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Best Powerboat Rental Miami 2010 - American WaterSports

American WaterSports

American WaterSports

2550 S. Bayshore Drive

Coconut Grove, FL 33133


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So you want to impress your friends back in Cleveland by showing them you roll like T-Pain and bang mermaids. Well, the only way to bag half-human/half-fish babes is to bounce in a sea vessel with some serious horsepower. Whether you need an eight-passenger 20-footer for cruising Biscayne Bay, want to take an excursion to Key West in a 37-foot sea cruiser with a tuna tower, or just wish to jet ski for a couple of hours, American WaterSports has the vessel for you. Eight types of crafts for rent by the hour or half and full days are conveniently docked at Monty's Marina in Coconut Grove, home to one of Miami's most popular watering holes and seafood grills. The staff is pleasant, knowledgeable, and always ready to answer any questions about your maritime adventure. If you're a local, we recommend signing up for an annual membership for good discounts on rentals. Memberships range from the six-month $800 "Get Your Feet Wet" plan to the annual $5,700 "Seasoned Speaker."
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Kevin Terry
Kevin Terry

I reserved a boat by phone, but only wanted to rent a boat with a GPS, so there could be no question about hitting the bottom. They told me that although I only needed a 19-20 foot boat, the smallest one they had with a GPS was a 26'. I agreed to pay the extra for the 26' as long as it had a GPS.The day we went for the boat, we were told that the GPS in the 26' hasn't worked in months, but the owner didn't want to tell me that on the phone, and risk losing a booking. By then, we had already taken the time off work, and it was our only day, so we agreed to take the boat without GPS. Sure enough, we touched the sand with the propeller. We didn't scrape the bottom, we didn't run aground, we simply touched the bottom. And just like the previous writer, the 'mechanic' was miraculously able to tell that the boat had touched bottom before we even got near the dock. He said it didn't sound right, and after taking it out for a test drive, said that it was not revving up like it should (it revved up exactly the same as when we took the boat out).It has now been 7 WEEKS of me asking for my $3000 deposit (less whatever bogus repair bill they come up with for the propeller). 7 weeks of them ignoring my messages, and they still have every penny of my $3000 deposit.My advice, just like the previous review, unless you hate your money, stay way from these guys. Kevin


We rented a 24' boat today, like 9am to 5pm just for fun. But when we went back to the marina, the staff yelled us that we damaged the propeller but before the marina entrance, the boat had to turn around in the shallower water near the marina. And which we could hardly tell how it was different from a few hours before we went out. It puzzled me how they were able to tell it was damaged from hundreds of feet away when the propeller was fully submerged under water. My gut feeling was that they were used to business practices like this. As long as you enter the shallow water, they call for a damage.They insisted on us paying for the "damage", which was $250, or they wouldn't give us back our $3000 deposit!!!we'd already paid for renting the boat. We started questioning why they didnt show us propeller before. they became very rude and refused to talk with us anymore, By this time, everybody was very upset, our day was already ruined. In the end, it came out $250. What a rip-off!So take my lesson, avoid Just for fun. If you'd like to take a chance, be careful. Take a picture of the propeller before you go out and take a picture after you come back