The weather is warming up and the urge to hit some water is ramping up! Although Charlotte is landlocked, you can make a day of hanging out on Lake Norman, Lake Wylie and/or Mountain Island Lake. One of my favorite activities to do on the lake is boating. Before going boating (unless you own a boat) you must make a reservation, take a free safety online class or hire a captain to operate the boat. Here are 5 boat rentals near Charlotte to check out this summer.
Black Boat Club, owned by Corinna DeWitt and Tarrence Dent, operates primarily on Lake Norman but will also go to Lake Wylie. Their reservations typically sell out quickly every weekend, so make sure you try to plan a month in advance. They operate 2 pontoons and a sportsboat. They offer three time slots on the weekends: 10am to 2pm ($350), 3pm to 7pm ($350) or from 11am-7pm ($550). Weekday rentals cost $310, and are available during the same time slots, but only for four hours. Hiring a captain is an additional $150 for four hours. Two-hour sunset cruises on Tuesdays and Thursdays for $250. This comes with the captain and you can add on cheese/wine for $60. Best way to book is online.
Lake Effects is located at 8693 NC Hwy 150, Terrell, NC 28682. They offer tritoons, ski boats, surf boats, and jet skis for rent. Tritoons start at $469, ski boats start at $649 and jet ski rentals start at $199. Best way to book is online.
Morningstar Marinas is located at 21660 Crown Lake Drive Cornelius, NC. They offer a 10-seater tritoon available to rent. A tritoon has three tubes on the boat’s hull and a pontoon has two tubes. The cost for rental ranges $350-$550 not including taxes and fees. Tubes are available for rent at an additional $50. Best way to book is online.
Westport Marina is located at 7879 Water Oaks Drive, Denver, NC 28037. They have speed boats seating six people and tritoons seating 10 people available for rent. The price ranges $325- $3,100 depending on how many hours/days you want to rent the pontoon, with a max rental time of seven days. A speed boat rental costs $255-$2,700. You can add tubes, kneeboards, water skis, and a pontoon slide to your rental for an additional fee. Best way to book is online.
Tega Cay Marina is located at 28000 Marina Drive Tega Cay, SC 29708. They offer 12-passenger pontoons available for rent, and the first full tank of gas is included in the rental. They offer full-day (eight-hour), half-day (four-hour) and two-hour rentals. See pricing below. Best way to book is by phone 803-547-2218 or email [email protected]
- Monday – Thursday half-day, $325.00.
- Monday – Thursday full-day, $375.00.
- Friday – Sunday – full-day, $450.00.
- Holiday weekends full-day, $575.00.
- Holiday weekdays full-day $575.00 or half-day, $350.00.
- Evening rentals from May 1 – September 30: Thursday through Sunday two hours, $250.00.