Cape Cod Boat Rentals

Pleasant Bay

Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals is proud to offer the newest and most dependable fleet of Hobie Catamarans, kayaks and paddle boards for rent on Cape Cod.  Come experience the charms of Pleasant Bay!

RENTAL POLICIES-

  • At least one participant must be 18 years or older and possess a valid picture ID.
  • All participants must be able to swim.  Minimum age of participants is 4 years old.
  • To ensure the safety of our customers, all rental equipment is limited to staying within Big Pleasant Bay at all times.
  • Adequate sailing experience is required.  Instructors are available if needed.
  • Life jackets will be provided and must be worn at all times.
  • Rental rates do not include MA sales tax (currently 6.25%).

PLEASE REFER TO THE FAQ’S BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION

Hobie Cat Getaway

Length: 16 ft
Capacity: 6 people
Sails: Main and Jib

Rate:  $125.00 first hour 

$35.00 each additional hour

Please refer to our online calendar for available rental times.

Hobie Cat Wave

Length: 14 ft
Capacity: 4 people
Sails: Main only

Rate:  $95.00 first hour

$35.00 each additional hour

Please refer to our online calendar for available rental times.

Private Sailing Lessons

Learn the life sport of sailing with Down Cape’s private sailing instruction.  Couples and families are encourage to learn together!

Rate:  $195.00   90 mins

Up to 3 participants at a time.

Please refer to our online calendar for available rental times.

Double Kayak

Old Town Sit-inside Kayak
Capacity: 2 people

Rate:  $45.00 first hour

$25.00 each additional hour

Please refer to our online calendar for available rental times.

Single Kayak

Old Town Sit-inside Kayak
Capacity: 1 person

Rate:  $35.00 first hour

$25.00 each additional hour

Please refer to our online calendar for available rental times.

Paddle Board

Tahe 10′ and 11′ boards
Capacity: 1 person

Rate:  $45.00 first hour

$25.00 each additional hour

Please refer to our online calendar for available rental times.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to rent?

You must be 18 years or older, or accompanied by someone who is, in order to rent a kayak, paddle board or sailboat.

All participants must be able to swim.  The minimum eligible age is 4 years old.

How much experience do I need?

Kayaking and paddle boarding are low­ impact activities that can be performed by just about anyone after some quick instruction.  Beginners should aim for a day with little/no wind for best results.   Check out our Weather Information page for more info.

Catamaran renters should have a sufficient level of skills to handle a sailboat in all reasonable conditions.

A $50 rescue fee will be charged for any sailboat that needs to be towed back to our beach for reasons other than mechanical failure.  Typically, this happens because people overstate their sailing experience and struggle to return on time.  Sometimes they struggle to return at all!

If there is any doubt in your mind about your own sailing abilities, avoid the hassle and schedule a lesson.  We guarantee you will get more out of your experience and you’ll end up a better sailor.

Do I need a reservation?

In the summer season it is not uncommon for us to have no availability on busy days.  Please, do not count on just showing up and getting a boat.  Even in slower periods a reservation allows us to make sure your boat is ready when you arrive ­ – no waiting!

What if I need to cancel my reservation? What if there is bad weather?

For cancellations made 48 hours or more in advance a full refund will be issued.  Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance will be charged 50%.  No-shows and cancellations made less than 3 hrs before the rental will be charged full price.  We regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies as a cause for late cancellation.

We will not operate in hazardous weather conditions such as heavy rain, thick fog, high winds or thunder and lightning.  However, no guarantees can be made that every day will be perfectly sunny.  So we will operate as usual in overcast conditions, light fog and in intermittent sprinkles.  The final decision on weather related cancellations rests with us and reservations should be considered upheld unless you speak with us directly over the phone.  If weather cancels your reservation we will make every effort to reschedule for another day.  Otherwise, a full refund will be issued.  If weather cuts your rental short, we will prorate the unused portion.

All refunds will be at the sole discretion of Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals, Inc.

How early should I show up for my reservation?

To leave enough time for our check-­in procedure, we recommend your party arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled rental time.  Leave yourself some margin for traffic or parking related delays, pre-departure bathroom stops, etc.  Renters arriving late must still return at the regularly scheduled time.  There will be no refunds for those arriving late.  Equipment is often scheduled multiple times per day and keeping a strict schedule ensures that all of our reservations are honored.

What should I wear? What should I bring?

Renters will need a valid photo ID and a form of payment if they have not prepaid.  Most renters bring water, a towel, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.  You will be on the water so we recommend wearing clothing and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet.

We are happy to provide a small dry bag for your valuables.  This might include a cellphone (to contact us in an emergency) or a camera.  If you will not be bring a phone, make sure somebody has a waterproof watch.  It is YOUR responsibility to bring the boat back on time.  We will not be able to signal you or warn you.

Note:  Dry bags are not foolproof.  Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals assumes no responsibility for items stored in a dry bag. 

Where can I take the equipment? Do you deliver equipment off-site?

Sailboats are restricted to staying within our field of vision at all times.  Renters can explore approximately 3 square miles of Big Pleasant Bay and potentially beach the boat and explore designated areas of nearby islands.

Kayaks and paddle boards usually do not get very far from our dock in a one hour rental.  Our rental staff will be happy to direct longer rentals to some interesting locations nearby, including several islands and creeks.

We do not offer off-site rentals or delivery at this time.

Do you provide life jackets?

Yes.  PFD’s must be worn by everybody using our equipment.  The life jacket will keep you afloat if you are tired or cold and is a critical piece of safety gear.  It is very difficult to put on a life jacket when you’re in the water, so better to wear it all the time.

We have life jackets for all shapes and sizes.  Younger children are welcome to bring their own life jacket if they are more comfortable, provided it is Coast Guard approved (no arm floaties).  Otherwise, we have several kids sizes.  Note that the age minimum for participants is 4.

Are pets allowed on your equipment?

We currently do not allow pets on any our rental equipment.

If I am renting, does that allow me access to the resort facilities?

Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals is not owned by the Wequassett Resort.  Using our services does not entitle you use of any resort facilities outside of the restrooms and parking lot.  The resort pool, deck area and beach chairs are strictly reserved for resort guests only.

Renters are allowed access to any part of the resort that is normally open to the public.  This includes four restaurants: the Outer Bar & Grille, Thoreau’s, Twenty­Eight Atlantic and the waterfront bar, LiBAYtion.  (Please note: LiBAYtion and the beachfront terrace open to the public after 4:30pm during the summer season).

Can we keep the equipment out longer if we are enjoying ourselves?

Possibly.  If there are no other existing reservations for your boat then we’d be happy to extend your rental period (assuming we are not about to close).  We ask that you check in with us at the conclusion of your rental.  If we have a reservation the boat will have to be returned as scheduled.

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