Q. Do I have to have a boating safety certificate to rent a boat?

A. Were you born after 1988? If so, than yes. Safety is our top priority!

Florida Law requires any boat born after 1988 to have completed a safe boat course. This course can be found on through the BoatU.S site below or can be completed in Key Largo during your visit.

We reserve the right to deny rental to anyone, at anytime, for any reason. 

Q. What are the check-out and check-in times?

A. The check-out time for a FULL-DAY rental is 8:00am, and the check-in time is 5:00pm. 

The check-out and check-in times for a HALF-DAY are 8:00am - 12:00pm or 12:30pm - 5:00pm

*That being said, we’re flexible on time. Just let us know when you want to go or come back and we’ll accommodate.

Q. What if we are late or can not make it in time for the morning check-out?


We understand that things do not always go according to plan and traffic in Southern Florida can be terrible! It's why we prefer boats and the open ocean. 
We only ask that you coordinate with us so that we can be there when you arrive.

Q. What is the Fuel Service?

A. So glad you asked.
In a nut shell, instead of refueling the boat from the dockside pumps where they charge, on average,between $4.80 and $5.00 per gallon - we send Ian over to the street-side gas station with a couple of gas cans.
It saves you almost $2.00 PER GALLON!
Typically we reserve this service for multi-day rentals, but if you are a single day rental and request the Fuel Service, we will happily oblige.

Q. What is the 'boat orientation'?

A. During the check-out process, you will be asked to fill out a rental waiver and a Florida Friend Staff Member will take you on a tour of the rental boat. During this time we will show and familiarize you with the boat's safety equipment and amenities.
This process only takes about 10 fun-filled minutes. You may bring coffee and snacks, if you would like.

Q. Do I need a fishing license?

A. You do if you want to go fishing.

It is your responsibility to know the local fishing laws and regulations, as well as come prepared. The boats do not carry any fishing license, nor do we sell them. We also do not sell bait or tackle. But don't worry! There is a bait and tackle shop just 5 minutes up the road.

Q. Does the boat have a GPS?

A. They certainly do! All of our boats have a GPS, marine radios, life jackets, anchors, emergency supplies, and more. We even have sweet Bluetooth radios, so you can listen to your favorite toons while you cruise. 

Q. Can we scuba dive from the boat?

A. Unfortunately, due to the inherent risk of scuba diving, we can not allow scuba diving or any activity involving ‘compressed gasses’ …It’s an insurance thing.
But, never fear - We have several excellent dive shops that we can refer you to.

Q. If I rent a boat for more than one day, do I have to bring it back each night?

A. Nope! If you have a multi-day rental with us and your own private dock, you are more than welcome to keep the boat at your dock for the night. Please keep in mind that the rental-agreement you will sign expressly forbids the use of our boats for night operation.
We ask that you follow that rule and only run the boat during daylight hours.

Again, safety first.

Q. Do you supply and fishing of snorkeling gear?

A. Unfortunately, we do not. Due to the varying sizes, wants, and needs of our customers we decided to leave the gear up to you. We can’t be all things to all people, our focus is on providing you with the best possible rental boat. The rest is up to you!

Although, if you ask nicely - we can probably score some ice for the cooler or fish boxes…