FOR RENTALS Traditional Pontoons are allowed 8 passengers.
Water Slides are allowed 12 passengers. All humans count--no exceptions per USCG rules. Dogs welcome! Max number is 3.
FOR CAPTAIN TRIPS The Captain's USCG license allows for 6 passengers max. All humans count--no exceptions per USCG rules. Dogs welcome! Max number is 2.
Can we go to Ship or Horn Island? NOPE--these are small pontoon boats not built for traveling in a true gulf environment. Deer Island is the only barrier island within our boundaries.
Can we go north of I-10? How about Da Bayou? Ya Momma's Place? Marina Cantina? The Shed? NOPE--Some of these areas are very shallow and difficult to navigate or have bridges that are too low for our boats during certain tides. We permitted some of the places in the past, and it too often ended in expensive damages and affected rentals downline. So just no. Doesn't matter how local and hyper-knowledgeable you say you are.
So where CAN we go?
FOR CAPTAIN TRIPS The Water Slide Park & Play excursion is a visit to Deer Island only (or other suitable location if necessary due to weather).
The Deer & Bay Sightseeing excursion may include Deer Island, Biloxi Bay & Back Bay, and Fort Bayou.
FOR RENTALS During orientation our staff will review where you can travel. These areas includeDeer Island, Katrina Reef (conditions permitting), Biloxi Bay and Back Bay, Biloxi and Tchoutacabouffa Rivers, various sandbars and beaches, fishing spots, and restaurants with docks.
We ask that you remain within the boundaries that we have set. These limits are in place for safety of the boat, passengers, our insurance, and those who would have to assist if you are in distress.Traveling beyond these points will result in the loss of your security deposit.
These are small pontoon boats not ocean vessels, therefore, traveling into the Mississippi Sound beyond Deer Island is not wise. Wind and sea conditions often quickly become uncomfortable and dangerous.
Our boats are easily handled in the areas that Nauti-Toons has defined. Even with limited local knowledge, if you adhere to the rules, boundaries, and advice of our staff, then you and your crew should have a safe and pleasant adventure.
What if there's bad weather? If the conditions are not suitable, there areno additional charges for cancelling or rescheduling for weather. Your payment will be refunded if cancelled. Savvy boatersassess the risks and consider their skill leveland the comfort of their group. In boating there is more to the weather than sunshine or rain.Wind, waves, and thunderstorms can be the most dangerous phenomena on the water.
Afternoon storms with gusty wind and lightning occur frequently in June, July, and August and can rapidly present several hazards at the same time. A forecast of 50% scattered rain/storms is standard for summer afternoons in Mississippi. If a Small Craft Advisory (or worse) is issued and wind is gusting over 20mph, reservations will be revised.
What about dogs? Heck yes! Keep in mind that dogs are not allowed on any sections of Deer Island or Harrison County beaches. If you take your dog into these areas, you may receive a ticket, and you will be asked to keep your dog on the boat or sidewalk.
Drinking salt water will make your pup sick in ways that are very unpleasant. Please remember to bring items to keep her/him comfortable especially if boating or the climate here is unfamiliar. Offer your furry pal plenty of freshwater, food, shade, and time to get used to the situation. We encourage you to bring a leash, properly fitted doggie life jacket, and a favorite toy. Is the water safe for swimming and fishing? Mississippi's coastal beaches are OPEN! SeeMDEQ for more information. Beach advisories can be issued or rescinded any time. Bacteria levels along the beaches are frequently checked.
Can I do a sunset cruise or overnight? Nope. All boats must be re-fueled and returned to the marina before the fuel dock closes (well before sunset). Rental times change as the seasons change. We do not offer sunset trips, hourly rental rates, or overnight rentals. Call us for multi-day rentals.
Can I hire a captain? All charter trips are limited by USCG license to 6 passengers regardless of age.Prices include captain's fee, fuel, and safety equipment. Feel free to bring anything to make your outing enjoyable! Captain trips are available in Spring and Fall and may be booked by phone or online.
What costs am I responsible for? Base price + 7% sales tax + booking fee are due upon booking. For rentals, we will also collect a $250 refundable damage deposit on the day of departure. You are also responsible for re-fueling the boat as your last stop before returning for non-captain trips. Do I need to make a reservation? YES! Nauti-Toons operatesby appointment.Check Availability to book online! We can accommodate walk-ups only if our staff happens to be on-site at the time.
How do I get the key to my boat? Please call us if you will be lateso we can coordinate other reservations.Check in @ Point Cadet Marina, DOCK D, SLIP 8.
