FAQ

Do you rent boats?

  • Yes, we rent sailboats and powerboats.

What other services do you provide?

  • Other than boat rentals, we also teach sailing and powerboating courses, boat licensing courses, and IYT and ICC courses.
  • We also offer a variety of Corporate Events.
  • We have Sailing Camps programs for children from the ages of 6 years to 16 years.

What do your boats look like?

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

What is the difference between a keelboat and a dinghy sailboat?

  • Keelboats have a fixed keel at the bottom of the boat. This keeps the boat upright. They also have an engine on the back. Keelboats can vary in size from 2 people and up.
  • Dinghies do not have a fixed keel, and therefore can capsize. You need to be able to right the boat. Dinghies do not have an engine. They are usually for 1-3 people.

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 to be 21 years old or over with a Valid G class drivers license for our Paradise F13s and Lunds OR  18 years of age with 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 Fury five-seater powerboats. 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 powerboats, 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 powerboating.

What kinds of courses do you have?

  • We offer a variety of courses for both sailing and powerboating. We offer courses for dinghy sailing, keelboat sailing and powerboating, 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?

  • 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 F13s 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?

  • All dinghy sailboats and power boats 18ft and under are restricted to the Inner Harbour.
  • All keel sailboats and powerboats larger than 19ft 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.
  • No boats are permitted in the Toronto Island Airport zone and are subject to a $10,000 fine if caught in the area.

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, Dinghy Membership and Power 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.
  • Memberships are based on an annual payment plan (12 monthly payments).

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 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 south of the Rogers Centre and the CN Tower. We are located a block west from Harbourfront Centre at 235 Queens Quay West.

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.