Sunset Cruise on Lake Wylie


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Sunset Cruise on Lake Wylie

Sunset cruises are one of the most beautiful times on the Lake. What better way to enjoy the evening than watching the sun set over Lake Wylie. Sounds great right?!

It is true. Sunset cruises are beautiful and an amazing experience anytime you get to do them.

We have created a new schedule for the fleet that allows customers the option to rent evening time slots that keep the boat out till 8pm (around sunset). There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the sunset over the lake!


Heated & Enclosed Pontoon Rentals

Lake Wylie Boat Rental is one of the only boat rental facilities that rent pontoons year around. We have plenty of customers that enjoy fishing and cruising the lake all year around.

With that in mind, we decided to get a heated enclosure on our winter fleet to keep our guests more comfortable out on the water. 

This new pontoon can comfortably fit 6 people inside the enclosure and another 4 outside.

If you’re interested in a winter outing on the lake, make sure to check our availability here and selected the Heated & Enclosed Veranda to see the available dates and times.



Top 10 What ‘NOT TO DOs’ on a Pontoon

Safety is our absolute #1 concern with our rental fleet. We care more about sending pontoons out safely than we do about the number of rentals we get.

Below are the Top 10 What NOT To Dos on a boat. Read them. Understand it. If you have ANY questions, ask us. You can ask when you arrive or ask in advance by contacting us online.

  1. DO NOT stand or sit outside of the pontoon railings:
    This is the MOST dangerous thing you can do on a pontoon.  This also accounts for the most severe injuries and fatalities on a pontoon boat (other than drownings).

Stay INSIDE the pontoon railings at ALL times while the engine is on or when the pontoon is not at anchor. This includes when you are docking the boat or anchoring the boat. Do NOT have passengers outside the railings or hanging over the seats/railings while docking or anchoring.

Remember, the prop will still dangerously spin for 10-30 seconds after the engine is turned off.

      2.  DO NOT get in the water without a life jacket:
The number one way to insure your safety on a boat is to wear a life jacket. It is the law that anyone under the age of 13 HAS to have a life jacket on at all times. Anyone, regardless of age or swimming ability, needs to have a life jacket on when they exit the boat to go swimming.

3. DO NOT put your arms/legs between you and the dock:
You might think you can stop the boat with your arms. Don’t. You run the risk of breaking your arm. The boat, even moving slowly carries tremendous amount of weighted force behind it.

4. DO NOT start the engine until everyone is on board and seated:
There should be a secondary lookout on ALL boats. Part of this person’s task on board is to insure all guests are on board the boat and seated BEFORE the driver starts the motor. Before you leave the dock, make sure you nominate an adult to act as the secondary lookout.

5. DO NOT jump off a moving boat:
Everyone has seen Baywatch. Diving off the side of a moving boat is extremely dangerous and considered negligent behavior. The list of ways you can be hurt doing this is too long to list. Do not jump off a moving boat.

   6. DO NOT dive into the lake:
Lake Wylie only has visibility a few feet into the water. You might think there is plenty of water to dive into but you do not know what hazards might be under the water that you can’t see. Always lower your body into the water using the boats boarding ladder.

7. DO NOT overload the boat:
Each pontoon boat is rated for a certain amount of weight on the boat. This weight limit includes passengers and any gear you bring on the boat (coolers etc). If you put more weight or passengers on the boat than it is rated for, you run the risk of damage and injury. Proper weight balance of the boat is important too. Do not have all the weight/passengers in the front of the boat or one side of the boat. The weight needs to be distributed evenly throughout the boat.

8. DO NOT operate the boat around people in the water:
Swimming in the lake is very popular. People swim off their docks, near the sand bars, and near the shorelines. It is your responsibility to keep a look out for people in the water. DO NOT operate the boat around people in the water. If you visit the sand bar, you need to keep a keen eye on everyone and make sure you are exiting the area extremely slowly and safely while keeping your boat away from other people in the water.

   9. DO NOT operate the boat fast in congested areas:
Boats do not have breaks. They do not turn or stop on a dime. It is important you remember the old boating saying; “Never drive a boat faster than you are willing to crash into something”. If you follow that rule, you’ll be safe. This is especially important while docking the boat. The slower you go, the slower you’ll hit the dock. Remember SLOW IS SAFE!

We and the numerous law enforcement agencies have a ZERO tolerance for drinking and operating a boat. Recently laws have been changed to impose the same legal consequence for DUIs as a BUI (Boating Under the Influence). The driver MUST be sober. The driver MUST be 30 years or older to operate a rental boat.


