Because our rental craft are capable of full throttle speeds over 35 miles per hour.......
BigWave Boat Rental's prefer's our customer's have power boating experience!
Don't have power boating experience? ....We gladly accept person(s) in your
boat rental party completing the Boat U.S Foundation's FREE ONLINE
North Carolina Boating Safety Course offered on this webpage!
Just click the link below, create your User Name(s) & Password(s) and begin the course.
After passing each course section, they may save their progress to continue at a later time.
All of the course's section test's and final exam questions are multiple choice.
Pass the final exam, print the "Completion Certificate" or save it to the computer's desktop
and email them to us or present your "Certificate(s) of Completion" at delivery of the rental.
Only person(s) that have completed the course are permitted to operate our water craft!
Rental Agreement Signer's must be at least 21 years old!
NC Laws Requires operators Under 26 years old have completed a Boating Safety Course!
The Completion Certificate or issued I.D. Card must be presented to us at
delivery and be onboard the Rented Craft when operated by him or her.
Failure to present proof of completing a Boating Safety Course to Law Enforcement
Officials or not inform "BigWave Boat Rental's" of all possible operators under 26 years
old is punishable by State and Federal Laws!
Renter's must follow all North Carolina and Federal Boating Laws during their rental term.
HERE IS THE FREE BOAT U.S. ONLINE N.C. BOATING SAFETY COURSE LINK :
This FREE COURSE is approved by the state of North Carolina and the U.S. Coast Guard!
Do you know some of these basic boating rules:
"Rules of the Road" and "The Right of Way" apply to all N.C. Waters!
1) Which boat has the "Right of Way" - a Power Boat or a Sailboat under sail power only?
2) Your approaching an anchored boat displaying one or both of the
"Diver in the Water" flags shown above - what does N.C. and Federal Law
require you to do?
Navigating Channel's using "Day" Markers and Bouys is Required Here!
(Channel "Day" Markers use the same color, shape and numbering system)
3) Your in a marked channel, Dead-Ahead of you on the left is the # 5 Green "Can" Bouy
and ahead on the right is the # 4 Red "Nun" Bouy - are you "Returning" to your Dock or
are you "Departing" from your Dock?
(using Navigation Aids properly will prevent customer's from paying very expensive
"un-grounding" charges and/or charges to replace damaged propeller's, hull or lower unit's)
Did you know the correct answer to these three fundamental boating questions?
These and many more fundamental power boating rule's and law's are in the FREE Boating
Safety Course we offer on this website!
The Renter's are held fully responsible for any Damages or Liability to persons or property
after "Big Wave Boat Rentals" delivery staff has released the vessel to them.
Power Boating can be Inherently Dangerous, possibly leading to bodily injury or even death!
This is the primary reason we prefer our renter's have some experience with power boats,
for customer's without power boating experience, the person(s) in their rental party that have
completed the Boating Safety Course are THE ONLY LEGALLY permitted person(s) to
operate our rental vessel's!
POWER BOAT OPERATOR'S WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE ARE A LIABILITY RISK!
All of BigWave's rental craft are to be operated from Sunrise to Sunset and are limited
to be used ONLY in our "Sounds" and Inland Waterways! A 16 to 20 Nautical Mile
distance is permitted from your dock's location for "Sound" and Inland waterway rentals.
Customer's authorized to operate our rental in the Ocean have no distance limitations!
Entering an Inlet or the Ocean is Prohibited TO ALL rental watercraft except authorized
31 foot Cape Horn "Offshore" and 24 foot Sea Pro "Walk-Around" customers!
Inlet and Ocean use of our 31' Cape Horn or 24' Sea Pro is limited to renter's with
experience as a boat owner and/or operator of a similar size vessel to ours or larger in the
Ocean or on the Great Lakes. We will accept a valid Guide's or Captain's License too!
Provide us a copy of a valid registration card of a similar or a larger boat, Guide or Captain's
License or other document like a National Marine Fisheries - Highly Migratory Species
vessel permit as proof of ownership or experience.
Multiple-Day 31 and 24 foot renters without Ocean or "Big Water" experience may hire our
Licensed Guide and Mate for a Single Day Ocean or Bluewater Offshore trip.
(weather and sea condition's permitting).
Alcoholic Beverages, Liquor and Narcotics are Prohibited onboard ANY boat in use,
"Towed" Water Sports such as Water Skiing, Wake Boarding or Tubing is Not Permitted!
We urge you to fully read our website and understand all our terms and conditions.
Breach of the Rental Agreement's will result in your Loss of the Rented Watercraft and
the Renter's Security Deposit with possible Legal Action!
The Outer Banks are well known in Maritime History as "The Graveyard of the Atlantic",
Keeping Customer's Safe IS BIG WAVE BOAT RENTALS Number One Priority!
BigWave Boat Rentals reserves the right to cancel a reservation
1) by law, any Sailboat not under mechanical power has the right of way
2) slow down and stay at least 100 feet from a boat with divers or swimmers in the water
3) RED - RIGHT - RETURNING