Q. Do your boats meet safety requirements?
A. Yes. All boats are USCG certified. All required safety equipment is on-board. Personal Floatation Devices (PFD'S) are available in youth & adult sizes.
Q. Will there be any orientation prior to departure?
A. We provide thorough boat and navigation orientation prior to departure and you can always hire an experienced guide so you can make the most of your day on the water.
Q. What type of experience do I need to have?
A. In order to operate the vessel, you must be 21 years or older and have experience operating a powerboat and reading a nautical chart. If the designated operator does not have the experience, consider hiring one of our guides to accompany you (see Boat Rental Pricing for details)
Q. Are boat safety classes available?
A. We provide a thorough boat and navigation orientation prior to departure and you can always hire one of our guides. If you would like to take a course on boat safety, we recommend the US Coast Gaurd Auxiliary.
Q. Do I need to make a reservation?
A. Yes. Reservations are an excellent idea! We're on 'the move' & prefer to be available @ all times. Reservations left by message are not guaranteed. If we do not return your call, please try calling again later (we're probably out on the water)
Please call us at 252.726.1900 as soon as you can. Click here for more information.
Q. Can we rent a boat overnight?
A. Overnight camping with boat anchored is not allowed.
Q. When do I need to arrive at Ahoy Boat Rentals?
A. Please arrive 1/2 hour prior to scheduled departure in order to complete reservation forms & chart/boat orientation.
Q. Do your boats have bimini tops (sun covers)?
A. Yes! All of the boats are equipped with biminis to keep your entire party cool.
Q. Can we bring pets?
A. Yes. Pets are allowed under most circumstances (please call).
Q. Can we fish?
A. Yes. Fishing is allowed on all boats. Fishing licenses are required & available at our location. Please check our fishing FAQ for more information.
Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. We require 48 hours prior to agreed rental time. No-shows will be charged full price for the boat if not rented to another party. Lousy weather and the boats don't go anywhere. No harm, no charge!
Q. What happens with our credit card information?
A. Credit card information is secured and shredded after the boat is returned.
Q. What if the weather is lousy?
A. We do not allow boats out in inclement weather and no fees will be charged.
Q. Can we drink alcoholic beverages on the boat?
A. Responsible drinking is allowed except for the designated operator and navigator. Remember to always be very careful about overconsumption, dehydration and overexposure - also, please be courteous to everyone sharing the waterways; they are patrolled by the coast guard and local authorities (and yes, they have breathalyzers.)
Q. What services are provided by Ahoy Boat Rentals?
A. We are a bareboat rental, not a charterboat. That means that you are the operator of the vessel. For a nominal fee we will provide you with an experienced guide that will help you make the most of your day on the water. Otherwise, we'll discuss and provide you with local water charts, boat safety equipment, and vessel operation. Power boat experience is required for operators.
Furthermore, renters will have access to bait, tackle, fish cleaning station, handicap access, parking, ice, beer and soda, fuel, floating docks, bathrooms and ship store for general needs.
Q. What items should I bring on board?
Suggested items to bring are:
- Drinks and snacks for a picnic lunch, as well as a cooler.
- Hand sanitizer and/or moist towelettes. Most areas do not have sinks or running water.
- A trash bag to carry empty wrappers, drink containers or the remains of your lunch back to the mainland for recycling and disposal. Remember there are no trash cans or garbage pickup on the islands - help us keep the beach clean.
- Sunscreen and a hat for shade.
- Insect repellent.
- Comfortable clothing and shoes that can take getting sandy and wet.
- Bringing the dog? Don't forget a dog bowl and water.
Q. What about gas?
A. Boat departs with a full tank. Upon return we determine the amount used & charge accordingly. We provide the latest engines: 4-stroke - amply powered, fuel efficient & quiet.
Q. Where can we go on the boat?
A. We provide you with Garmin charts including clearly marked routes for your convenience & safety. All this & more will be covered in your orientation prior to departure.
Q. What about anchors?
A. Bow and stern anchors are secured to the boat and can be fed out as needed.
Q. What about tides?
A. Ask. Tide tables are readily available. Please take care to watch the boat, especially on falling tides. We have six hour swings relative to falling and rising tides. If you 'beach' the boat, you may have a long wait before getting underway, and there may be late charges and damage assessment upon arrival.
Q. Are there any other fees?
A. Taxes: 3% sales tax
Gas: see above.
Q. When can I visit the Cape Lookout Lighthouse?
The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is open for climbing from the second week in May to the third weekend in September. Self-guided tours begin every fifteen minutes and accomodate up to 10 people.
|Cape Lookout Lighthouse - 2015 Season
Dates and Hours of Operation
||First Climb Begins
||Last Climb Begins
||Ticket Window Hours
|May 12 to September 19
||9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
|Days of the Week
||Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
PLUS Sunday, May 24; Sunday, July 5; and Sunday, September 7
Tickets are required and can be purchased at the Light Station Visitor Center.
|Cape Lookout Lighthouse - 2015 Season
(12 and under; at least 44 inches tall)
(62 and over)
(visitors with permanent disabilities)