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Rent a Sea Hunt Boats dual console in North Charleston, SC near me
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North Charleston, SC

5.0 (48 bookings)

Beautiful 21ft Sea Hunt!

3 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 8 passengers
Rent a SEA FOX center console in Charleston, SC near me
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Charleston, SC

5.0 (28 bookings)

26' Sea Fox for charter in Charleston, SC!

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 8 passengers
Rent a SEA FOX bow rider in Mount Pleasant, SC near me
$155+ /hour

Mount Pleasant, SC

5.0 (11 bookings)

Cruise, beach, or sightsee Charleston Waterways

2 - 6 hours Captained
Up to 6 passengers
Rent a Avid center console in Mount Pleasant, SC near me
$110+ /hour

Mount Pleasant, SC

2022 23’ Avid Fusion CC Fishing/Harbor&Sunset&Dolphin Cruises

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 6 passengers
Rent a Axopar performance in Charleston, SC near me
$365+ /hour

Charleston, SC

5.0 (25 bookings)

Luxury Axopar 37 Sun Top up to 12 guests!

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Key West Boats center console in Charleston, SC near me
$66+ /hour

Charleston, SC

5.0 (10 bookings)

Martina on the Stono

2 - 6 hours Captain optional
Up to 6 passengers
Rent a Key West Boats center console in Mount Pleasant, SC near me
$121+ /hour

Mount Pleasant, SC

5.0 (14 bookings)

KEY WEST 203FS - Captained - Cruise, Fish, Party!

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 7 passengers
Rent a STERLING BOATS skiff in Charleston, SC near me
$100+ /hour

Charleston, SC

Guided Flats and fly fishing

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 3 passengers
Rent a Sea Pro Boats center console in Mount Pleasant, SC near me
Icon $144+ /hour

Mount Pleasant, SC

4.8 (10 bookings)

Charter this 25' SeaPro for Fishing in Charleston!

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 6 passengers
Rent a ROBALO center console in Charleston, SC near me
Icon $113+ /hour

Charleston, SC

5.0 (2 bookings)

Special MONDAY-THURSDAY 10% off boat rental

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 6 passengers
Rent a CHAPARRAL BOATS bow rider in Mount Pleasant, SC near me
$266+ /hour

Mount Pleasant, SC

5.0 (44 bookings)

Sleek New 31ft Yacht for entertainment

3 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a YAMAHA center console in Mount Pleasant, SC near me
$66+ /hour

Mount Pleasant, SC

Center Console Jet Boat 21’ Yamaha 210 FSH - Creel Limit

2 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 8 passengers
Rent a Scout Boats cruiser in Mount Pleasant, SC near me
$126+ /hour

Mount Pleasant, SC

Charleston Boat Excursions - day trips / sunset cruises / fishing

2 - 6 hours Captained
Up to 6 passengers
Rent a Godfrey Marine pontoon in Charleston, SC near me
$344+ /hour

Charleston, SC

4.7 (47 bookings)

It's heating up out there! Book now for best availability!

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Sea Ray Boats express cruiser in Charleston, SC near me
$490+ /hour

Charleston, SC

5.0 (6 bookings)

It’s a Charmed Life! 40FT! 12Passengers!

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Sea Hunt Boats center console in North Charleston, SC near me
$118+ /hour

North Charleston, SC

5.0 (19 bookings)

Private Charter with a Professional Captain!

3 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 7 passengers
Rent a SEA HUNT BOATS center console in North Charleston, SC near me
$88+ /hour

North Charleston, SC

5.0 (53 bookings)

Super Clean/Like New 2021 21ft Sea Hunt -219 Ultra

3 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 8 passengers
Rent a Sportsman Boats center console in Mount Pleasant, SC near me
$111+ /hour

Mount Pleasant, SC

23' Sportsman center console

4 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 8 passengers

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Rent a Boat in Charleston

With more than 95,000 miles of coastline, there are a lot of great places to be a boater in the United States. Charleston, South Carolina, for example. One of the most beautiful cities in America, Charleston has plenty of beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean but is also divided by a number of large and small waterways snaking in and around the city’s many islands, including the Stono River, Ashley River, and Cooper River.

There is plenty of great saltwater and freshwater fishing, lots of places to explore by boat, and plenty of room for wakeboarding, or jetskiing, or whatever you love. With several cool winter months, Charleston can give visitors a four-season feeling, but when the sun is shining, it’s hard to imagine a better place to own a powerboat or sailboat. 

What To Know

Charleston has a very big boating community represented by just about any kind of vessel you could want. Center consoles and dayboats have become very common on most waters, but while in Charleston you are also likely to see - 

  • Easy access to deep Atlantic waters make big sportfish, convertibles, and larger center consoles a common site offshore, but luxury yachts and mid-level cruisers are also plentiful. 

