BOATING LAWS

Instructions & Frequently Asked Questions

​At Twisted Anchor Boat Rentals, your safety is our number one priority.

 We are available at all times throughout the whole rental process.  From the initial contact, to returning to the dock, we only want the best experience for our clients.  Book your rental  today by calling us at 941-348-3292.

Boating Rental Operating Instructions
  • There are many shallow areas that can come up fast so always stay between the RED & GREEN channel markers to avoid running aground. ​​

  • To avoid damage to the prop, please stay clear of any buoys or trap markers, and if you get stuck, trim the motor up and shift the weight to the front of the boat.  

  • There are designated NO WAKE ZONES and SLOW SPEED MINIMUM WAKE signs that are clearly marked so please obey at all times.  This rule is taken very seriously and is cause to be stopped.

  • PLEASE STAY IN THE CHANNELS!!  THERE ARE A LOT OF SHALLOWS THAT CAN CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE BOAT, SEAGRASS BEDS AND UNSAFE BOATING CONDITIONS. USE THE GARMIN GPS AT ALL TIMES.

  • BEACHING THE BOAT IS PROHIBITED.  It can cause serious damage.

  • WAKE NAVIGATION: When you are approached by a large boat in the channel, slow down as their wake could swamp the boat.

  • MARINE GARMIN GPS will be onboard to help navigate the channels, water depth and your location.   A tutorial will be given prior to leaving the dock.

  • Beaching the boat is discouraged as it can easily cause damage.  

  • Drop the anchor first when ANCHORING THE BOAT.  To set the anchor, pull the rope taught.  When bringing the anchor on board, please rinse it off and take care not to damage the boat.

  • ALWAYS  put the ladder up before the boat is moved.  It will cause damage ​if it is left down. ​ ​

  • DRIVER/OPERATOR Twisted Anchor Boats requires the designated driver, signed on the driver/operator waiver, to be at least 30 years of age, have at least two years of legitimate operating a boat experience, anchoring and docking experience and have a valid drivers license.  

  • It is the drivers/operators responsibility to keep everyone onboard, other vessel on the water and their passengers safe.  All safety equipment and rules and regulations will be reviewed before driving the boat.  

  • Twisted Anchor Boats, LLC reserves the right to refuse a driver if any representative in the company feels the driver has misrepresented themselves in regards to experience or safety. 

  • Everyone is to remain seated in designated seating areas while the boat is in motion. Do not sit on the back of the seats. Keep gates closed at all times while the boat is in motion. Do not enter the water when the motor is on. Do not dive in the water before the water depth is confirmed. 

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Please obey all slow speed and minimum/no wave zones

Florida Boating Laws
  • LIFE JACKETS: Children 6 years and under are required to wear a USCG approved life jacket at all times while onboard the boat, and any child over 6 years and under 90lbs is required to have a life jacket available when the boat is moving. Life jackets are easily accessible for everyone on board. (Infant/Child/Youth life jackets are subject to availability.) Infants are not recommended to come aboard.  If they are brought on board, the renter assumes all responsibility and liability.  And must provide a USCG approved life jacket-sized 8-30 lbs. if not available by Twisted Anchor Boats.

  • ALCOHOL IS PROHIBITED WHILE DRIVING.  A BUI (Boating Under the Influence) will go on your record permanently.  

  • DRIVER/OPERATOR Twisted Anchor Boats requires the designated driver, signed on the driver/operator waiver, to be at least 30 years of age, have at least two years of legitimate operating a boat experience and have a valid drivers license.  

  • KILL SWITCH: Florida "Ethan's" Law requires the driver/operator to wear the kill switch at all times while operating the boat.

  • SPECIAL HAZARD LAW:  Requires all boaters within 300 feet  from a law enforcement boat with the lights or sirens on, to slow to minimum wake speed.

  • Under Federal and/or State law it is a crime to operate a boat while persons are sitting on the front (bow), sides (gunwales), rear (stern), or swim platform. This behavior is considered grossly negligent operation of a boat.

  • FLORIDA LAW REQUIRES anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 to have completed a Boating Safety Course in order to operate a boat. A Florida Boat Renter Temporary Certificate can be obtained on-line for $9.99 at:  www.boat-ed.com/floridarental

  • FISHING: Only allowed on 22ft Harris-If  you do fish please be aware of the State laws and Twisted Anchor Boats guidelines below. Florida law requires that anyone 16 or older obtain a Florida Fishing License. (See fishing policy below)

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED ON BOARD THE PONTOON BOATS:

  • Aerosol spray lotions

  • Fishing not allowed on Godfrey

  • Fishing equipment

  • Smoking

  • Sharp objects  

  • Alcohol consumed by the driver

  • Rowdy or unsafe behavior

  • Towing/Tubing/Skiing 

  • Using life jackets to wade in the water

  • Grills/Fires/Fireworks

  • Illegal drugs and Firearms

  • Anyone onboard not listed on and signed the participant liability waiver

  • Anyone driving the boat that has not signed the driver/operator waiver ​

PERMISSIBLE NAVIGATION LIMITS:

  • Jewfish Key and Beer Can Island areas

  • Gulf waters-no further offshore than 1 mile

  • No further North than Egmont Key

  • No further South than Lido Key

  • North to Egmont Key and South in Sarasota Bay are permissible with prior permission from Twisted Anchor Boats, LLC. This will depend on the current weather conditions, number of people onboard and driver experience

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR RENTALS: 

Cancellation must be made BY PHONE PRIOR to 48 hours to the start of the rental period in order to get a deposit refund. Any cancellation made less than 48 hours prior to the start rental period will not be eligible for a refund.


