Outer Banks Fishing Boat Rental

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  Requirement's, Operation Limits & What Is Prohibited 

               In North Carolina, any person born on or after 
              January 1, 1988 must complete a NASBLA Approved 
               Boating Education Course before operating a vessel
               propelled  by  a  motor  of  10  Horse Power or more


                   We  require  the  operator(s)  of  our  rental  powerboats  have

                 "hands-on" experience  with  a  powerboat  similar  to  what  you  rent  from  us.

                                              We  will  ask  you  about  your  experience!

         To  Use  Our  24  Sea  Pro "Walk-Around"  in  the  Atlantic  Ocean,

    Operator(s)  Must  Possess  A  U.S.C.G.  Captain's  or  Guide's  License, or

     Own  and  Operate  A  Vessel  At-Least  24  Feet  in  Length  Capable  of 

               Being  Used  In  The  Ocean . . . PROOF IS REQUIRED!


When we rent a boat to you for a "multiple-day" rental,

we will not supervise you while you rent the boat. 

  It's your boat and you're fully responsible ... 

What you do while under-way, docking, anchoring and in the 

case of an emergency,  you should know exactly what to do! 


      Rental  Agreement  Signer's  must  be  at- least  25  years  of  age

             ANY  OPERATOR  UNDER  THE  AGE  OF  21  MUST

                 BE  SUPERVISED  BY  AN  ADULT  OPERATOR  


         North  Carolina  Requires  All   Children  13  Years  Of  Age  

   Or  Under  Must  Wear  A  U.S. Coast  Guard  Approved  Life-Vest.  



Click  the  Boat U.S. link,  create  your  User  Name(s) &  Password(s)  and  begin  the  FREE  course:


                    This  course  is  approved  by  NASBLA  for  all  U.S.  States.

     After you have completed each course chapter,  you can save your progress to continue

                           at a later time (or date), or if you wish, continue on to the final exam.

          All of the FREE safety course chapter tests and final exam questions are multiple choice.

        Pass the final exam, print a copy of the "Certificate of Completion" for your records,  then

        email  a  copy  to  us  or  give  us  a  copy  of   your  Completion  Certificate(s)  at  delivery.

                  You  must  have  a  copy  with  you  while  operating  the  vessel.             

      Failure to present proof of a completed Boating Education Course to any Law Enforcement

       Official or not informing  "BigWave Boat Rentals"  of all possible operators is a breach of your 

                           rental  agreement  and  punishable  by  North  Carolina  State  Laws! 

   Lessee's  Are  Held  Fully  Responsible  for  ANY  Damage,  Loss  or  Liability

  to person's or property after "Big Wave Boat Rental's" staff release the rental.

                    The primary reason we prefer your operator's have experience   

       is this activity can be Inherently Dangerous, possibly leading to Bodily Injury or

                                                            even Death!                   

        When we deliver the boat, a member of our staff will 

       perform a "Test-Ride" with your operator's to evaluate 

                   how well they handle &  dock the boat 

           their boating knowledge, we demonstrate the basic 

                  operation of the Depth Finder/GPS unit 

              and how to navigate in the nearby channel's. 

         Additional instruction will be provided if required.    

     Please be aware, if your docking our rental in a marina, 

       there could be MILLION Dollar Yachts in the slips

                   on either side of the slip you're in!                

          BigWave  Boat  Rentals  Reserves  The  Right  To  Cancel

                                             A  Reservation!  



         All rental craft are to be operated  from    SUNRISE  TO  SUNSET  ONLY

             and  limited  to  use  in  the  "Sound's"  and  Inland  Waterways . . . A  25  Nautical  Mile

                   (28 Statute Miles)  "One-Way"  distance  is  permitted  from  your  dock's  location. 

                 Customer's  authorized  to  operate  the  24  Sea  Pro  "Walk-Around"  in  the  Ocean

                                                        do  not  have  distance  limit's!   



        Inlet  and  Ocean  use  of  our  24 Sea  Pro "Walk-Around"  is  limited  to  operator's  with

                 documented  proof  that  you  have  experience  as  an  owner  and/or  operator 

                   of  a  vessel  at - least  24  feet  long  capable  of   being  used  in  the  Ocean.

                You   MUST  provide  a  copy  of  a   VALID   Registration   for  a  boat  that's  at 

                        least  24  feet  or  A  USCG  GUIDE'S   OR   CAPTAIN'S   LICENSE!

                 We  also  accept  a   National   Marine   Fisheries  Highly   Migratory   Species 

                                            permit  that  is  issued  to  YOUR  VESSEL.     

                       NO  PROOF . . .  NO  OCEAN  OR  INLET  USE  IS  PERMITTED!                                                  

                       Prohibited   Activities

       Alcoholic  Beverages,  Liquor  and  Narcotics  are  Prohibited  "on-board"  ANY  boat!