  • Lots of places to explore, fish, or swim inshore and upriver make pontoon boats, runabouts, deck boats, and bowriders popular, but you will also find lots of flats skiffs and center consoles inshore as well. 


Safety Requirements:

All states have some sort of regulations for boaters and South Carolina is no different. According to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website - 

  • In South Carolina, boat operators under age 16 must complete a boating course approved by the SCDNR to operate a boat or personal watercraft with a 15 h.p. motor or greater, unless accompanied by an adult age 18 years or older.

  • Any person under age 12 must wear a US Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD when on board a class “A” (less than 16 ft. long) boat.

Visit the S.C. DNR ERegulations website to learn more. 


Where to dock your boat or meet your rental:

Charleston City Marina Dock

Charleston Harbor Marina

Seabreeze Marina

Shem Creek Boat Landing

Remleys Point Public Boat Landing


Weather Conditions

Charleston has long summers with lots of sun but the days can be hot and humid. Summer highs can hit the low 90s but usually stay closer to 85. Winter temperatures rarely get close to freezing, and Spring and Fall conditions are usually comfortable with lots of 60- and 70-degree days.

Late Spring and early Fall are great times to visit Charleston when temperatures are warm enough to enjoy the water but not hot enough to make air conditioning sound like a better option. 

The Charleston area can see some rare hurricane activity late in the summer, so visitors should always be prepared for the possibility and have a plan just in case. 

Avg. Temperature High: July is usually the hottest month with temps near 90°F

Avg. Temperature Low: January is the coolest month with temps close to 40°F

Avg. Water Temperatures in and around Charleston:

  • 79°F to 83°F in the Summer (June, July, August)

  • 63°F to 75°F in Spring (March, April, May)

  • 70°F to 80°F in Fall (September, October, November)

  • 63°F to 67°F in Winter (December, January, February)

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Fishing Charleston

Go Fishing

With the Atlantic’s deep water just outside the harbor, the many rivers feeding into Charleston Harbor, and a wide variety of reefs, flats, and salt marshes, there is no shortage of fishing opportunities in this historic city. Near the coast, buoys, shipwrecks, and reefs hold fish like grouper, cobia, and redfish, while offshore trips can yield tasty mahi-mahi or spectacular sailfish. When the weather doesn’t align with your plans, stay in the rivers and harbor and catch redfish, speckled trout, and black drum. 

Something is biting year-round so check with the local pros and fish reports for the best time to chase your favorite species. Although July through September are considered the best months to fish, there is no “off-season” in Charleston.

Inshore

  • Target species: Cobia, Redfish, Snapper, Kingfish, Amberjack, Grouper, and King Mackerel

  • Seasonality: May through September are usually the best months

  • Boat selection: Flats skiffs, center consoles, aluminum fishing boats, pontoon boats


Near Shore

  • Target species: Cobia, Redfish, Snapper, Kingfish, Amberjack, Grouper, and King Mackerel

  • Seasonality: May through September are usually the best months

  • Boat selection: Center consoles, runabouts, cruisers, pontoon boats


Offshore

  • Target species: mahi-mahi, cobia, sailfish, sheepshead, king mackerel, amberjack, wahoo, tuna, grouper, and snapper

  • Seasonality: May through September are usually the best months

  • Boat selection: Sportfish, convertibles, big center consoles, cruisers


Morris Island

Visit Morris Island

Accessible only by boat, historic Morris Island sits just south of the entrance to Charleston Harbor. The 840-acre island was home to several strategic events during the American Civil War, along with nearby Fort Sumter.

Today, Morris Island features beautiful natural beaches with lots of shells, wildlife, and little else. There are no developments, facilities, or shops on the island, making it a remote getaway with few people around. 

At the southeastern end of the island, 1600 feet from the shoreline, the beautiful and historic Morris Island lighthouse has been watching over the waters around Charleston since 1876. However, the light is off-limits to the public. The water eroding the lighthouse’s perch has made it impossible to get close on foot and dangerous to try. There are plenty of great viewing and photo spots on the main body of Morris Island. 

With no conveniences, it’s important to remember to bring plenty of water, food, and sunscreen and stay hydrated in the summer sun. 

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  • Closest boat ramp: Benke-Lowe Private Boat Landing, Folly River Boat Ramp

  • Lat/Long: 32.71791° N, -79.88429° W  

Cruise Shem Creek and the Mount Pleasant Waterfront

Cruise Shem Creek and the Mount Pleasant Waterfront

Located on the northwestern edge of Charleston Harbor inland, Shem Creek winds three miles from the Charleston Harbor and along the Mount Pleasant waterfront until civilization falls away and leaves nothing but wetlands and wildlife. 

The creek winds behind beautiful private homes, the local shrimp fleet, and provides access to dine and dock at several restaurants. Stop for dinner or cruise further up the creek in smaller vessels. 

