Frequently Asked Questions about the Bay to Bay boat club
Q: How does the boat club work?
You may have two reservations “on the books” two weeks in advance. To accommodate our members, we split the boating time to get the maximum number of people out on any given day. Boating times are from 9 am—2:30 pm or 4—9 pm until Labor Day then we back up the return time to coincide with sunset. A “use” is one half-day time slot. You may have one use per weekend (Friday PM slot through Sunday, including Holidays). We know from our history that five hours is plenty of boating time for our clientele.
Q: How do I know there will be boats available?
We limit the number of memberships based on the number of boats we have to ensure that boats are available when members call for reservations or book on-line. You can call up to 2 weeks in advance and have two reservations on the calendar two weeks in advance.
Q: How do I make a reservation?
You may use our on line reservation system or you may also call us and we’ll book your reservation along with any extras you are looking for from catered food to restaurant reservations to a special anniversary or birthday celebration.
Q: What type of boats do you have in the club?
In 2020 we will offer seventeen boats consisting of 25 foot Glastron & Rinker Speed boats, 25, 27, & 30 foot JC and TMC Tri Toon Pontoon Boats.
All boats include the required safety items. Our boats are kept in excellent condition and are inspected and registered each season with the Hennepin County Water Patrol.
Q: Is there a limit to the number of times per year you can boat?
We offer two packages to keep it simple. The Admiral package, Unlimited uses for any day of the week/weekends and the Captain package.
Q: How long can I keep the boat out?
As a member, you book a 5-hour session: either 9 am-2:30 pm or 4-9 p.m. Our members find that this is plenty of time to be on the water. If you are renting, we offer half-day (5 hours) sessions or full-day rentals (8 hours).
Q: Who can I bring with me on the boat?
Family, friends, work colleagues. In short, anyone you wish up to the capacity of the boat you select. Boats
Q: How do I sign up?
Just call us up, and we’ll set up a time to tour the marinas, review the membership agreement, schedule you for boat training and get you started.
Q: What does it cost to join?
Q: What are your hours of operation?
We’re open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Q: Are there any daily use charges?
Once you pay your annual Membership fee there are no other additional costs except fuel and damage, (which hopefully won’t occur), catering or hiring a Captain to drive, if you want to entertain and leave the driving to us. All charges are on a monthly account and you are billed at the end of each month.
Q: When can I use the boats?
Our season runs from May 5 through Oct. 1. Visit our membership or try the page about boat rentals information for more details.
Q: What do you need to know about boating?
Our goal is to make sure that you are completely comfortable with the boats. We provide the training (and the maps). We’ll show you how to correctly operate the boats and equally important, how to read and navigate the Lake Minnetonka buoyage systems.
Q: Why should I join the Bay to Bay boat club?
Here are just a few of the benefits:
- A variety of new boats to use
- Valet service—no carting gear, coolers or bags
- Professional and friendly staff catering to your needs
- Unique way to entertain family, clients or out-of-town guests
- No boat payment
- No cleaning
- No upkeep, repairs or maintenance
- No slip, storage or winterizing costs