New 2014 Georgia Boating Laws
In accordance with the new 2014 Georgia Boating Laws Code Section 52-7-8.3 any person renting and/or operating a rental boat must first complete a Georgia DNR approved boater safety course. Renters and anyone driving the rental boat must have documentation showing they have completed a boater safety training course with them at check-in and the entire time they are on the water. The Georgia DNR lake patrol rangers and other law enforcement departments will be inspecting rental boats looking for boater safety documentation and any person who violates this Rule shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine or other penalties. For your convenience Paradise Rental Boats has developed a rental boat specific boater safety course which includes a short video, 5 important boating rules document followed by a Captain’s Test. Upon successful completion of the test you will receive a completion certificate documenting that you have completed the Boater Safety Assessment Course. This certificate is valid for a period of 6 months and can be applied to additional rentals within that time. Anyone can take the boater safety course & Captain’s Test by going to our web site www.bestinboating.com and selecting “Boat Rentals”, the location you are visiting and “Boater Safety”. You can also click the Captain’s Test link throughout this email which will take you directly to the course and link your completion certificate to your reservation.
Houseboat Rental Policies:
- A confirmed reservation will hold your vessel for up to 1 hour after your scheduled departure time, after which it will be considered a “No Show” and the entire reservation fee will be forfeited.
- Please arrive for your rental 45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time to ensure the entire rental time is allotted. Rental times cannot be extended due to late arrivals.
- Renter and any driver(s) must be at least 25 years old with an official/valid Driver’s License and By Law must have completed a Georgia DNR approved boater safety course. Please bring Driver’s License and Boater Safety Course completion certificate to Check-In on the day of rental. The renter must be present at Check-In on the day of the rental.
- It is recommended that any guests at least 25 years old that want to drive the boat, watch our Boater Safety Course Video and take the Captain’s Test before arriving. Additional drivers can take the course and test on site to be added as an authorized driver on the day of the rental, however any delay this adds to the departure time will be at the renter’s expense.
- A security deposit of $1000 per vessel will be required on the day of the rental and must be placed on a major credit card (no Amex) in the Renter’s name.
- Pets, open flames, cooking equipment of any type or grills other than the one provided with the boat are prohibited on all rental boats.
- Each rental boat departs the dock with a full tank of fuel. Once the boat is returned and refueled the renter is responsible for the amount of fuel consumed during the rental time.
- Changes to existing reservation dates or times must be made at least 14 days before to the reservation date, and cannot be processed online. Please call the location in which the reservation was made to make these arrangements.
- Any cancellation made more than 14 days before the reservation date will result in a cancellation fee that is 10% of the total reservation amount.
- Any cancellation made less than 14 days before the reservation date will result in a forfeit of the total reservation amount and cannot be credited towards future reservations.
- 16 Person MAX capacity – Our houseboats have a maximum passenger capacity of 16. The number of persons onboard the houseboat must NEVER exceed 16 regardless if the boat is at dock, on a beach or under way. Everyone onboard from infant children to seniors count toward the 16 person total regardless of their size or weight.
- Sunset Cove – It is strictly PROHIBITED to take a rental houseboat into Sunset Cove. This is not just a Paradise Rental Boats’ policy, but also Lake Lanier Island’s policy. There is no beaching allowed in sunset cove which leaves no way to safely secure the boat.
- Docking At Other Marinas – Docking or driving the houseboat in other marinas on the lake is NOT allowed. Houseboats can be difficult to control in small confined spaces like marinas. It is for this reason we pilot the houseboat in & out of our marina for you. It is simply too dangerous for an inexperienced boater to attempt driving or docking a houseboat in the confined space of a marina. If you need to drop off or pick up guests during your rental, please return to Port Royale & our staff will be happy to assist you with the docking of the houseboat.
- Beer Kegs- We have had issues in the past with guests bringing beer kegs onto the houseboats resulting in large amounts of beer being spilled into the carpet, furniture & even beds making it nearly impossible to reuse the boat for another rental in a timely manner. For this reason, beer kegs, hunch punch coolers and any other type of large beverage containers are PROHIBITED on the houseboats.
