Last updated: 02/01/2019
PLEASE CAREFULLY READ THIS!
Drivers must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license. The drivers listed above and any additional drivers must be present at the orientation to sign that they have received proper training. Please have drivers’ licenses for all drivers and the credit card of the LESSEE with you when you arrive to receive the orientation.
Please be aware there will be an orientation presented, but it is agreed that knowledge of the safe operation of a Watercraft and South Carolina boating laws is the responsibility of the LESSEE and all drivers and passengers prior to pick up.
LESSEE agrees to be provided with a Watercraft orientation upon pickup of the Watercraft, to carefully listen to all information provided and to sign that you have received the Watercraft orientation after it is completed. You will be asked to present your driver’s license and credit card at this orientation.
The LESSEE will acknowledge at the time of receiving the Watercraft that he/she has carefully examined the Watercraft and finds it suitable for the purposes for which it is leased and other accessory equipment is in suitable and acceptable condition; that he/she will maintain both the Watercraft and equipment in a safe, dependable condition, while in his/her custody.
The credit card provided will be billed by the LESSOR as compensation for failing to return said rental Watercraft in as good condition, ordinary wear and tear excluded, as when received; for reimbursement of articles damaged, missing or broken. If credit card limit is reached, LESSEE will be responsible for immediate payment of the balance with other form of payment.
LESSEE agrees to return the Watercraft at the designated time within this contract. Late fees will apply at the prorated rate of $150 per hour if the watercraft is not returned at the designated return time. LESSEE agrees to call LESSOR immediately if the Watercraft will not be back at the designated time.
LESSEE agrees not to use, nor permit the use:
of the rental Watercraft for any unlawful purpose;
of the rental Watercraft in a careless or negligent manner;
of the rental Watercraft while under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics;
By any person not a signatory of this agreement or not equally qualified and having received the Watercraft orientation at time of pick-up.
LESSEE acknowledges his/her responsibility for the safe and proper operation of the Watercraft; and for the safety and welfare of other persons riding on said Watercraft. IT IS AGREED AND UNDERSTOOD BY LESSEE that LESSOR shall not be held liable for damages, inconvenience or time lost caused by accident, breakdown or malfunction of the rental Watercraft. LESSEE FURTHER AGREES to indemnify and hold harmless the LESSOR from, and against any and all claims for loss of or damage to property or injury to persons (including death) resulting through the use, operation or possession of said rental Watercraft. LESSEE further agrees to hold the LESSOR harmless should loss or damages occur to any of the LESSEE’S personal property, while carried in, or on, the rental Watercraft, including loss or damage caused by fire, water, theft or any other cause whatsoever.
LESSEE expressly agrees to indemnify and hold LESSOR harmless of, from, and against any and all loss, costs, damages, attorney fees and/or liability in connection with the enforcing of the foregoing rental contract by LESSOR, including expenses incurred in collection or attempting to collect delinquent rent and in the event of suit by LESSOR to recover possession of said rented property and/or to enforce any of the terms, conditions and/or provisions thereof. It is understood and agreed that venue of any action hereunder shall be in the County of LESSOR.
In the event the malfunction, breakdown, or if any defect is discovered after acceptance of the rental Waverunner, LESSEE will immediately report same to LESSOR. Continued use of the Watercraft shall be entirely at the LESSEE’s risk and thus LESSEE assumes all liabilities of injury and damage to all persons and property that may become involved by its continued use. Any rental time missed due to Watercraft malfunction shall be reimbursed to the LESSEE by the LESSOR on a prorated basis, according to time missed, provided that the malfunction was not due to improper usage or negligence by the LESSEE.
LESSOR’s ability to provide the rental Watercraft , if reserved, is contingent upon and subject to the return of the Waverunner by the previous LESSEE, or any other cause beyond LESSOR’s control. Any rental time missed shall be reimbursed to the LESSEE by the LESSOR on a prorated basis. LESSEE shall have the option to cancel the rental and receive a full refund if the Watercraft is not available at the agreed-upon pick-up time.
The rules and regulations contained herein, found within the Watercraft and/or provided by the LESSOR are for the safety, welfare of all who use the Watercraft. The LESSEE certifies that he/she has read and understands said Waverunner rules and regulations and further assumes responsibilities to see that his/her family and guests will obey the rules.
Should any term or condition of this rental agreement be held void or unenforceable, then that term should be deemed severed from this agreement and the enforceability of the remainder shall not be affected and will remain in full force and effect.
For multiple day rentals, the Watercraft shall only be driven from dawn to dusk and is not to be driven at night. It is the responsibility of the LESSEE to ensure there is ample time to return before it becomes dark.
The Watercraft shall only be used on Lake Keowee and should not be removed from the lake at any time.
LESSEE agrees to return the Watercraft at the designated time within this contract. Late fees will apply at the prorated rate of $150 per hour if the Watercraft is not returned at the designated return time. LESSEE agrees to call LESSOR immediately if the Watercraft will not be back at the designated time.
It is understood that there may be times where the Watercraft cannot and should not be used due to adverse weather conditions.
LESSEE shall insure that there is a full tank of gas when receiving the Watercraft and will be sure to return said Watercraft with a full tank of gas. Lessee agrees that If the boat is not returned with a full tank of gas, the gas required to fill the boat will be charged to the credit card provided in addition to a $75 refilling fee. Gas shall be obtained only from a service station where there is no ethanol in the gas which might cause damage to the boat engine.
It is extremely important that the Watercraft shall be driven with “no wake” when coming in and out of a narrow cove area, at the pickup dock and/or other areas where no wake is designated or expected.
Avoid reefs, rocks and shallow areas being aware of signs and buoys which may designate these areas.
