Frequently Asked Questions
- Rental Boats
Yes, we now allow dogs on our boats. There is a $35 fee per pet. The fee is non-refundable. Boats have weight limits as well as person limits so for larger breeds we may have to count the dog as a 'person'.All of our boats come with AM/FM Radios which have MP3/iDevice hookup via an auxilary cable. They also have all the safety equipment, a cooler and a bimini for shade.The weight limit for the 20' boats is 1300 lbs and the weight limit for the 23' boats is 1724 lbs. Please note that fuel(~260 lbs for our boats), coolers, food & drink, water-toys, pets and people all count towards the weight limit.We do not provide captains for our boats.Fuel is not include in our rentals. You leave with a full tank and when you return from your rental, we top off the tank so you only pay for what you used.We do not provide watertoys. However, you can rent any watertoys or wetsuits from Tahoe Marine Supply which is located next door to us. Their phone number is 530.583.0925.We do not rent Jet skis.We can do reservations 3 months in advanced, so we always recommend them but they are not required. During holidays, weekends, July and August, we STRONGLY recommend reservatations. June and September, we typically have availability during the mid-week but weekends can be busy.Yes. Coast Guard regulations state that a body is a body, despite their age, weight or size.In order to rent a boat, the primary operator must be atleast 18 years old as they have to also sign our contracts. Anyone 16 or older may drive the boat without supervision. Anyone 15 or younger must have an adult in the boat to supervise.We do not require a boater's license but we do require prior boat operating experience. At the moment California does not require a license to operate a boat but beginning in 2018 boaters will be required to have a boater's license. People who are renting boats are excluded from that, however, we encourage all of our customers to get a license when available. For more details on the law, you can visit the State legislature website.We do require that you have prior boat operating experience to rent a boat from us. This means that you have been the primary operator and driver of a boat. If you do not have prior experience, you can visit Boatus.org to take a safety course. Upon completion of the course, you will receive an e-mail with a certificate. You can show us the certificate via your phone or print it out and bring that with you to your reservation.No. We do not deliver boats around the lake. We require that you pickup and return our boats to the Marina.No. We do not do over-night/multi-day rentals. We found that most people who rent for more than 2 days will only use the boat 3-4 hours per day. It then becomes cheaper to rent the boat for specific hours everyday instead of for a full week/multi-day rate.We have a few specials that we offer during the summer season.
- Are dogs allowed?
- What comes with the boat?
- Is there a weight limit on the boats?
- Do you provide captains?
- Is fuel included?
- Do you provide watertoys?
- Do you rent Jet skis?
- Are reservations required?
- Do kids count as a full person?
- How old do you have to be to rent a boat?
- Is a boater's license required?
- Is prior boat operating experience required?
- Will you deliver a boat to me?
- Do you allow over-night/multi-day rentals?
- Do you offer any specials or discounts?
The first, and most popular, is our Mid-Week, 4th hour free promotion. This special applies to Monday - Thursday and excludes holidays and Friday - Sunday. If you plan to spend half the day or longer on the water, this is the way to go.
We also offer an Early Bird special. If you prefer an early cruise, this special applies to rentals that start at 8:00am, which you receive up to 1 hour free. The following conditions apply:
1) The rental must start by 8:00am.
2) The free time does not start until after 1 paid hour of the rental has passed.
3) Excludes Friday - Sunday and Holidays.
4) Summer season only (June - August).
Lastly, we now have a rewards program for our frequent renters called TCM R&R, which stands for "Rent and Receive". The TCM R&R is designed to reward our customers who rent from us multiple times a year. Every hour* you rent, you receive 1 point, upon receiving 3 points, you get 1 free hour. These hours are bankable and may be used anytime* during the year.* = See Terms and Conditions in the FAQ section below
- TCM Rent & Receive (R&R)
The TCM R&R is designed to reward our customers who rent from us multiple times a year. Every hour* you rent, you receive 1 point, upon receiving 3 points, you get 1 free hour. These hours are bankable and may be used anytime* during the year.
- What is TCM R&R?
- How do I sign up?
- How do I redeem my points/free hours?
- Are there any minimums?
- Can I use my sailboat points towards a free powerboat hour?
- Can I combine my TCM R&R free hours with your specials?
- What are the full Terms and Conditions?
* = See Terms and ConditionsWhen you come in to fill out your pre-rental paperwork, let the Reservationist behind the counter know. They will collect some information from you and give you a piece of paper with all of the details about the program.To redeem your points/hours, bring your ID used to create your TCM R&R account when you come to do the pre-rental paperwork and let the Reservationist behind the counter know you wish to use your hours. They will then verify your points and apply the discount when you return from your rental.The minimum to redeem your points the first time is 6 points (2 free hours). After that, however, you simply need to have the required number of points to receive your free hour.Points accrued apply towards that style boat. Thus any points earned by renting the sailboat, will apply only towards the sailboat. Points earned by renting a powerboat, may be applied towards a powerboat of either size.The TCM R&R free hours may be combined with our Mid-Week Special, but may not be combined with our Early Bird Special.Here is a list of the full Terms and Conditions:
1) "following season" is defined as ending on October 1st of the year after the point(s) are earned.
