1. How much are the boats to rent?
We've set the prices at $95 for a 90 minute boat ride and $190 for 3 hours. When booking, you'll select either 90 minutes, or 3 hours, and select 1 "ticket" per boat ride. These rates are for up to 2 passengers. Additional passengers, above the age of 16, will cost $10 each.
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 have coolers and ice, and a wide selection of domestic and craft beer, wine and spirits 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.
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 towable?
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. :-)
8. Do the boats have a radio?
Some boats are equipped with a blue tooth speaker, and we also have speakers you can take along.
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 boat to take dogs, that's Jane. Be sure to book Jane if you're thinking of bringing your furry friend.
If you are looking to rent a boat in Saugatuck, Retro Boat Rentals is the place to go!