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  • What is the Process ?
    The Sun Cat "Member-Only Boat Share" model is to serve a small number of families to ensure the best customer experience possible, with maximum availability, the most comfortable well-equipped boats, with maximum up-time on the water, leveraging latest technology and apps to make the process automated and easy...all with a heavy emphasis on safety and knowledge sharing. Thee first step is to put you r name on our interest list. We will be following up with more information including a more formal application process. Applicants will be screen for ideal fit with the program based on conscientiousness, easy to work with, location, and boating experience levels among other selection criteria. Following selection as a member, you will pay and enroll in the initiation which includes comprehensive knowledge transfer of best practices related to dock access, captaining the boat, boat mechanical features, watersports tips and tracks, boating etiquette, how to use the App, and lake geography. This will provide a thorough understanding of the process from start to finish and very importantly, saftey protocols and how to use saftey equipment such as life jackets, back up electric motor and fire extinguisher.
  • What are the unique benefits of the Member-Only Boat Share" model
    This model removes all the hassle, saves countless hours of time involved in the holistic boat ownership experience, helps you ramp up the learning curve quickly, and ultimately is the most cost effective industry model. Preventive maintenance and 24hr service level agreements ensure maximum up-tijme on the water that boats are operating at the highest levels possible. All the equipment you need (exception of life jackets for children 3 and under) is included which equates to hundreds if not thousands of addition expense. Boat hygiene and cleanness is included so you dont have to worry about cleaning supplies and grunt work. Since the boat is on a lift, the bottom never needs to be cleaned which is expensive and time consuming, and also significantly impacts the performance of a boat. Never trailer a boat again and immediately leap frog the 5 year waiting list for a slip. Avoid unexpected damage to the boat such as sheared propellers and even hull damage by better knowing the lake and its hazard areas. This means less risk to your family. In addition, you will maximize quality time by knowing the best secret spots to go whether it be beaches, calm water, or wild life settings.
  • How do I reserve and pay?
    Click on the "Check Availability / Book" button under the service description on the home page. Select an available time slot from the calendar and then click "Request to Book." Sign in or create an account for quickest response time. We'll get back to you with confirmation and Venmo link. Payment and a $200 damage deposit are due the day of the rental. (Deposits are not required for Sunset Tours.) Send us a chat message if you are interested in flexible timeshare hours rather than a one-time rental, and we'll call you with all the details.
  • What kind of boats are available?
    We have 19' Stingray Bowrider style boats which seat 7 (Note:we do not rent pontoon boats.) We also provide tubes and accessories as the Stinray is great for tubing or just cruising. Our sunset tours are on our yellow 23' Chaparral.
  • Features and Benefits
    Reliability: All maintenance is included, with scheduled preventive maintenance every 7 weeks Support from an on-call mechanic with 24 hour turnaround to ensure maximum up-time on the water Auxiliary electric trolling motor as a back-up to main engine Convenience: The boat is located on a lift in a slip at the marina so it's "turn the key and go" 1 button / 1 lever lift operation so you are in and out quickly Fully padded slip to make docking easy Cleaning: All cleaning and detailing is included Members are responsible for wiping down and covering after use No costly bottom cleaning which also positively impacts performance Equipment Included: Watersports equipment such as life jackets, tubes, and tow ropes All safety equipment and other required accessories Lift, dock lines, boat box, and cover Lower Risk: All insurance is covered by Sun Cat Boating Preventive and on-call maintenance to ensure the boat is safe and operational Auxiliary power source Tow Boat USA emergency towing (paid and maintained independently by Member) Maximum Availability: Mobile Phone App for scheduling, with wait list and other features to make reservations easy Guaranteed first or second choice on time slot preference Check-in and check-out process via the App ensures smooth hand-offs This is a quality over quantity premium service with a limited number of members Peace of Mind: Reliable, well maintained boat with emphasis on safety Back-up power to ensure you never get stranded Comprehensive training on hazard avoidance and troubleshooting Financial savings: Everything is included: Maintenance, Insurance, Equipment, Slip, Cleaning, Supplies, etc. The relative cost per hour is a fraction of the expense of owning your own boat No slips fees or lift costs No need for a truck or towing Time Savings: Circumvent a 5 year waitlist at the marina Spend quality time with your family enjoying the lake, not hours of cleaning, dealing with service providers, paperwork, trailering, troubleshooting, wait lists, finding storage etc. Gas cans for in-slip re-fueling to bypass the gas dock Speed to Knowledge: Ramp up quickly with the help of several decades of boating best practices, lessons learned, watersports techniques, safety procedures, and lake geography 2 hours of on the water training, identifying best places to go and hazards to avoid. Exclusive Access: Access the marina and dock anytime within boat sharing hours with key code access to the marina Boat is available 12 hours per day, 7 days per week from April 24th to October 15th.