- Stereo Systems, Amplifiers & DJs -The generators on our houseboats are designed and sized to power all the boat’s electrical systems but will not support the additional power required to run large DJ stereos, speakers or amplifiers. All guest supplied stereos are restricted to small portable table top units only. The houseboats are equipped with two separate (4) speaker stereo systems with AUX input & CD players as part of the rental package.
- Beach Parties – Our rental houseboats are custom built and designed to accommodate a small group or family up to 16 persons. They are not designed to withstand the weight of large groups of people and therefore are PROHIBITED from being used for large parties. Additionally, it is illegal to have an organized party on Corp of Engineers property without proper permitting.
- Transportation to & from the houseboat – Shuttling guests to and from a beached houseboat is not a service that we provide. If additional transportation is required, we recommend renting a 21’ pontoon boat in addition to the houseboat so you have a way to transport your guest to & from the boat. Please contact the rental desk to inquire about multiple boat packages and availability.
- Wind Advisories & Severe Weather – Since houseboat rentals last for 2 or more days there is a good chance you will encounter different types of weather conditions during your trip. As the captain of the houseboat it is your responsibility to stay on top of any changing weather conditions and take appropriate action to secure the vessel in the event of severe weather or wind advisory condition. You can receive updated weather reports while on the houseboat from local & national weather media through the DirecTV system and your boats VHF marine radio also receives 24/7 NOAA weather reports.
- After Hours Lake Service Calls – Since your houseboat vacation includes 2 or more nights on the water, we do have personnel on-call after normal business hours that can assist you with any mechanical problems. In most instances we are able to talk customers through simple solutions over the phone, however if further action is needed we will send someone out to your location to assist you. This type of service is required with customers out overnight. Mechanical related after hours lake service calls are free of charge. If we are called out to assist with issues caused by negligent operation of the houseboat additional fees may be added to the rental. Situations where an afterhour’s service fee may apply are; running aground or impacting underwater objects while driving at night; not properly securing the beaching lines & allowing the houseboat to turn sideways while beached; any other renter caused situations where a Paradise Rental Boat employee is required to perform a lake service call after normal business hours.
At Paradise Rental Boats, Your Safety is Our MAIN Concern!
In order to ensure a safe and exciting adventure for you and your Family or Guests, Please review the safe boating tips below:
- Life Jackets- We urge all passengers to wear a lifejacket, however ALL children 12 years old and under Must wear their life jacket by Law! We require that passengers who are mentally or physically impaired, elderly, medicated, intoxicated, or those who are not strong swimmers wear a life jacket at ALL TIMES!!
- PROP AWARENESS ZONE- The spinning blades of a propeller are EXTREMELY DANGEROUS and will seriously injure or Kill! The PROP AWARENESS ZONE is 30ft around the front, back, and sides of the boat. No person should enter the PROP AWARENESS ZONE while the engine is running. Engine must be off, keys must be removed from the ignition, and the Captain must count to ten, before allowing anyone to enter the PROP AWARENESS ZONE.
- L.C.S. – Before Starting Engine, L- Look to make sure awareness zone is clear. C- Check to be sure all passengers are SEATED and accounted for. S-Shout “Prop Clear Engine Starting”.
- SPEED, WAVES AND WAKE- Reduced speed is required when approaching congested and rough areas. Large wakes combined with wave action and speed can be very DANGEROUS! There are no seat belts on boats so SLOW DOWN in rough waters. Take heed to NO WAKE/IDLE SPEED zones.
***IDLE SPEED/NO WAKE is the slowest speed at which it is still possible to maintain steering control.
- 100’ LAW – Obey the 100’ law, meaning maintain a distance of at least 100’ from other boats, docks, swimmers, bridges, or any other structures in the water. If you are within 100’ of any of these, by law you must reduce to idle speed.
Georgia Boater’s Safety Act- Please Review, Observe, and Obey all rules and regulations set forth in the Georgia Boater’s Safety Act. Obey and Observe all Navigation and Warning Markers on the lake, as these are provided for your safety by the Corps of Engineers. Paradise Rental Boats has developed Rental Boating Safety Videos and a Captain’s Test which provides our customer with the basic rules of the road & boating knowledge they will need to have a safe and enjoyable day on the water. You can also access this information and learn more about safe boating at http://www.boat- ed.com/georgia
Enjoy a Safe and Fun Boating Experience!