Thunderstorms are a regular occurrence at Lake Keowee and oftentimes roll-in during the afternoons. The weather can move in very quickly on Lake Keowee and may be very harsh. Please return at the first sign of adverse weather moving in and do not wait until it arrives, which at that point is too late.
Lake Keowee is a very large lake with many coves and inlets. Keep track of the direction you are heading and landmarks to ensure you can find your way back.
NOTE: LESSEE agrees that LESSOR will have the right to repossess the Watercraft if LESSOR or any other parties the LESSEE has allowed to operate the Waverunner are observed violating any of the provisions of this contract or operating the boat in an unsafe manner. No reimbursement for time lost will be provided to the LESSEE if this were to occur.
In consideration of the agreement herein, LESSOR does lease to the undersigned LESSEE the Watercraft and equipment described herein. LESSEE agrees said Watercraft will not be occupied by greater than the maximum Watercraft capacity allowed (3 people). LESSEE agrees to report any accident, malfunction, or breakdown of rental Watercraft to LESSOR immediately in accordance with paragraph (6) under general rules. This is to certify that LESSEE, and anyone he/she allows to use the Watercraft, is/are experienced and capable in all aspects of the handling and operation of a Watercraft such as the one being rented. I have read all pages of this agreement and fully understand the terms and conditions as set forth on all pages; that I acknowledge receipt of a copy of this agreement.
I acknowledge that operation or use of a watercraft has inherent risk that may lead to bodily injury or death. I further understand that I am not bound to or required to participate in any of the activities presented to me, but have willingly and voluntarily decided to participate. I have no health restrictions which would prevent me from participation in any activities or entering into this agreement. I realize that I am free to refuse to participate in any or all activities including those I feel uncomfortable with or which I feel cannot be completed safely by me. I knowingly and voluntarily assume all risk of injury, illness, damage or loss, both known and unknown associated with the rental operation or use of the Watercraft or associated rental equipment, even if arising from the negligence, act, or omission of rental LESSOR and assume full responsibility for my participation.
LESSEE agrees to wash off feet and/or other sources of dirt and debris prior to re-entering the boat. All belongings and trash shall be removed by the LESSEE at the end of the rental period. Any excessive dirt (i.e. red clay), debris and/or trash left within the boat upon return will incur a cleaning charge of $75.
If the boat is used for waterskiing, or any other activities which require someone to be pulled from behind the boat, there must be an experienced driver for these purposes, of at least 21 years of age, driving the boat and an additional “spotter” to observe the person and report to the driver.
The boat shall be driven with “no wake” when coming in and out of narrow cove areas and/or other areas where no wake is designated or expected.
The boat will be parked to the side or within a sanctioned dock by Duke Power, be securely tied up and be fully protected with buoys so the boat never makes contact with the dock.
The following operating and safety rules are by no means an exhaustive list, but important enough to mention while using the boat.
Always shut the engine completely off before allowing anyone to enter or exit from the back of the boat.
Never allow anyone in the water near the propeller at any time.
Always perform a head count to ensure all passengers are on the boat before starting the engine.
Avoid reefs, rocks and shallow areas (there is a depth finder on the boat that should be monitored at all times), being aware of signs and buoys which may designate these areas or noting discoloration of the water (i.e. Red Carolina Clay) indicating shallow areas.
Thunderstorms are a regular occurrence at Lake Keowee and oftentimes roll-in during the afternoons. The weather can move in very quickly on Lake Keowee and may be very harsh. Please return at the first sign of adverse weather moving in and do not wait until it arrives, which at that point is too late. Typically, such adverse weather will move in and out fairly rapidly, and there will be time to return to the lake.
Lake Keowee is a very large lake with many coves and inlets. Keep track of the direction you are heading and landmarks to ensure you can find your way back. It is recommended to carry a cellphone with GPS to assist with navigation.
Always make sure everyone aboard the boat has a personal floatation device that properly fits.
Do not come within 100 feet of another watercraft or dock when operating the boat beyond “no wake” speed.
Never attempt to jump the wake of another watercraft.
The following operating and safety rules are by no means an exhaustive list, but important enough to mention while using the Waverunner.
NO tubes, waterskiiers or anything whatsoever will be towed by any Waverunner.
The intake for the water on the bottom of the Waverunner is extremely powerful. Operating the Waverunner in shallow areas should be avoided. If any foreign objects (i.e. ropes, fishing line, sticks, rocks, sand…etc) are sucked into the Waverunner during the time of rental, it will be the sole responsibility of the LESSEE to cover the cost of the removal of the foreign object(s) and any repairs required to the Waverunner as a result of damage caused by the ingestion of such foreign object(s). There would be no reimbursement for lost rental time for ingestion of foreign object(s) causing breakdown. Determination of mechanical failure due to ingestion of a foreign object(s) shall be made by a qualified mechanic upon inspection of the Waverunner.
For multiple day rentals, the Waverunner will be parked at a dock before dark and shall only be used between dawn and dusk. It should be placed on a proper Waverunner lift/ramp or secured and completely protected with bumpers to insure it does not bang against a dock or other objects. It is agreed LESSEE will ensure that the WaveRunner never comes in contact with a dock and any damage caused by contact with any dock will be charged to the LESSEE.
Never “beach” the Waverunner. You can anchor a Waverunner and wade to the beach. Do not drive the Waverunner in shallow areas where sand/dirt can be ingested into the engine.
Always maintain at least 100 feet distance from other boats, Waverunners or other watercraft. ABSOLUTELY NEVER jump the wake of other watercraft within 100 feet of said watercraft.
THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS HEREIN CONTAINS THE ENTIRE UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN LESSEE AND LESSOR AND THAT NO OTHER REPRESENTATION OR INDUCEMENT, ORAL OR WRITTEN, HAS BEEN MADE, WHICH IS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS RENTAL AGREEMENT.