Author: Butch Pendergast (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: 04-14-04 07:02
Sorry for the delay in responding to your questions about renting a boat. I was under the weather and out of commission for a few days.
I own and manage Culebra Boat Rental. We rent 20 and 40 hp, 16-ft, 5-person skiffs and a 40-hp, 18-ft, 6-person vee hull motorboat.
Yes, renting a boat is great fun. Having a CBR motorboat greatly expands your opportunities for things to do and places to see in Culebra. You can explore around offshore islets, swim and sunbathe at remote beaches, snorkel at Culebrita, Cayo Norte, and Luis Peña, scuba dive on the many reefs surrounding Culebra, fish over shoals, reefs, and bays, and go shopping and to restaurants in town. You can do all this on your schedule; when and where you want, and as often as you want.
With regard to the renter/operator requirements. You should be 25 or older, have at least 10 hours experience operating small motorboats in water's generally similar to Culebra's (reefs, shoals, possible heavy waves, etc) and be able to do basic coastal navigation (chart reading, rules of the road, etc)
Also, Puerto Rico statutes require that motorboat operators born after July 1, 1972 must have completed an approved motorboat operation course. The "basic skills and seamanship" course offered by the US coast guard auxiliary at many locations in the states is an approved course.
I will be emailing a letter and contract to you with prices and more details. In the meantime, to get more info, see www.culebraboatrental.com.
If you plan to stay overnight in Culebra, you will be interested in a waterfront guesthouse, Casa Ensenada, that my wife, Jackie, and I own and operate along with the boat rental service. Casa Ensenada guests enjoy particular benefits in renting CBR boats:
- Convenience. Your lodging and your boat are at the same place. You can take out the boat at your leisure. It’s as though you are at your own oceanside house with your own dock and boat.
- Savings. Casa Ensenada guests get a $50 discount on motorboat rentals.
You can get more information about Casa Ensenada at www.casaensenada.com.