FOR RENTALS Expect 30 minutes for paperwork and orientation. We will also cover charts, maps, hazards, boundaries, swimming and fishing spots, and the return process. Our staff will show you the specifics of your boat.
FOR CAPTAIN TRIPS Expect15 minutes for paperwork and loading.
Can I pick up people elsewhere? We must have amanifest and liability waiver for everyonewho will be on your boat--no exceptions. If someone has not completed those documents, then he/she is not allowed to step foot on the boat. For that reason, we ask that yourentire party be present before departure from Point Cadet.If you will be adding passengers after departure, you will need to arrange that with us as soon as possible.
Who can rent a boat? Only one person may be the Designated Operator (DO) of the vessel. The experienced operator must be at least 25 years old and present a valid driver's license in his/her state. The driver must be able to operate a boat competently in the given conditions. Nauti-Toons staff will consider the competence of the DO during orientation andreserves the right to deny rental to anyone who does not exhibit an appropriate level of skillto maintain the safety in the given conditions.THE DESIGNATED OPERATOR MUST ALREADY BE CAPABLE OF SAFELY HANDLING A BOAT. WE DO NOT TEACH YOU TO OPERATE A BOAT.
Who can hire a captain? Anyone 21 or older may reserve a captain trip.
What kind of boats do you have? Nauti-Toons offers two styles of boats: Traditional pontoonwith comfortable seating, radio/Bluetooth stereo, Bimini, and swim ladder. Water slide pontoonwith upper deck, water slide, USB port, abundant seating, and swim ladder. You're encouraged to bring your waterproof speaker!
What can we do? TheMississippi Sound, Biloxi Bay, and Biloxi Riveroffer plenty of water-based activities.
FOR RENTALS You are welcome toexplore, fish, swim, and play! Deciding topack your lunch for a picnic or dock at a restaurantwill be the toughest decision you have to make all day! You may bring a grill to use on the island.
FOR CAPTAIN TRIPS ** Fishing is not allowed. We are not licensed as a fishing charter. ** We offer 2 types of captain trips. The traditional pontoon trip is a private, 3-hour excursion exploring the Sound and Bay including Deer Island if conditions permit. The Water Slide Park & Play excursion is a 2-hour, private adventure on Deer Island (or other suitable location if necessary due to weather) to play on the water slide pontoon.
What can we NOT do?
FOR RENTALS The designated operator agrees to remain without any alcohol or drugs.
Towing, tubing, and water skiing are forbidden. Bow-riding is extremely dangerous and illegal. Jumping from or riding on the upper deck of the slide boat is prohibited. Islands other than Deer are off-limits.
Using a grill or other cooking device on the boat is not allowed.
FOR CAPTAIN TRIPS Fishing is not allowed. We are not licensed as a fishing charter. Towing, tubing, and water skiing are forbidden. Bow-riding is extremely dangerous and illegal. Jumping from or riding on the upper deck of the slide boat is prohibited. Barrier islands other than Deer are off-limits.
What do we need to bring with us? Plenty of water, cooler (glass containers are prohibited on Deer Island and beaches), snacks, towels, weather appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, flip flops/water shoes, and phone. A waterproof container is suggested for personal electronics, wallets, and purses. Passengers are welcome to bring their own life jackets if they are marked as USCG Approved.
What do you provide? We provide alife jacketfor each passenger, requiredemergency gearsuch as life ring or throwable float, air horn, flares, and fire extinguisher. Each boat also has an anchor, local nautical chart, boat hook/pole, and dock linesthat travel with you. Anyone under 13 years old is required to wear a properly fitted life jacket any time the boat is moving--no exceptions. Passengers are welcome to bring their own life jackets if they are marked as USCG Approved. Where can we find restaurants or bait shops? You may dock at Yul's, McElroy's, Wahoo's, and Gollott's in Biloxi. Bait and gear can be purchased at Point Cadet Marina and the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor.
Fish, sharks, and other critters? Check out The Department of Marine Resources for fishing information. No big, scary sharks here. Spot soaring cranes, swooping pelicans, chatty gulls, osprey carrying fish, even migrating geese and monarch butterflies depending upon the time of year. You may spot an alligator lounging in the bayou. You'll see tiny and medium crabs. (Please don't take away the hermit crabs from their native environments!). Watch minnows dancing and mullet jumping. Along the beaches you'll find so many cool shells and bones, maybe even a horseshoe crab shell. During the summer, a variety of jellyfish are present in the water, and they also wash up onto the beach. Scan the water and sand for them. The bigger jellyfish with flowy tentacles have a very painful sting. Look out for everyone's favorite! (Please do not crowd or chase the dolphins!) Everywhere you look there will be something interesting whether it's in the water, on the land, or in the sky!
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