We have rented boats from Island Marine and had an outstanding time on the inter coastal and on the gulf. The staff provides and excellent safety/navigation briefing and boat check to insure a safe boating experience. The boats are equipped with GPS tracking devices so if you should have a question (or run into a problem) they can assist you.
The smaller boats and pontoons are limited to the inter coastal waterway but there is plenty to see and do. It is a relaxing cruise north to Clearwater or south to John's pass.
The larger boats (Hurricanes) are equipped with navigation systems and may be taken out into the gulf.
We rented one of the smaller boats last July, cruised the inter coastal from north Sand Key south to John's Pass. Very easy to navigate and enjoyable cruise. Recommend Gator's (Rating: 4) at John's Pass.
This February, we rented a Hurricane and headed north navigating the gulf around Clearwater, through Hurricane Pass, stopped at Caladesi Island State Park, ate at Boni Petit (Rating: 2 ) in Dunedin, and then returned south via the inter coastal waterway.
Gulf waves were predicted at 1-2 feet with winds out of the south at 15 knots. We were lucky to see a 1 footer with the exception of large boat wakes but the predicted winds were right on the money.
The staff at Island Marine are excellent with Quality and Safety in mind. We are experienced boaters (Great Lakes, Abaco Islands, etc.). We found the rental briefing very informative, equipment, and available support services much better than most. Their business is tailored for any experience level and they go the extra mile to insure a right fit and the renter is comfortable.
The Island Marine staff are very busy. Their business focus is on their in office customers and the phone inquiries are constant. I do not recommend emailing them as they are on the run before the doors open to after the doors close and into the evening preparing rentals for their next day's customers.
We are planning to rent a boat from Island Marine Rentals again the week of July 4th.
For more information, please see their website: islandmarinerentals.com
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