  Dare and Currituck Counties prohibit's the use of  a "Rental" water-craft to be used for any

       type of water- sport's . . . However,  you are permitted to hire our licensed Captain to 

                     operate the boat for you while you engage in watersport's activities!

      Please Note:   BigWave  Boat  Rental's  does  not   provide  this  type  of   equipment.

                Towing  another  Vessel  or  Craft  of  any  kind  is  Prohibited!

                 Entering  an  Inlet  or  the  Ocean  is  Prohibited  TO  ALL  Water-craft  except 

                          an  authorized  24  foot  Sea  Pro  "Walk-Around"  rental  customer!


  Tampering With Staff Placed Dock-lines Or  Fenders  Is  Not  Permitted.


            "Night-Time"  USE  IS  PROHIBITED!!!

                   Our  Rentals  Have "Real - Time"  GPS  Tracker's  Installed


                  Trailer  Use  Restricted  To  Our  Staff  Only!


           We urge you to fully read our website and understand all terms and conditions,

         ANY breach of your Rental Agreement contract will result in Immediate Loss of the Leased

                                       Vessel  and  Total  Loss  of  your  Security  Deposit.     


   24  foot  Sea  Pro  Renter's  Without  Ocean  Experience

          24  foot  Sea  Pro  "multiple-day"  renter's  without  Ocean  experience  can  hire  our

          Staff  or  our  Licensed  Captain  &  Mate  for  a  Gulf - Stream  Offshore  trip,  Near - shore

                                                Ocean  or  Wreck  and  Bottom  fishing  trip.

 Reasonable  charges  apply  for  our  Captain  &  Mate  or  Staff  on  a "Guided"  fishing  trip.     

                                                                 PLEASE   NOTE:

     This  type  of  trip  is  NOT  A  "CHARTER"!   You  have  "LEASED"  the  boat

 and  will  be  responsible  to  pay  our  Staff,  the  gasoline  used,  ice  for  the  fish-box   

              and  food  cooler  as  well  as  cleaning - up   the  boat  after  the  trip!  

            The  cost  for  a  "Full-Day"  Offshore  Charter  averages  anywhere  from  $1600.00

     to  $3000.00 (Cash or Check) depending on the marina, the marina's location and the boat. 

  That  $1600.00  to  $3000.00  doesn't  include  any  Credit  Card  fees  ($50 and up         

                                            or  a  15%  tip  for  the  Mate! 

          We  offer  our  24  foot  Sea  Pro  "Walk-Around"  rental  customer's  an  Offshore 

                  "Big-Game"  Fishing  Trip  at   1/4  the  cost  of  a  Charter  Boat  Trip!

    On  Offshore  trip's,  we  provide  all  the  "Big Game"  equipment,  the  Rod's  &  Reel's,

                                 the  Rig's,  the  Bait's  and  we  even  clean  your  catch.  

                     If  your  interested,  feel  free  to  contact  us  for  more  information. 


          How  well  do  you  know  4  basic  power  boating  rules?

          "Rules of the Road"  and  "The Right of Way"  applies  to  all  N.C.  Waters!


   1)  Who has the "Right of Way" - your  boat  or  a  boat  that's  towing  another  boat?


          2) A  power  boat   will  be  crossing  your  boat  off  the  "Starboard  Bow"

                          Do  You   or   Do  They   have   " The  Right  of  Way"?



             3) You are approaching an anchored boat displaying one or both of these 

                    "Diver Down" flags shown above - what does International and Inland

                                                       rules require you to do?


       Navigating  Channel's  with  "Day" Marker's  and  "Buoy's"  IS  Required  Here!                                                                                                


              4)  You are underway in a marked channel ............ Ahead on the Left is  a   Green

"Day Mark" or  "Can" Buoy  and ahead  on the Right is  a   Red  "Day Mark"  or  "Nun" Buoy,

                             Are  you  "Returning"   or    "Departing"  from  your  dock? 

                                            ANSWERS   TO   THE   BOATING   QUESTIONS

                     1)   By Law, ANY Vessel with Limited Maneuverability such as a "wind-only" 

                                             powered sailboat, a vessel towing another vessel, a commercial trawler or dredge

                                                                                           has "The Right Of Way!"


   2)   Both International and Inland Rules state that when two power-driven vessels 

 are crossing so as to involve a risk of collision, the vessel which has the other on the

        Starboard side  (the "give-way" vessel)   must keep out of the way.

    (Don't know what the Starboard side of a boat is?  You'd better take a safety course!)


                                      3)  Slow down to no wake, Keep  At  Least  100  feet from a boat with divers in the water!



Using "Aids to Navigation" properly will prevent customers from being responsible

      to pay for very expensive "UN-Grounding" charges ($1000 and up), including 

  repairing or replacing a damaged propeller ($100 - $250), the engine's lower unit

     ($1000 and up), the depth finder's transducer ($150 - $250) and damages to the

     fiberglass hull  or  to  repair  a  pontoon  boat's aluminum logs ($1000 and up).