Pontoon Rental - Update

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  1. cpete

    cpete Beach Lover

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    Just thought I'd give an update on the pontoon rental for those who may be considering.

    First, thought... Should have done the full day, it was great!

    We went with Shell Island Boat Rentals and Tours. They are in the Treasure Island Marina off of Thomas drive in Panama City. They were very helpfull, the boats were clean and very comfortable.

    We had four in our party, myself, my wife, mother-in-law, and our three year old son. We went out for four hours in the morning 8 to 12. On the way out we had a dolphin swim right up to the side of the boat. It spent a few moments swimming around the boat and then away. It was enough time for eveyone to get a good look. Awesome! Was hoping for that but not expecting it.

    We went right to where they had insructed us, a cut in shell Island where you could walk to the Gulf side. I counted a dozen boats, I'm guessing that may be on the light side. Most people stayed on the bay side. Go ahead and shlep your stuff (note to self - bring less next time) to the Gulf side, find a spot and soak it in. The water rivaled other places I have been in Mexico, and Belize. As I walked over to the gulf side, the contrast between the sugar white sand and the deep blue sky really caught my attention. I found myself stopping and just staring at it.

    We had a great time and it was definately worth the money. Probably the best fun for the price and somthing the whole family can enjoy. It makes me wonder what other special places are out there. Hopefully those who know where those places are will keep them a secret and hopefully I will stumble accross them one of these days. We've been comming to SOWAL for five years, and I see us coming back year after year.

    P.S. If any body is intimidated about the boat drive, don't be. It was simple, just listen to what the guys/gals at the dock have to say and you'll be fine. If you've driven you share of water skiers/wakeboarders you'll have no problem.

    Have fun!! :D
     
  2. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter got any pics?

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    Thanks for the update. How much for the 1/2 day. AND were they renting deckboats or bowriders?
     
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    I have always referred to these boats as pontoon boats. There is a bow on the boat seperated by a swinging gate. I probably wouldn't "ride" on the bow for fear of falling off the front and under the boat. It was an outboard 50 Evinrude, I think. Not allot of HP but enough. Price was $170.00 for four hours. I was going back and forth between this and a half day fishing for myself. For my group, this time, this was the biggest bang (Funn) for the buck. Next year we will probably go two times, maybe one day on their Boston Whaler, which they also rent.

    :D
     
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    Sounds like a perfect morning!! :clap_1:
     
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    RiverOtter got any pics?

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    Bowrider

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    Deckboat

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  7. melodiagrand

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    they rent pontoon boats, Boston whalers, and give Captain guided private tours on waverunners or by boat. Swim with dolphin trips, shelling, snorkeling
    234-SAIL
     
  8. goin' coastal

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    Wow, swim with the dolphins--that would be nice. May I assume your house is Melodia Grand? It was one of our favorite places to stay before we built our house in Old Seagrove. I admit I stole some building ideas from it. Tom Christ/Mark Breau house, it is a great place. Glad we had the opportunity to stay there.
     
  9. DERBYGIRL

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    We rented a pontoon boat in Panama City last year but I cannot remember the name of the place. It was next to a bridge and located at a deserted bar/restaurant right on the water. Does anyone know? We are staying in Grayton Beach this year and need to make our reservation. We had a great time doing this. The kids loved it. Would appreciate any help with the name.

    Thanks
     
  10. imasunbum

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    The restaurant that you speak of was Hamiltons. It got hit by a tornado year before last and looks like they are not going to rebuild. The pontoon boat rental place behind it used to be called "You're The Captain", but it may have changed names now. Sorry I couldn't say for sure.
     
  11. Lady D

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    :D 234-sail is great for a guided waverunner tour! The pontoon boat ride sounds great. No experience at operating a pontoon boat though even though I have ridden on one. I am sure my husband and I could handle it ok!
     

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