If you remember these 10 things, you will be well on your way to a safe trip on the water. This is not an exhaustive list of safety concerns. Lake Wylie and boating in general has hazards you need to know about. Our staff will go over daily specific hazards (such as debris in the water or lake levels) during each safety briefing before you leave the dock.






Summer Dock Assistant

Our business is only as good as our staff! Our staff is the first impression every customer has even before they step aboard our beautiful new pontoon boats. That first impression is very important to us.

We are searching for our 2021 dock assistants! Anyone interested should drop us a line on the contact us page. People interested should make sure to include their cell number, best time to reach you, and some background on why you would be good for this position.

PAY: $12 an hr.

Good Candidates for this Position have the following:

– The ability to talk to customers and communicate effectively and professionally

– The ability to lift gas cans that can weigh 40 lbs+

– The ability to be on time (we have a really low tolerance for not being at the marina on time)

– Reliable transportation (a truck is preferred as you’ll need to be able to get the gas from the gas station).

– Live close to the marina in Belmont (this job isn’t a good fit for someone with a long commute)

– Knowledge of boating and boating safety is a plus

– Access to a personal jet ski a major plus but obviously this is rare

Great employees in the past have been people that live on the lake near the marina, college students home for the summer, etc.


PERKS of working for us include:

– Access to luxury pontoons during the week (when available)

– Free CPR and Boating Safety Training

– Gain marine industry trade knowledge

– Gain on-water hours for USCG Captain’s License requirements

Boats for Sale: Lake Wylie

We get asked a lot by customers if we ever sell our rental pontoons. Of course we do! We maintain the newest and most luxurious rental fleet by ‘flipping’ the fleet every other year or so.

Generally speaking, we will sell our pontoons after two years in service (sometimes three, depending on the pontoon). How do we decide when its time to sell a pontoon? We start considering flipping a boat once it has reached 1,000 hrs on the engine.

A 1,000 running hours on an engine might sound like a lot, but let me explain why its not. With outboard marine engines, there are two kinds; ones that are tanks and will run forever, and ones that are complete lemons and give you nothing but problems. If an outboard engine has 1,000 hrs on it and it was owned by a rental fleet since it was new, chances are, that is an extremely well running and well maintained engine. You have NO IDEA what private owners do or don’t do with their engines. However, a rental company’s business depends on the engines being in premium condition all the time. So they take extremely good care of them!

Here is a list of our current boats for sale (Accurate as of April 2022):

NONE Currently for sale


All boats can be viewed and water tested by appointment only by calling 704-516-2674. Any viewings and testings must be done around the rental schedule.

Party Boat on Lake Wylie

We get asked about once a week if we offer a boat large enough to have an event on. We don’t. NOT YET! We are in the process of trying to obtain a vessel appropriate for this kind of function and also large enough to handle a good number of people (roughly 40 max).

As of this writing, we have not yet found that boat. It is a hard boat to find as Lake Wylie has some really shallow spots and really low clearance bridges. So, finding the right boat that can accommodate the Lake is paramount. We will find it though.

As of right now, there really isn’t any ‘party boat’ available for rental on Lake Wylie.  When we have more information about our process in the search for adding this service, we will update this page immediately.

Papa Doc’s Shore Club

The most anticipated restaurant to hit Lake Wylie area in some time, Papa Doc’s Shore Club opens this Summer!  The NEW Papa Doc’s Shore Club sits at the center of Lake Wylie in the heart of all the action. It is easy to access with plenty of dock space.

Formerly known as T-Bones on the Lake, and before that the Hungry Fisherman, the location has a long 50 year history of serving the Lake Wylie area.

This week Papa Doc’s invited a select few to come in and try their menu and preview the new renovations. They did not disappoint!

Here is our favorite things coming from Papa Doc’s:

‘Boat to Go’: Boat to Go will be a dock side ‘drive thru’ concept where boaters can call their order in and swing by the dock once it’s ready. This will not be available right when they open but will start by the time the summer is in full swing.

Dock Hands: The docks at T-Bones were always crazy. We have had some of our rental boats bumped into numerous times. Getting in and out of there on a busy Saturday afternoon can be a nightmare! Dock Hands employed by the restaurant to help maintain order on the dock will be a blessing to all boaters AND a huge step in the right direction for safety around a crowded dock.

Open Concept Design: T-Bones was always dark inside. The booths next to windows on the lakeside of the restaurant blocked ALL the natural light from coming into the space. Papa Doc’s has opened all that up and have installed floor to ceiling windows on the lakeside of the restaurant. This was literally the first thing I noticed. It made SUCH a big difference. Now, when you walk in you don’t feel like you are in a dark dungeon during the day. This makes the decision to eat inside rather than on the busy patio during the day not so bad!

