at full tank  and are to be returned at full tank. The fuel tank capacity is published for each yacht. The boat is delivered with a prepaid full tank of premium fuel at start of rental. Short fuel is replenished by the Renter in the presence of the Captain at the fuel station at the time of boat return.  The renter pays for the full tank replenishment with premium fuel at the station. The cost of  fuel replenishment can not be deducted from the  security deposit.   For yachts over 30 feet: Fuel is charged by the hour. The hourly fuel rate is published for each yacht and must be paid online at time of booking. Fuel cost is included in the boat rental fee for an evening boating course.

Transport and launch conditions

Yachts above 30′ are not subject to transport. Yachts under 30′ are delivered to the renter by trailer. They are delivered by 9:00am on the rental date. They are launched once the renter completes the safety check list and bottom inspection for any pre-existing damage. The vessel is launched within the hour if there are no encumbrances at the ramp. The launch and haul out fee applies to all areas. The launch time and  destination must be specified at the time of booking and 20% of the Transportation and launch fees must be paid. Launch destinations are The Ottawa River at the Park Jacques Cartier ramp or the RYC at the Civil Aviation Museum ramp. For the Rideau Canal Ottawa Area, delivery is at Dows Lake, Mooney’s Bay or Manotick. For the Rideau Lakes area, delivery is at Smith Falls, Portland or Newboro. The 1000 Islands delivery is at Brockville, Gananoque or Kingston. In Montreal delivery is to St. Anne de Bellevue. Renter must return boat no later than 6:00pm to allow for daylight haul out and transport. Boats delivered after 6:00 pm will be subject to an extra day charge.

Liability waiver condition.

All persons by boarding a rented vessel accept this  declaration “By accepting to board the vessel and cruise independently, or with the captain and crew, and disembark at the destinations I visit, I understand and accept that I am doing so completely and  unconditionally at my own risk and peril. Additionally, I accept to waive all my rights of  receiving proper conduct and cruising safety instructions from the Captain and Crew before boarding, while on board or at any destination visited. I further accept that the Captain and Crew and the vessel Insurance Company have no general liability towards me whatsoever and no specific liability relating to my personal Safety, my Health and my Possessions or the provision of a safe and secure vessel. Furthermore I hold the Captain and Private Yacht Rental harmless from all claims resulting from their inability to deliver my rented vessel due to maintenance and repair issues or bad weather or any other unforeseen circumstances beyond their control. I have read and understood this waiver and asked the Captain for all and any clarifications that I needed prior to my commitment to rent.”

Passenger limitation condition.

A person by renting  a vessel accepts this declaration “I understand that each yacht can support only a limited number of passengers as specified on each yacht description. I understand that the limitation on the number of passengers is designed for both the safety and comfort of the passengers. I therefore promise not to exceed the number of passengers advertised. If I exceed the number of passengers allowed, the Captain will have  the right to turn some of my guests away or otherwise repossess the yacht without any liability for my rental fees. I also understand that children under 12 years of age and pets of any kind are not allowed on any yacht. I further understand that I shall not engage in any towing assistance to any other boat nor take on passengers of any other boat except in the case of a threat to life. I shall however provide assistance to boats in distress by calling 911 and VHF ch 16.”

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