2) "Free" hour(s) received during our Mid-Week and Early Bird specials do not apply towards points.
3) Fuel is not included.
4) 1 full paid hour of rental gives 1 point.
A) Partial hours will receive partial points of equal value.
5) Free hour(s) are applied to the same boat type for which they were earned. Sailboat hour(s) apply to the sailboat, powerboat hour(s) apply to a powerboat of either size.
6) 3 points are required to receive 1 free hour.
7) Minimum of 6 points is required for the first redemption.
8) Points may not be partially redeemed.
9) Points may not be used on weekends (Friday - Sunday) or holidays.
10) Points may not be combined with other families or groups.
11) Points expire at the end of the following season.
12) Points cannot be traded/exchanged for other goods or services offered by Tahoe City Marina.
13) Points may not be exchanged for cash.
14) A valid state or government ID will be required to redeem your points. The name on the ID must match the name on your TCM R&R account.
15) It is the responsibility of the TCM R&R member to make the Tahoe City Marina employee aware of their enrollment in the program.
16) Points will not be added for rentals done prior to becoming a TCM R&R member.
17) Points may be immediately redeemed if all the requirements are met during a rental.
18) Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice.
- Slips and Buoys
Buoys and slips can also be known as moorings and births depending on your region. Buoys/moorings are floats that you hook up to and are anchored to the bottom of the lake. They require a kayak, canoe, dingy or swimming to get to. Slips/births are closer to the shore and have direct access via docks or walkways, they are parking spaces for your boat.
- What is a buoy and slip?
- What is the difference between the private side and the expansion side?
- Why is the expansion side more expensive?
- Can I keep my boat in the water year-round?
- Is there a waitlist for a buoy or slip?
- How long is the waitlist?
The private side slips are all privetly owned, they are bought and sold as real estate. There is a slip owners association fee (the owner pays, not the renter) which helps cover the maintenance and electricity for the slips. Tahoe City Marina acts as a rental manager for slip owners who wish to rent out their slips. The slips are behind locked gates, have access to electricty, most have a dock box and for a fee, wireless internet. A pump-out station and water are available on our fuel dock.
The expansion slips are all owned by Tahoe City Marina and are leased out to renters. Most slips on the expansion side are annual rentals but they also have the option to sub-lease (through TCM) their slip if they will not be using it. Amenities included on the expansion side are locked gates, electricity, dock boxes and free wireless internet with no slip owners association fee. Our larger slips have easy access to pump-out stations and water from their slip while smaller boats will need to go to our fuel dock.As mentioned above, there are a few differences between the two. The main cost difference is the private side rates are based on a seasonal rental and the expansion rates are based on an annual rental.You can keep your boat in the water year-round, however, there are a few requirements. We require that all inboard and inboard-outboard (I/O) boats be winterized. Outboard engines typically do not need to be winterized but a heater is recommended, especially if you have a water system. All boats must have a winter cover to shed snow or be shrink-wrapped.We have a waitlist for both slip and buoy rentals so the sooner you know your dates, the better. The waitlist is only for one season and you need to contact us again for any subsequent seasons.The length of the waitlist depends on the size of your boat and what dates you're looking for. For example, July 4th week and weekends, our waitlist can be upwards of 20 people but end of September dates may only be 1 or 2 people. When you know your dates, call us or e-mail us and we will add your name to the waitlist. If we get an opening, we will call or e-mail you back to begin the reservation process.
- Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is 12 miles wide and 22 miles long, with a total of 72 miles of shoreline.The average depth of the lake is 1000' and at its deepest it is 1,645'. Tahoe is the 2nd deepest lake in the US (behind Crater Lake) and the 11th deepest in the world.Tahoe's average water temperature is 42.1 degrees. The average surface temperature (top 2 feet) is 51.9 degrees, however, during late July through mid August, the surface temperature will average 64.9 degrees.Tahoe's water level fluctuates depending on the season. The highest point usually occurs in July and the lowest point usually occurs in December. Things like the amount of water let out of the dam, evaporation, snow melt and rain all play a part in Tahoe's water level. The naturual rim is 6,221' and the highest legal limit is 6,229.1'. For up-to-date lake levels, you can visit the USGS website.
- How big is Lake Tahoe?
- How deep is Lake Tahoe?
- How cold/warm is the water?
- What is the water level?