FAQ

Do you rent boats?

  • Yes, we rent sailboats and power boats.

What do your boats look like?

  • All of our boats can be viewed on our website under Boat Rentals.

How do I reserve a boat?

  • You can reserve a boat by calling us at 416-203-3000 or by visiting us in our office at 275 Queens Quay West. In order to hold a reservation, we require a 25% deposit if you are making the reservation more than 30 days prior to your booking, and 100% of the payment if within 30 days of your booking.
  • You can make a reservation at any time, however, we do recommend that you call a few days before your intended booking time to ensure that your desired time and boat is available.

What license do you need to take out a boat?

  • You need a Valid G class drivers license for our Paradise F13’s and Lunds OR a Pleasure Craft Operators Card (boating license) and we will provide you with a temporary Toronto Harbour License
  • For the rest of our fleet, you need to fill out a Boating Resume so we know how much boating experience you have had. Once your resume has been approved, we will provide you with temporary licensing.

What does experience necessary mean?

Experience necessary means that you must have previous experience with either sailboats or power boats in order to rent them. This includes previously taking a course, owning your own boat, renting multiple times in the summer, or previously working on boats. You must fill out our Boating Resume, which asks you to outline what kind of experience you have with boats, and must be approved by our management before you are permitted to take out any of our sailboats or larger power boats.

If I have no experience, which boats can I take out?

  • If you have no experience, you are eligible to rent two of our powerboats, the Paradise F13 two-seater power boats and the Lund Smokercraft and Lund Fury four-seater power boats. All you need in order to rent one of these power boats is a Valid G Driver’s License and be 21 years of age or older, or a Pleasure Craft Operators Card and be 18 years of age or older.
  • For all sailboats and larger power boats, you also have the option of hiring a skipper for an additional fee. We require that you make the reservation at least 7 days before your desired booking. Please call us at 416-203-3000 for any cost inquiries.

How do I get boating experience?

  • You can take a course recognized by Sail Canada, which we offer for both sailing and power boating.

What kinds of courses do you have?

  • We offer a variety of courses for both sailing and power boating. We offer courses for dinghy sailing, keelboat sailing and power boating, as well as dry dock courses such as the Toronto Harbour License and VHF Radio License available for beginners to more advanced boaters. For a full list of courses, course-start dates and pricing, please go to Courses on our website.

What do I need to rent a Paradise F13 or a Lund Fury/Smokercraft?

  • You must be 21 years of age or older with a Valid G Driver’s License or 18 years of age or older with a Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card (PCOC)
  • You must also provide a credit card for a $500 damage deposit, which is returned to you at the end of your rental.
  • You must have a cell phone on the boat with you so we can reach you while you are out on the water.

How fast do your boats go?

  • Our Paradise F13’s and Lunds are restricted within the Inner Harbour which has a speed limit of 6mph, or approximately 11km/hr.
  • Our larger boats are able to be driven in the Outer Harbour, and can reach must faster speeds.

Where are you allowed to go?

  • No boats are permitted in the Toronto Island Airport zone and are subject to a $10,000 fine if caught in the area.
  • All dinghy sailboats and power boats 15ft and under are restricted to the Inner Harbour.
  • All keel sailboats and power boats larger than 15ft are permitted to go in both the Inner and Outer Harbour.
  • You are welcome to travel through the Toronto Islands, and will be given a map to take with you on the boat that details where you can and cannot go.

How do I become a member?

  • You must fill out a Boating Resume to prove your experience, and then you can choose between a Sailing Club Membership and Dinghy Membership.
  • Students who complete our Sail Canada Basic Cruising, Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising, Sail Canada Advanced Cruising or our Sail Canada Basic Power Boating are eligible for discounts. ( Power students will receive vouchers for rentals)

Which boats am I responsible for refueling?

  • You are responsible for refueling all of our power boats at the Toronto Island Marina except for our Paradise F13s, Lund Smokercrafts/Furys and the Pontoon boats. A flat fee should be paid at the front desk for the Pontoon boats.

Where are you located?

  • We are located at 275 Queens Quay West, at the corner of Queens Quay and Rees Street. We are located a block west from Harbourfront Centre at 235 Queens Quay West. We are located south of the Rogers Centre.

Is there parking available?

  • There are Harbourfront Centre parking lots accessible in two locations along the waterfront. The P3 Rees Street Lot is street-level parking located on the north side of Queens Quay West, just west of Rees Street, right across from our location. The P6 Spadina Pier Parking Garage is underground parking located at 539 Queens Quay West on the south side of Queens Quay West adjacent to the Toronto Music Garden between Bathurst St. and Spadina Ave, about 2 blocks east from our location.

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When does Boating Season begin and end?

  • We are open for boating at the beginning of May until the middle of October.

I wrote my Basic exam and have not yet received my seal. When can I expect it?

  • It takes approximately 4 – 6 weeks for seals to be processed. If you have not received your seal and it has gone over the expected 4 – 6 weeks, please contact our office at 416-203-3000.

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I wrote my Pleasure Craft Operators Card test and have not yet received my card. When can I expect it?

  • It takes approximately 4 – 6 weeks for applications to be processed. If you have not received your card and it has gone over the expected 4 – 6 weeks, please contact our office at 416-203-3000.

I took the Toronto Harbour License and have not yet received my card. When can I expect it?

  • It takes approximately 4 – 6 weeks for applications to be processed. If you have not received your card and it has gone over the expected 4 – 6 weeks, please contact our office at 416-203-3000.