Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to rent and/or drive your equipment?
The main renter has to be of legal age (18 years old) to sign the legal rental forms. If younger than 18, someone older (parent, guardian etc) would have to sign the rental forms as a renter. BLBR requests all passengers to sign forms too even if younger than 18 but the main renter has to be at least 18 years old to rent any equipment from BLBR. However, when it is legal to operate the equipment in Minnesota younger than 18, they can operate rental equipment with the proper licenses. They just must be of legal age to operate according to the MN State Law.

 What time are rentals?
Pontoon and Moomba rentals are for 8 hours per day, needing to be returned by dusk. Most rentals begin between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon.
Snowmobile rentals are 8 hours per day and need to be returned by dusk. 

How much is the damage deposit?
A $750 damage deposit on a major credit card is required on the day of rental. Physical damage to the boat is at the renter’s expense and will be assessed upon boat return with a Brainerd Lakes Best Rental staff person. If there is no damage upon rental return, the $750 deposit is returned back to the renter.

What do I need to rent your equipment?
A valid driver’s license, a major credit card, and proof of insurance. 

Do I need experience to drive the boat?
Boating experience is helpful, however, we provide training tools for a successful boating experience. For an additional fee, one of our skippers can be available to provide you a worry-free lake experience.

Can we bring food/beverages on the boat?
Yes, but consider space when packing a coolers and additional items.
Grills and other barbeque are not allowed. There are many restaurants in the area accessible by boat.

What lakes are the boats available on?
Our rentals cover the Gull Lake Chain

How do we get the boat?
On the day of your rental, Brainerd Lakes Best Rental staff will coordinate with you a convenient location for boat launch. We are able to pick up your party or drop the boat off at area cabins, resorts, local establishments or public accesses.

How many people are allowed on each watercraft?
Capacity on the Harris Cruiser Tritoon is 14
Capacity on the MOOMBA is 16
Seating capacity on the Tikitoon is 15, if people are comfortable standing the total capacity is 20

Are life jackets required?
Yes. All persons on board must have a properly sized life jacket. Boaters 10 years old or under must wear their life jacket once on board and for the duration of their boat ride. We strongly recommend adults who are not strong swimmers also wear their life jacket for the duration of their boat ride. Each boat provides life jackets for the maximum number of boaters on board. Please indicate in your reservation, how many children will be on board.

Is fishing allowed?
Yes, fishing supplies is not provided.

Is swimming allowed off the boat?
Yes, we recommend wearing life jackets while swimming in open water. The boat must be secured by the anchor and the boat needs to be out of traffic areas for swimming.

Are pets allowed?
We love your pets, but unfortunately, they are not allowed on board.

Are water sports allowed?
Water sports are allowed at your own risk

Where can we drive the golf carts?
The golf carts are street legal but should remain within proximity of Grand View Lodge Resort. 


Do you have a cancellation policy?
A 30-day written notice, with a $100 cancellation fee. Refunds are not permitted within 30 days of the reservation.

What happens if it rains?
Weather-related disruptions to your rental will be considered and negotiated with Brainerd Lakes Best Rental staff.