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Where is the pickup location?

Cessna Landing which is located central to Santa Rosa Beach, FL. We recommend using Google Maps for directions.

How long does it take to get to Crab Island from Cessna Landing?

Usually, it takes 40 min-1 hour each way depending on several factors such as how much weight is on the boat, water and or wind conditions, speed, etc.

How far away is Crab Island from Cessna Landing?

20 miles, 40 mile round trip

How many people can you take on your boats?

We can take up to 10 people plus captain.

If we have 14 or more people, how do we go on a cruise?

Book two Luxury Cruises so you get two boats. No LEGAL charter can take more than 13 people plus captain. We allow 10 plus captain on our boats.

How can 30A Boat Valet take up to 10 people plus captain when other charters and rental companies we called can only take up to 6 people?

We operate under different regulations. There is commercial law and recreational law. We operate under recreational law which allow us to take more people.

What’s the total price for an 8 hour Luxury Cruise?

An estimated ballpark total is usually around $1672 or so, give or take. You can check the home page to see full pricing info on all three of our Luxury Cruise options.

Why are your prices higher than other charters?

Simply, we provide more value. We have the highest quality, largest, most powerful, and best equipped luxury pontoon boats in the area. All of the captains we work with are master rated well experienced (hence; master rated) captains that know our area and waters like second nature. We offer more convenience. We can take more people than most.

Do you offer discounts for booking multiple cruises?

We do not.

Is alcohol, food, other drinks allowed onboard?

Yes just no dye colors like red, yellow, etc

What is your weather policy?

Florida is known for pop up rain and small short lived storms that come and go; you will not be refunded for cancellations made due to rain or storms that occur while you are on the water or rain in a forecast that is over 72 hours prior to your departure date. Bad weather, defined as severe and resulting in a small craft advisory issued for the Bay by US Coast Guard do to lightning and or high winds (25 mph or higher); you can cancel the booking and receive a refund minus the non-refundable deposit.

Can we rent floats and toys from you?

A big lily pad and a few personal floats are included for all of our Luxury Cruises. You can also rent an 11 ft paddle board and 3 person tube.

How do I rent the floats and toys?

A lily pad and some personal floats are included with all of our cruises but we also offer the option to add an 11 ft inflatable paddle board, 3 person tube. Just add to your booking during the booking process.

What is a Charterer?

A Charterer is a person or organization that charters a boat, aircraft, or bus. In your case, its a boat (obviously ;)).

What does a Charterer do?

The charterer plans the boat’s voyage (aka trip, aka cruise) and the arrangements for the handling of cargo (items, toys, belongings) during loading and unloading. As such, he is responsible for the safety of the ship/boat, its crew, and the cargo. The charter party is signed between the shipowner/boat owner and the charterer.

What are the responsibilities of a Charterer?

A valid and legitimate Bareboat Charter is an agreement where the Charterer (the person or organization that charters the boat) has use of the vessel (boat) for a period of time and is considered the owner. A charterer takes on the legal obligations, is responsible for the crew, passengers carried, and others.

What makes a Bareboat charter valid and legitimate?

Elements of a valid and legitimate Bareboat charter may include: 

1) The charterer must have the option of selecting & paying crew, although the owner may require general levels of proficiency for the crew that is retained based on federal statutes;

2) The master/crew are paid by the charterer;

3) All food, fuel and stores are provided by the charterer;

4) Insurance is obtained by the charterer;

5) The charterer is responsible for the safe navigation of the vessel;

6) A platform for events that does not involve consideration, even when moored at the pier; and

7) The vessel is surveyed upon return to the owner.

Does this mean the Charterer is liable and responsible for the boat?

Yes. As the legal Charterer (boat owner/lessee), you are fully liable and responsible for the boat, crew, and anything else related to the charter for the term of the booking no matter what happens. 

Am I responsible for the crew or captain also?

Yes, you’re both responsible and liable for the crew, boat, and anything else related to your booking.

Do I still have to navigate or drive even if I hired a captain or crew from your list?