Pull up to the dock at Shem Creek Park, walk the boardwalk, and be treated to beautiful views of Charleston Harbor and the natural wetlands. The town of Mount Pleasant is a short walk from the water, putting shops, eateries, and other attractions within easy reach of the docks.

  • LocationGoogle Maps Link

  • Closest boat ramp: Shem Creek Boat Landing, Remleys Point 

  • Lat/Long: 32.81973° N, -79.90558° W 

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Where to Go Boating in Charleston

Ashley River

Ashley River

With 22 miles of water out of 33 designated as a State Scenic River, the Ashely River winds 30 miles inland from CHarleston Harbor past a beautiful city view and into the Charleston Harbor watershed. Filled with natural beauty, the tidal river features a wide variety of natural habitats and 26 national and regional historic sites.

The river waters are great for fishing, swimming, and cruising, or exploring and sightseeing while winding past cypress swamps and salt marshes. There are also a variety of small eateries and shops to see or sample on the trip inland or back to the harbor. 

Nearby Marinas: Charleston City Marina, Ripley Light Marina, RiversEdge Marina

Closest Boat Ramp: W. O. Thomas, Jr. Boat Landing, Pierpoint Boat Landing

Wake Zone: There are No Wake Zones marked near marinas, ramps, and other areas where the potential for damage or danger exists. Pay attention to shallow areas, charts, warning signs and buoys and, above all else, be courteous to other boaters, swimmers, and the area wildlife. 

Lat/Long: 27.94272 N, -82.82411 W 

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Explore the Low Country

Explore the Low Country

South of Charleston, there is a series of islands and waterways along the Atlantic coast known as the Low Country. Much of it unspoiled and natural, the 125-mile-long group of islands between Charleston and Savannah, GA is filled with wildlife and beauty with countless creeks and rivers to explore. 

Swim, fish, or just cruise in and explore somewhere new, and also enjoy the gorgeous waterways and countless coves, marshes, and wetlands. The Low Country is a beautiful getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Nearby Marinas: St. Johns Yacht Harbor, Ripley Light Marina

Closest Boat Ramp: Wappoo Cut Boat Ramp, Riverland Terrace Public Boat Landing

Wake Zone: There are No Wake Zones marked near marinas, ramps, and other areas where the potential for damage or danger exists. Pay attention to shallow areas, charts, warning signs and buoys and, above all else, be courteous to other boaters, swimmers, and the area wildlife. 

Tips: There are some waterfront spots to stop for refreshments or food, but it’s a good idea to take plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen along for your day on the water.  

Lat/Long:  32.54621 N, -80.37046 W

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Head out to the Atlantic Ocean

Head out to the Atlantic Ocean

Cruise east out of Charleston Harbor and you are in the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Following the coast offshore, there’s a good chance that a pod of dolphin will come play in your boat’s wake or follow along with you just for fun. South, cruise along the South Carolina Low Country and explore the rivers and creeks that lead inland or anchor up and spend some time on the beach at Morris Island or Kiawah Island. Fish, dive, or just drift in the sun for a perfect day on the ocean. 

Remember - the summer sun can be brutal so bring lots of water, snacks, sunscreen, and some shade.  

Nearby Marinas: Tolers Cove Marina, Cove Cay Marina, Charleston Harbor Marina

Closest Boat Ramp: Benke-Lowe Private Boat Landing, Remleys Point Public Boat Landing

Lat/Long: 32.74654 N, -79.86169 W  

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Dock-and-Dine at Charleston Waterfront Restaurants

The Charleston area has a variety of waterfront restaurants that are accessible by boat. However, Charleston also has plenty of terrific eateries that are a short walk from the dock, so be sure to visit them all while you are in town:

California Dreaming

  • Address: 1 Ashley Point Dr, Charleston, SC 29407
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs 4–9:00 pm, Fri 4-10:00 pm, Sat 12:00 am-10:00 pm, Sun 12:00 am-9:00 pm
  • Reservations: Accepts reservations
  • Type of food: Seafood, salad, traditional American
  • Dockage available: Yes - docking fees may apply


Fleet Landing

  • Address: 186 Concord St, Charleston, SC 29401
  • Hours: Seven days a week 11:00 am–10:00 pm with short breaks between mealtimes
  • Reservations: Accepts reservations
  • Type of food: Seafood, traditional American, Southern, vegan options
  • Dockage available: Yes - docking fees may apply


Bowen's Island Restaurant

  • Address: 1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412
  • Hours: Open Tues-Sat 11:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Reservations: Does not accept reservations
  • Type of food: Seafood, vegetarian options
  • Dockage available: Yes - docking fees may apply


Charleston Crab House

  • Address: 41 S Market St, Charleston, SC 29401
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 am-10:00 pm, Sun 12:00-10:00 pm
  • Reservations: Accepts reservations
  • Type of food: Seafood, Cajun/Creoles
  • Dockage available: Yes - docking fees may apply


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Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to rent a boat in Charleston SC?

