1. How much are the boats to rent?
Retro Boats are $115 for a 90 minute boat ride and $230 for 3 hours. These rates are for up to 2 passengers. Additional passengers are $10 each, kids 16 and under are free. Our Donut Boats hold up to 10 people and are $125 an hour, minimum two hours, and $75 an hour after two hours.
2. May I bring food and drinks on the boat?
We now offer adult beverages at The Old Boat House, Retro Boat Rentals. No outside alcohol or coolers allowed. We provide coolers and ice, and a wide selection of domestic and craft beer, wine, hard ciders & seltzers, mixed drinks in cans, and bottles of wine and champagne to purchase. We also have non-alcoholic drinks and some snacks. Feel free to bring your own snacks, but again, NO OUTSIDE COOLERS.
3. How fast do these boats go?
These are not speed boats, so don't expect to tube off the back of these. Our electric boats are meant for cruising and sight-seeing. We ask that customers keep the speed at 4 mph to obey the no wake zone in the channel, and to maintain the battery life of the boat.
4. Can I pull a tow-able?
No. Again, these are not speed boats and are not meant for tubing or skiing.
5. May I bring alcohol on the boat?
Alcohol must be purchased at The Old Boat House, Retro Boat Rentals. All state of Michigan laws related to the consumption of alcohol on a boat apply.
6. May I go out on Lake Michigan?
We generally do not allow our small, electric boats to go out on Lake Michigan. On rare occasions when the driver of the boat is experienced, we will allow on calm, non-busy days to stay near the pier. But we don't allow the boats to be driven up and down Lake Michigan because they are small and to preserve the battery life of the boat. Lake conditions can also change quickly. Your best chance to get on Lake Michigan is in the morning or evening.
7. Can I anchor or beach and swim?
It depends on the boat. Some of our boats are easier to get in and out of than others. Talk to us ahead of time and we can steer you in the right direction depending on your plans for the boat outing. Generally speaking, 3 hour boat rides are better for anchoring and swimming. We don't allow customers to anchor our boat Lola, she's very rare and special. :-)
Our Donut Boats are a great option if you're looking to swim, which can be rented for 2,3, or 4 hours.
8. Do the boats have a radio?
We offer blue tooth speakers at no charge to take along for your ride.
9. What is the cancellation policy?
You will receive a refund for inclement weather cancellations only. We recognize it's no fun to be on a boat in the rain. There are no refunds for cancellations that are not due to rain, but we're willing to work with you to re-book an appointment or provide a gift certificate for your next boat outing.
10. Can I bring a cooler on the boat?
No outside coolers are allowed, because of our new liquor license, but we provide free coolers and ice, and drinks can be bought at The Old Boat House, Retro Boat Rentals.
11. Can I dock these boats to have dinner (or to visit The Red Dock)?
We have a dock available near the Red Dock, be sure to ask us ahead of time and we'll be sure to have a dock hand ready for you to visit. Some boats are rare, and we'd hate to see them damaged.
12. Can I bring my dog on the boat?
Right now, we allow one retro boat to take dogs, that's Jane. Our Donut Boats are all dog-friendly and definitely a fun experience for your furry friends.
13. Do you have on-site parking?
We do have a few designated parking spots in front of our business, but they fill up quickly. There is street parking all around our business, but again, they fill up. A great option is parking at Saugatuck High School and taking the free shuttle that leaves every 15 minutes on the weekend.
If you are looking to rent a boat in Saugatuck, Retro Boat Rentals is the place to go!
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