Operator's Must Have Practical Boating Experience
We require the operator(s) of our rental powerboats have
"hands-on" experience with a powerboat similar to what you rent.
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!
In North Carolina, any person born on or after
When we rent a boat to you for a "multiple-day" rental,
we will not supervise you and your party while you rent the boat.
It's now your boat and you're responsible ... What you do while under-way, docking, anchoring
and in the possible 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
Or Under Must Wear A U.S. Coast Guard Approved Life-Vest.
FREE ONLINE BOATING EDUCATION COURSE
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
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 a boat, their boating knowledge,
basic operation of the Depth Finder / GPS unit and
how to navigate in the nearby channel's.
Additional instruction will be provided if required.BigWave Boat Rentals Reserves The Right To Cancel
All rental craft are to be operated from Sunrise to Sunset
and limited to use in our "Sounds" 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!
DUE TO THE UNPREDICTABLE CONDITION'S OF OUR INLETS AND THE OCEAN;
Inlet and Ocean use of our 24 Sea Pro "Walk-Around" is limited to operator's with
documented proof that you have experience as a boat owner and/or operator
of a boat at - least 24 feet long capable of being used in the Ocean.
You MUST provide us 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!
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 "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.
"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?
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!
4) RED - RIGHT - RETURNING !
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).