The cost to rent a boat in Charleston SC ranges from $45 to $600 per hour.

How much does it cost to rent a yacht in Charleston South Carolina?

The cost to rent a yacht in Charleston South Carolina depends on the boat's size and the amount of time you'll use the yacht. The onboard amenities and luxurious accommodations also dictate the price.

What makes Boatsetter different from other boat rental platforms?

What makes Boatsetter different is peace of mind. Boatsetter is the first and only boat rental marketplace to offer insurance on every peer-to-peer boat rental. We know choosing the right boat rental platform is essential to your experience while on the water. That's why we've gone the extra mile to focus on safety through our exclusive partnership with GEICO Marine and BoatUS. As the first and only boat rental marketplace to offer insurance on every peer-to-peer rental, you are protected during all rentals with insurance coverage and on-water assistance through TowBoatUS.

How many people can fit on the boat rental?

The number of people who can fit on boat rental largely depends on the boat's size and how many life jackets are on board. Currently the coast guard allows a maximum of 10-12 people on a Boatsetter boat rental.

Do I need a boating license to rent a boat?

Boating license requirements vary from state to state. As a renter, you are responsible for understanding local state requirements.

Can you rent a yacht in Charleston for the day?

Boatsetter allows you to rent a yacht for the day. Single-day yacht rentals are available for a select number of yachts. To chat with a yacht specialist please visit https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters

Can you rent a yacht for the week?

Boatsetter allows its customers to rent a yacht for the week. Renting a yacht for a week gives you more access to the wide range of yachts available on our platform. You can either book a rental directly through the site or connect with one of our charter specialists to plan your trip here: https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters

Can you rent a yacht for the month?

Booking a month-long yacht rental is a detailed and hands-off process when working with our team of yacht charter specialists. We tailor each yacht charter to our client's specific wants and needs. Our luxury yacht charter specialists can be reached at (954) 715-4114 or by visiting https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters

How to rent a private yacht?

Renting a private yacht is a very detailed experience that caters to your exact needs while onboard one of our luxury yachts. To plan your private yacht rentals experience please visit https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters

How much does it cost to rent a pontoon boat?

The cost of renting a pontoon boat depends on the size, location, and rental time of the boat. Prices can range anywhere from $200 for a half-day rental or just under a $1,000 for longer rentals.

How much does it cost to charter a yacht?

The cost to charter a yacht varies depending on the boat size and the length of the charter. Prices typically range from less than $1,000 to $5,000 plus if you're wanting to charter the yacht overnight.

How much does it cost to rent a boat for the day?

The cost of renting a boat for the day on average ranges from $200 to $1200. The cost to rent a boat varies depending on the size of the boat and the length of time that you will be using the boat.

How does the boat insurance work?

Boat insurance typically covers loss caused by things such as fire, sinking, storms, and collisions. The extent of the coverage varies depending on the policy.

Do I need my own insurance to rent a boat?

You do not need boat insurance when renting with Boatsetter. Coverage is provided under the Peer-to-Peer Boat Rental Policy, which is underwritten by GEICO Marine Insurance Company. The policy was written from the ground up as a stand-alone recreational boat rental insurance policy covering the period of time that the boat is being rented and is available for all non-commercially insured boats.

Does Boatsetter screen renters?

Yes. We use a system called Cognito to ensure that payment information matches the renter's identity. We also require renters taking out a captained boat to be at least 18 years old and on a bareboat to be at least 25 years old.

Is listing my boat on Boatsetter free?

Yes! Listing a boat is completely free. We only take a commission when your boat is rented. We only make money when you do!

What if I'm not comfortable having a renter drive my boat?

If you are not comfortable having a renter drive your boat, we have an expansive network of licensed and experienced captains. Once your boat is listed, you can filter through our network of captains and favorite captains in your area that you would like to operate your boat.

How to rent a boat on Boatsetter?

At Boatsetter, our mission is to make getting out on the water as easy as possible. With our intuitive booking system, you can rent a boat as soon as today. -First, you must determine your budget and the type of boat you want to rent. -Next, decide where you would like to boat and the kind of boat you would like to spend the day on. -Finally, determine if you will be needing a boat captain and reach out to the boat owner. That's it! You're officially on your way to a fantastic day out on the water.

Can you snorkel in Charleston SC?

Snorkeling is a common activity in many of the Charleston South Carolina waters. Common snorkeling spots include Seabrook Island and the Isle of the Palms.

Does Charleston South Carolina have a Beach?

Charleston South Carolina has a few popular beaches in the area: Seabrook Island Beach, Edisto Beach,Isle of the Palms Beach, and many more.


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