July 22, 2003
We rented the wave runners one day and jumped into a ski boat the next. The wave runners were $50 per half hour, with no break in price for the longer you rented it. In order to drive, you either have to have a driver’s license or you can be younger with a boat license. We rented a couple for 1 hour and that was plenty. If you’re not used to driving a wave runner, it definitely uses muscles in your hands and arms you’re not used to using!
The dunes come right up to Silver Lake and there are plenty of boats parked along the sand as people get out and lounge on the dunes for a while. The rental company asks that you do not take the wave runners over to the dunes. That’s alright because we were only renting them for an hour and who wants to pay for a wave runner and sit on the beach instead?
The next day we opted for the 18 foot ski boat. With the boat, you get a pair of skis and a tube if you request it. The boats differ from the waver runners in that they do allow you to take them over to the dunes and park if you’d like. The boats run $80 an hour or you can rent them for 5 hours for $300. If you make a reservation, for a 5 hour rental you’ll have to choose either 9am - 2pm or 3 - 8pm. However, if you show up the day you want to rent, you may be able to get a different block for the 5 hour rental since someone may have rented a boat for only 2 hours from 9am - 11am, then you can take it at 11 and so on. They just want to get the most time out of their boats. Even on a busy 4th of July holiday, we had no trouble getting a boat for 5 hours renting it the same day we wanted to use it. The boats are very nice, with a stereo and seating for eight. They do not give money back for rain, but they will if there’s lightning. Luckily, we had good weather.
This is a good value and loads of fun!
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