The Patio: The patio ‘feels’ bigger. But really it has just been de-cluttered. I was hoping for a revamp of the whole patio but I can imagine doing any structural changes to the patio was prohibited. The patio has a facelift, thats about it. Patio goers will have a good since of nostalgia out there as it will look about the same.

Bars: There are so many bars inside, you can barely keep track of them all. 1 upstairs, 3 downstairs, and the patio bar. Grabbing a drink will not take long! I imagine they won’t have all bars open all the time, but having so many will defiantly help on a busy weekend!

Cleanliness: Obviously T-Bones was nasty after 24 years of half-assed cleaning crews. I solid inch of dust sat on the top of everything. Papa Doc’s is so fresh looking. Every inch of the place has been cleaned up and painted. You won’t feel like you are standing in a restaurant that has served this community for almost 50 years!

The ‘Lounge’: Upstairs, above what I will call the ‘Sailor’s Bar’, is a lounge. Just some nice private seating for grabbing a drink and relaxing without the busy patio bar goers. To me, this could be a nice date night with the significant other. Grab a nice cocktail, sit down at an intimate private lounge, and enjoy the evening. Previously, you wouldn’t dare consider T-Bones a date spot.


Really, there is a ton of things to be excited about. Papa Doc’s has the opportunity to blow the community away with a new level of service on Lake Wylie that no one has every had. As all locals know, T-Bones fell way short on the service. Papa Doc’s will step it up by leaps and bounds! More to come in following days as the Grand Opening will be announced soon.


Boat Clubs on Lake Wylie VS. Daily Rentals on Lake Wylie

People ask us all the time if they can sign up for a membership program since our boats are so new and so nice. We are only a daily rental outfit and do not offer memberships…. And here is why.

Most boat memberships charge a large “joining fee” and then monthly dues year around. You can’t sign up in May and cancel in August.

If you are the type of person that uses a boat 3+ times week, a boat club membership might make sense over buying a boat. Or does it?

Generally speaking, if you take care of your boat, you can sell it for not a huge loss. So, when you buy a boat, you need to consider that it’s “cost” is really the difference in what you bought it for and what you sold it for (plus maintenance, {membership clubs push the fact you don’t have to pay for maintenance but you do pay for fuel}).

Lets say you bought a $30,000 boat. You keep it for 3 years. Sell the same boat 3 years later for $20,000. The boat only costs you $10,000. 

Now, your initial joining fee for a boat club is generally ~$5,000. Then on top of that you get to pay $250-$300 a month fee (another $3,000-$3,600 a year contractually). So far in year one your cost is already $8,000-$8,600. By the end of year two the damage is $11,000-$12,200. And so on and so forth.

For perspective: I live on the lake. I can walk to my boat in less than 30 steps from my back porch. I love the water. I live for it. So does my whole family! Even with that, with all that in my favor, I don’t go out on the lake once a week for a day on the water!

So, WHY PAY FOR SOMETHING YOU’LL NEVER USE THAT MUCH!? Pay for what you’re going to use with a daily rental.


Click here for current rates.



Winter Blues

Fighting the winter blues is tough. We are ready for the season to get started!

During the off-season we have enjoyed a few snow flurries but we haven’t been sitting idle. We’re gearing up for our best season yet in 2019!

We currently have two of our pontoons up for sale in order to turn them over with brand new pontoons! (Click the link to view some photos and more info).

Also, we have been working on our digital platform and booking software to increase our user’s ease of booking. This is very important to us. We are the only rental boat fleet on Lake Wylie with a fully integrated online booking software. We want that technology to be easy for everyone to use and understand.

This year we have implemented ‘Digital Smart Waivers’. No more filling out lengthy release waivers at the dock. You will be able to do that before your reservation online! …and we get to save some trees and our environment at the same time. Win Win!

We are going to train some new staff at the dock before the season gets started and make sure that your check-in process continues to be quick and orderly.

If you have any questions or want to make a suggestion for us, just drop us a line!

How do we handle the Wait List

Weekends through the summer are a hot commodity. Saturdays will sell out June-August a month in advance some weeks.


This year we created the waitlist. It has worked great and has relieved some pressure off our cancelations (which we honestly do not get many).

We do want to let everyone know how the wait list works though. Its exciting, so buckle up.

Once we have a cancellation on a boat for a day that is sold out, we will promptly email and text the entire wait list at the same time. This notification will let them know that a boat has come available online.

From there, it is first come, first serve. The first customer to go to the site and book the boat online gets it.

The reason we do it this way is because we do NOT want to accidentally have a ‘double booking’. We pride ourselves on having the lowest double booking rate of any rental fleet. To date we have had exactly ZERO double bookings since we started the wait list:).