Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q.  Can one person show up to rent watercraft and then take it to others at the beach?


A.  No.  All people in the rental party at least 18 years old must be present to sign a waiver as well as the parent or legal guardian of ALL minors under 18.


Q.  Is fuel included in the rental fee?


A.  Yes.  There is no additional charge for fuel.


Q.  If I pay the 50% deposit to rent watercraft and the weather is bad, do I get my deposit back?


A.  If the weather is unsafe (ie. thunderstorms, high waves) we can either reschedule your appointment if possible or you will be issued a refund.


Q.  How do I rent more than one jet ski at a time when I'm on the website?


A.  Each jet ski unit can be reserved separately.  Simply rent more than one unit at the same time interval.  If the same time interval is not available, please call 269-469-2600 ext 8 for assistance.


Q.  How old do you have to be to drive the watercraft?


A.  You must be 21 years old to rent watercraft.  If you are at least 18 you can drive with a parent or guardian present.


Q.  What is the cancellation policy?


A.  Unless the weather is unsafe or the appointment can be re-rented, due to high demand, we cannot issue a refund for cancellation.  


Q.  Can I rent a tube, water skis, or a wakeboard with the boat?


A.  Yes, tubes are $20-$60, skis are $25, and the wakeboard is $30.  This can be arranged at the time of rental.


Q.  Are tubes or skis allowed with the jet ski rentals?


A.  No, due to safety concerns, there is no towing allowed with jet ski rentals.


Q.  How early should I arrive for the rental?


A.  For boat rentals please arrive 45 minutes prior to rental time and for jet skis 30 minutes prior to rental time.  For yacht cruises, 15 minutes is sufficient.


Q.  Should I bring everyone in my party to the rental site?


A.  Yes, everyone should be present at time of rental as all those 18 and older will need to sign a waiver, including the parent or guardian of all minors.


Q.  What time zone is New Buffalo in?


A.  Eastern time (EST), which is 1 hour ahead of Chicago (Central) time.


Q.  How far can we take the watercraft?


A.  You are allowed to venture within approximately an 8 mile radius, ie. Michigan City to the west and Lakeside to the east.


Q.  Can I take the watercraft to a beach?


A.  Watercraft are not allowed ON the beach.  However you are allowed to take them NEAR the beach.  The boats have an anchor and we can provide an anchor for the jet skis.  You will need to be very careful to not take the watercraft into shallow water which could damage the prop on the boat or clog the intake on the jet skis.


Q.  What happens if I damage equipment that I'm renting?


A.  We expect that over the lifetiime of our rental equipment, it will see normal wear and tear.  However, if you return our equipment with dings/gouges/ scratches/dents/ripped upholstery/etc. that wouldn't occur from normal use, we will charge your credit card whatever it costs us to have the equipment repaired.  This is not an issue we expect to happen with even the slightest bit of frequency, but should the need arise, we work with some great companies that charge very fair prices for repairs.  In the event of equipment damage, we're simply concerned about getting our equipment back in good repair, not gouging you on the price for those repairs.


Addtionally, if the particular piece of equipment needs to be taken in for repairs , you will be charged the day rate for the damaged equipment each day until we're able to put it back in use.


It's in our best interest to get all damaged equipment back into service as soon as possible, so we will do everything in our power to avoid downtime for repairs.


Q.  What is the difference between a jet ski and a waverunner or seadoo?


A.  None. We use Jet Ski as a generic term for personal watercraft.

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Oselka Marina

514 W. Water St.

New Buffalo, MI 49117


Phone: (269) 469-2600

Fax:  (269) 469-0988



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