No, that is why you hired the captain or crew… so you don’t have to navigate or concern yourself with knowing where to go or knowing marine rules etc. The captains from our list are all very experienced and know our waters very well.

What if I’m injured while we’re out on the boat, will the charter company cover that?

No. Again, as the valid Charterer; the owner of the boat for the term of the booking… you are fully responsible and liable for everything; yourself, your passengers, your crew or captain, everything on the boat etc.

If the boat is damaged in any way while I’m the Charterer, I am responsible for fixing it?

Yes, you are the Charterer so you own the boat for the term of the booking. Meaning, you are fully responsible and liable for anything that happens. You don’t have to fix the damage yourself, however, we will charge your card on file for the cost of repairs.

Is a 4 Hour Luxury Cruise enough time to go to Crab Island?

It depends on how much you want to relax or if you just want to visit for a short bit and do other things or head back to port and move on with your day. 4 hours allows for about 2 hours or so to be spent at Crab Island before heading back back to port. We usually recommend 8 Hours if you really want to just relax and enjoy your day without having to worry about time so much. 8 hours allows much more time at Crab Island, additionally; enjoy checking out the beaches on the south side of Crab Island, tour the Destin Harbor, have a meal at one of the local water front restaurants such as The Gulf, Boathouse Oyster Bar, etc, go dolphin spotting (if they are out and about), possibly even tour the Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina to see all the beautiful motor yachts on display. You will need to plan this out a bit if you decide to fit all that in but these are just recommendations which you can choose all or part of.

Do the boats all come with safety equipment?

Yes, all boats in our fleet are equipped with all US Coast Guard approved and required safety equipment.

Do you have kids life jackets and are they required to wear them?

Florida law requires children 6 and under to wear a life jacket while under way. They can take them off when moored or and anchor.

I know it says 10 people plus captain max, what if we have 14 or more people but 1 or more of them are kids/babies/infants; do they count?

YES they count meaning NO you cannot not put more than 10 people plus captain on the boat (a person is a body, kids, babies, and infants are bodies). US Coast Guard law allows us to take up to 10 people plus captain.

We have a big group, how many people or how big of a group can you accommodate?

We can accommodate up to 30 total people on our pontoon boats.

What’s the total price of the your Luxury Cruises?

Our current rates, including the captain hiring fee (paid directly to the captain after you hire) and fuel are as follows:

1.5 hour: $477 est

4 hour: $922 est

8 hour: $1672 est 

Estimated price includes boat hiring, fuel, lily pad, cooler with ice, other floats, and captain.

*NOTE; the captain is paid separately and directly in accordance with USCG regulations.

Does the price for the cruise include everything?

We do provide the lily pad and cooler with ice but, in order to be in compliance with US Coast Guard law we are not allowed to include everything in our pricing. We are required to itemize prices. Meaning, the boat (the cruise in our case), crew (captain), fuel (refill after the booking), toys, etc are all itemized when you book. You will pay the captain directly prior to your booking (Captain hiring fees are quoted in the Luxury Cruise descriptions, in the booking process where you will agree and acknowledge them, in your confirmation email, and finally in your Charterer Agreement & Waiver linked in your confirmation email. Fuel can either be paid as a flat rate during the booking process or will be surcharged to the card on file after the booking takes place.

Is smoking or vaping allowed onboard?

NO!

Is alcohol, food, and drinks for sale at Crab Island?

Yes

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

ALL Bookings are final No rescheduling within 72 hours prior to booking.

We can refund the balance paid less the non-refundable deposit at any time. We can also reschedule up to 72 hours prior to cruise date as long as dates and times are available.

Do we bring our own coolers or can we rent some from you?

We offer coolers with ice for you to rent.

How do I choose a captain?

There is a list of captains in the Charterer Agreement & Waiver. You can call Captain Jonny Spector from that list if you would like help in selecting a captain. Capt Jonny’s direct number is listed beside his name. If he doesn’t answer right away he may be on the water and will return your call/text ASAP.