DRIVER REQUIREMENTS:

  • All drivers must have at least two years of prior legitimate boating experience.

  • All drivers must be at least 30 years of age and provide a valid driver's license.

  • All drivers born after 01/01/1988 must complete a Boating Safety Course and show proof of completion before operating the boat.

  • All drivers must complete a liability waiver form prior to the start of the rental.

  • Twisted Anchor Boats, LLC reserves the right to refuse a driver if any representative of the company feels the driver has misrepresented themselves in regards to experience and/or adhering to safety.

DAMAGE DEPOSIT:

  • A $300 damage deposit will be held on the renter's credit card the morning of the start of the rental period. 

  • The boat will be fully inspected upon return.  If there is no damage to the vessel, the full deposit will be returned within 48 hours after the inspection. 

  • The renter will be responsible if the costs of repairs, damage or loss exceeds $300.

  • Per Rental agreement, you will be held responsible for any damage to the vessel and may incur an extra cleaning charge which is subject to inspection.  ​

BAD WEATHER POLICY:

We take your safety very seriously and monitor the weather before and during your rental period. 
Conditions that would qualify for a refund:

  • If there is a small craft advisory

  • 80% chance of rain

  • Rain showers lasting more than 3 hours.  (Short showers do not quality)

  • All weather forecasts are done through the local Bay News 9 Doppler Radar.

  • We have frequent showers and thunderstorms that can not always be predicted and you may be asked to return to the dock sooner than the end of the rental period for your safety.  This does not quality for a refund of any kind. (Multi-day rentals do not qualify for refunds if the weather is bad at any time during the rental period.)


GAS:

  • The boat will be delivered with a full gas tank 

  • It is the renter's responsibility to return the tank full OR Twisted Anchor Boats will fill at $5.00 a gallon.  We do not charge a service fee on top of that.

  • The gas use will be checked upon return and the renter will be informed of usage and charge. 

  • If you prefer to fill up, there are several marina's on the water but they typically charge more per gallon  (Cannons in Longboat; Tide Tables, Annie's Bait & Tackle, and Seafood Shack in Cortez; Key's Marina and Waterline Marina in Holmes Beach, and Galati's Marina in Anna Maria.)

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • All adult USCG approved life vests.  Infant, Child and Youth life vests are subject to availability

  • All USCG required safety equipment

  • Dock ties, dock bumpers and anchors

  • Blue-tooth stereo system

  • ​Marine Garmin GPS

  • Map of the local boating areas

  • An onboard tutorial will be given prior to leaving the dock

  • COOLER available to rent @$10 for the day

FISHING POLICY: ​

  • Fishing is allowed on the 22ft Harris & 20ft Bennington pontoons and the following guidelines:

  • Anyone onboard 16 and over fishing, must have a fishing license and must adhere to legal limit, fishing seasons and Florida State fishing laws. They can be purchased at Walmart, Keys Marina/Island Discount Tackle in Holmes Beach, Manatee Tax Collector Office, or at: www.gooutdoorsflorida.com  A non-resident three day Saltwater Fishing License can be purchased for $17.00.

  • Rent poles and bait at the Bridge Street Pier:  https://www.bridgestreetbaitshop.com/fishing-pole-rentals

  • Catch and release is preferred

  • ONLY FISHING OFF THE BACK OF THE BOAT IS ALLOWED

  • FISHING POLES AND EQUIPMENT ARE TO BE KEPT ON THE FLOOR

  • DO NOT USE THE FLOOR OF THE BOAT TO CUT ANYTHING

  • NO SHARP OBJECTS ON THE SEATS OR ANY ON THE UPHOLSTERY

  • DO NOT FISH IN THE CHANNELS.  IT IS DANGEROUS!!

  • DO NOT CLEAN FISH ON THE BOAT.  There is a cleaning station at the dock.

  • Renter is responsible for any damages, injury or possible extra cleaning fee incurred while fishing

PET POLICY:

  • One pet is allowed ONLY on Bennington & Harris pontoons with prior permission

  • Pet must be 50lbs or under

  • No incessant barking, biting, chewing or jumping tendencies are allowed

  • Pet must be listed on the liability waiver and signed by the owner

  • Pet must be current with Rabies vaccination

  • Owner will be responsible for possible extra $25 cleaning fee

  • Owner will be responsible for any damages or injury caused by and to the pet

      PICK UP LOCATION
    Coquina North Boat Ramp

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Fully charged cell phones and a way to keep them dry

  • Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses

  • Extra towels, dry clothes & jacket

  • Cooler with food, drinks and snacks

  • Noodles for wading in the water

  • Toys for sand 

  • Fresh water for rinsing off

  • A fun attitude!