Jul 26, 2023 - News

9 boat rentals near Charlotte starting at $255

Black Boat Club

Black Boat Club speed boat. Photo courtesy of Corinna DeWitt

It’s boat season, and companies recommend you book in advance if you want to spend time on the water this summer.

Why it matters: Charlotte may be land-locked, but hydrophiles will find a way to be near water— whether it’s a pool, lake, ocean or puddle.

Know before you go: You can’t just pull up to the lake, rent a boat and drive off into the sunset.

  • Before you drive, you need to take a free boat safety class online.
  • If you don’t have your boat safety certificate, or you don’t have a designated driver, many of these companies offer captains for an additional fee, just make sure they’re properly licensed by the US Coast Guard before you hire.

Here are nine boat-rental companies to check out this summer:

Lake Norman

Black Boat Club 

This operator sells out every weekend and reservations are typically needed a month in advance.

Context: Couple Corinna DeWitt and Tarrence Dent started Black Boat Club in February 2021.

  • They have three boats— two pontoons and a sports boat.
  • DeWitt and Dent are looking to expand their fleet to keep up with the demand.
  • They say they’re hoping to work with other boat owners who want to rent out their boats to make a little money on the side.

Details: BBC is anchored primarily on Lake Norman, but will also travel to Lake Wylie.

  • 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 are $250. This comes with the captain and you can add on cheese/wine for $60.

Address: Based in Lake Norman, but they’ll bring the boat to you.

Best way to book: Online

Black Boat Club
Black Boat Club. Photo: Courtesy of Corinna DeWitt

Carolina Cruising Charters

Featured on MTV and Netflix, this company has two tritoon pontoons that can seat 10 to 13 passengers.

  • Of note: A tritoon has three tubes on the boat’s hull and a pontoon has two tubes.

Price: Rates start at $500 and vary depending on the type of boat and how far you take it. 

  • Additional fees vary for add-ons, including paddle boards, wakeboards and a custom video reel. 
  • Rides can be booked for two to eight hours durations daily from 9am-10pm.

Of note: Rates do not change based on the number of people on the boat.

Address: 18020 Kings Point Dr., Cornelius

Best way to book: Online or call (704) 850-5727.

Photo: Courtesy of Carolina Cruising Charters

Morningstar Marina 

This company has a 10-seater tritoon available to rent.

Price: $450-$575 not including taxes and fees.

  • Tubes are available to rent for an additional $50.

Address: 21660 Crown Lake Dr., Cornelius

Best way to book: Online

Westport Marina 

This boat operator has speed boats seating six people and tritoons seating 10 people.

Price: $435- $3,870 depending on how many hours/days you want to rent the pontoon, with a max rental time of seven days.

  • You can add tubes, kneeboards, water skis, and a pontoon slide to your rental for an additional fee.

Address: 7879 Water Oaks Drive, Denver, NC, 28037

Best way to book: Online

Lake Effects 

The company offers tritoons, ski boats, surf boats and jet skis for rent.

Price: Tritoons start at $319, ski boats start at $649 and jet ski rentals start at $219.

Address: 8693 NC Hwy 150, Terrell, NC, 28682

Best way to book: Online

Lake Wylie

Ebenezer Park Lake Wylie
Courtesy of Ebenezer Park.

Lake Wylie Boat Rentals 

This rental company offers pontoons, which fit up to 10 people, and gas is included.

Price: $500-$600 for a full day (eight hours).

  • $300-$400 for a half-day (four hours).

Address: 1500 River D., Belmont 28012

Best way to book: Online

Tega Cay Marina 

The business 12-passenger pontoons available for rent, and the first full tank of gas is included in the rental.

Price: They offer full-day (eight-hour), half-day (four-hour) and two-hour rentals.

  • Monday – Thursday half-day: $375.
  • Monday – Thursday full-day: $425.
  • Friday – Sunday – full-day: $495.
  • Holiday weekends/weekdays full-day $625 or half-day: $425.
  • Evening rentals from May 1 – Sept. 30: Thursday through Sunday two hours, $250.00.

Address: 28000 Marina Drive Tega Cay, SC, 29708

Best way to book: By phone at 803-371-6913 or email [email protected].

Boat Rental USA 

Has a fleet of pontoons ranging from eight-14-passenger luxury pontoons available for rent.

Price: They offer full-day (six to eight-hour) and multi-day specials for vacation renters.

  • Prices range from $350-$650 daily.
  • Up to 35% discounts on multi-day rentals for three to four days. 

Address: Multiple locations on Lake Wylie this summer but will expand to Lake Norman next summer.

Best way to book: Online or call (980) 500-2889

Wave Kings Watercraft and Adventures

A Black-owned boat company with tritoon boats that seat up to 12 people.

Price: They offer two-hour, three-hour and four-hour rentals.

  • Two-hour rentals start at $269.99.
  • Three-hour rentals start at $389.99.
  • Four-hour rentals start at $499.99.

Of note: Tickets are $35/person every other Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm. That includes complimentary wine and snacks.

Best way to book: Online

Address: In Mt. Holly at 1000 Mariana Village Dr.

Wine down Wednesdays with Wave Kings. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Editor’s note: We first published this guide in May 2022. We updated it in July 2023.

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