Frequently Asked Questions

How old do you have to be to rent a boat? 25 or older


The primary renter, signer of the rental agreement, and payee, must be the same person, and be 25 or older, with a valid, government issued ID. You must be 21 to drive the boat with a valid driver's or boater's license, under the supervision of the primary renter.




Do you deliver to South Lake Tahoe or Tahoe Keys? YES but...


We deliver to South Lake for multi-day rentals of 5 days or more. The delivery fee for South Shore is $300 roundtrip.




Is fuel included in the rental price of the boat rental? YES


The first tank of fuel is included in the rental price. So far, no one has ever used a full tank in a single day, but if it happens, it's the renter's responsibility to refuel at one of the gas docks on our Tahoe Boating Map.




Do I need to have a boater's license to rent a boat on Lake Tahoe? NO


You need to have a valid driver's license or a boater's license.




Do you offer Captains? YES


We do not offer captained charters, only bare boat, but we can provide you with a list of local USCG licensed captains that you may contact and hire directly. Captains in North Lake Tahoe are typically $50-60 per hour with a $200 minimum, plus gratuity.




Can we carry more passengers than the posted capacity if we are under the weight limit? NO


Capacity is based on number of passengers and weight limit and both must be satisfied per USCG regulations.




Do small children and infants count as passengers? YES


For purposes of capacity, all persons, regardless of size or age, count as passengers. This is a USCG regulation that we have no control over, please do not ask for an exception.




May we bring our infant? YES


Infants are allowed and we will provide infant PFD's for your use. Please let us know in advance so we may accommodate.




May we swim from the boat? YES


You may swim in safe areas when the boat is not underway, the motor is off, and the propeller has stopped spinning. You must fly the orange flag the entire time that you are swimming.




How cold is the water in Lake Tahoe?


Lake Tahoe never freezes because it's so deep, but it does stay pretty cool year round. June is typically low 60's, July mid 60's, and August high 60's.




Are wetsuits available for rent?


We have a limited number of 3/2 full wetsuits for rent on a first come first served basis. Men's XS-XXL, Ladie's 4-14, and kids 6-14. If you prefer to rent ahead of time, we recommend contacting Tahoe Marine Supply, in Tahoe City. They have a large inventory and rent for $25 per day. http://www.tahoemarinesupply.com/rental-rates/




Do the boats have anchors? YES


All boats are provided with anchors. Anchoring is only allowed in safe, sandy areas. When anchoring be sure to use a minimum of a 3:1 scope. This means if the water is 20' deep, you want to let out a minimum of 60' of line to have good holding.




May we beach the boat? NO NO NO


We do not ever allow beaching of our boats. Even if you think it's sandy and safe, the Tahoe shoreline is full of hidden rocks below that will cause damage to the hull. We always know when a boat has been beached, and it is an automatic forfeit of your damage deposit, so please don't do it!




Do the boat rentals have coolers? YES


All boats include a cooler but they're generally pretty small so feel free to bring an extra. Ice is not included so remember to pick some up on the way.




Where is the best place to buy ice?


There are two gas stations, two grocery stores, and a CVS in Tahoe City. There's also a 7-Eleven on Dollar Hill if coming from the east.




Do I need to bring my own life jacket or PFD (Personal Flotation Device)? NO


PFD's are provided for all guests on all rentals. If you are bringing children 13 years old and younger, they are required to wear a PFD anytime they are on the boat, per California state law. You are welcome to bring your own, but it must be approved by our staff.




Do you rent boats for the 4th of July Fireworks? NO


Our commercial insurance policy does not allow any operation after dark, so unfortunately we do not.




Do you offer overnight, multi-day rentals? YES


A safe buoy or dock is required and must be approved by our staff. Please inquire for rates and conditions.




Do you offer private dock delivery? YES


We only offer this service for multi-day rentals. Pickup and delivery fees vary from $100-$300 by location.




Are there restaurants where we can dock the boat? YES


Each boat has a map of the lake with points of interest including the best lakeside dining restaurants.




Are there bathrooms on the boats? NO


Our boats do not have marine heads, but there are many places around the lake to stop that offer public restrooms.




May we smoke on the boat? NO


Vaporizers are okay. No cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or anything with a flame or ember.




Is alcohol allowed on board? YES


Alcohol is allowed on board to be enjoyed responsibly by passengers over the age of 21.




Do the pontoon boats have grills? NO


We do not allow grilling on any of our boats.




May I bring my dog or other well-behaved pet? NO


While we do love furry friends, sadly, we cannot allow them on our boats. We have allowed them in the past and it always created a problem of some kind with the boat or with future guests, so they are no longer allowed. Please do not ask for an exception.




What kinds of towable toys are available with my boat rental?


Depending on the boat we offer wakesurf boards and wakeboards in sizes appropriate for children to adults, as well as tow ropes for surfing or wakeboarding. All our boats that can tow include a two person tube. We also have water skis and knee boards by request.




Do towable toys cost extra? NO


All toys appropriate for your boat will be provided at no additonal cost. This is just one of the ways we provide the best value on Lake Tahoe.




Do you rent sailboats? NO


Not yet, but we hope to in the future.




Can we bring fishing gear? Only on the Bennington Pontoon


We only allow fishing from our Sunchaser Pontoon, which has a fish finder and rod holders.




What is your Cancellation Policy?


Any reservation made more than five (5) days from the rental start time, may be canceled up to five (5) days prior to the rental start time, for a full refund minus the booking fee. Cancellations within five (5) days of the rental start time are NON-REFUNDABLE - NO EXCEPTIONS. If we deem conditions unsafe due to issues stemming from the event of lightning, thunderstorms, heavy rain, heavy wind, or an Air Quality Index above 200 in Tahoe City, CA, at the time of the scheduled rental, reservation may be rescheduled for another open day without penalty. In the event there is no other day that works, a full refund will be issued. Unsafe, weather-related issues after the first day of a multi-day rental, may not be rescheduled and are non-refundable. Cancellation requests must be emailed to info@tahoewaves.com from the email account of record on the existing reservation or by calling 530-429-2837.





 
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