  • About the Boat
    The Sun Cat 20' Stingray is completely remodeled for 2023, comfortably seating 6 passengers (8 at full capacity) New custom Marine Mat brand flooring in Titanium Gray (including sundeck and swim platform) is grippy, water proof, and soft underfoot 3.0 Mercruiser Inboard/Outboard Engine is quick to plane and reaches top speeds of about 40 mph. Powerful for tubing and other water sports while also being fuel efficient. Bimini top for shade helps reduce sun exposure and heat Flip up front seat captain chairs on both sides Chrome steering wheel with responsive steering is fun and easy to drive New custom made cushions are extra thick and comfortable New center cushion can fully enclose the bow area if desired. With cushions removed, converts to a fishing platform. GPS-enabled electric motor holds boat stationary without traditional anchors Second battery provides back-up power 70/30 rear cushion configuration with tread step for safer, easier boarding Built in cooler Includes full complement of life jackets (please provide your own for children 3 and under) Includes quick connect dock lines and throw cushions Includes 2 different tubes with tow ropes Includes 2 traditional anchors
  • Scheduling and Reservation Process
    Only a small group of conscientious members will be selected to ensure maximum availability We use a self-service App for scheduling, check-in / check-out process, messaging, and access to a resource library. The boat is available from 6 am - 8:30 pm, 7 days a week Usage is based on a daily schedule of 2 hour time slots (Each 2 hr time slot is considered a "Session") Boat usage can range from 2-4 hours (1 session would be 2 hours or 2 back-to-back sessions for 4 hours). Anything over 2 sessions (4 hours) is based on availability. Certain guidelines apply. You are guaranteed your first or second time slot preference, or the 3rd choice is not charged to you. Reservations can be made up to 2 weeks advance
  • Pricing
    Go to the "Pricing and Plans" page for the most up to date pricing information
  • How do I sign-up?
    The steps are as follows: 1) Complete the "Add your Name to Our Interest List" Form by clicking the button below 2) We will email you with more information and an application within a few days 3) Submit an application 4) Schedule an introductory phone call 5) Conduct an in-person test drive 6) Pay a $500 Initiation Fee which will hold your spot (50% Refundable) 7) Purchase a plan by May 15th (A plan must be purchased by this time or your spot will open to the waitlist and your initiation fee partially refunded) 8) A refundable security deposit of $500 is required prior to use. (Terms of the deposit, damage scenarios, and liability waiver will be provided during the application process. The deposit will be refunded following completion of your plan) 9) The boat will be available for use on or around April 24
  • Tubing
    There are 2 tubes available: 1) a blue 1-2 person and a red 2-4 person tube. There are also 2 tow ropes. Wet tubes (and ropes) should be stored deflated on the floating dock, secured by a bungee. Or dry ropes can also be stored in the starboard bow hatch where the anchors are located. Use the shop vac located in the Rubbermaid chest to inflate the tubes. Place the hose end in the "out" value and insert the narrow nozzle to inflate the tube bladders. You can plug the shop vac into the black 3 prong power cord by the power post. It's okay to inflate the tube so it is pretty hard, as it will lose air volume in the colder water. Secure the rope to the hook on the stern by running the loop up, then around the middle prong. Make sure to deflate the tube when finished or it will rupture in the hot sun.
  • Scheduling
    Start by installing the Spaces by Wix App. Search for "Sun Cat Boating" and save to your device Home page. The Sun Cat Logo will display as the icon. Once installed, join the Boat Share Partner Group in the Group feed. Outings can be scheduled in 2 hour increments at 8-10 am, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, 1-3 pm, 3:30-5:30 pm, 6-8 pm and a 1 hour session from 8:30-9:30 pm (June 10- July 5th only due to sunset times.) Click the "Schedule" tab, choose your time slot and confirm your selection. Your upcoming session(s) will appear on your home screen following. Wait list as necessary, you will automatically be notified of any cancellations. Provide at least 2 hour notice on cancellations. Reservations can be made up to 1 month in advance. There is a 30 mins transition time built-in between each time slot for opening and closing activities. 15 minutes for opening and closing respectively. See "Opening" and "Closing" Procedure for details. If no one is scheduled before and / or after your session, feel free to use the extra 30 minutes on either end. If you have the 8-10 am slot, feel free to come out as early as 6 am. For the last time slot of the day, feel free to stay out no later than 20 minutes after sunset. In the event of inclement weather after the start of your session, return to the dock and "Check Out" and we will credit back your session credits in a pro rated manner rounded to the hour. For example, if you were out for 1 hour and 15 minutes and it starts raining, we'll round back to 1 hour and credit you with 1 hour of time (1/2 a session credit) In the event your outing is less than 1 hour for any reason, please contact us and we'll make a special exception and credit back 1 hour of time (1/2 of a session credit.)
  • Opening
    The "Opening" procedure is defined as checking-in and preparing for your lake outing. You have 15 mins for both "Opening" and "Closing" activities, thus 30 minutes between time slots. If no one is using the time slot before or after you, feel free to use the extra 30 minutes on each end of your scheduled outing. Make sure to check the app to see who might be booked before or after you. Open the App and click on the "Check In/Out" blue oval button in the top right of the home screen. This will time stamp your arrival and give you the opportunity to document any issues. Note, check-in notes will only be seen by staff. Example check-in comments: "Hey just checking in, everything looks in order." Use the Group Chat Feed to communicate with boat share partners as needed. Healthy communication is encouraged, especially between back-to-back time slots. Make sure fenders are in place, lower the lift by turning the lever from "Store" to the "Raise / Lower" position on the console. Simply let the tanks empty, it will take several minutes for them to submerge. TIP: secure the bungee line on the front side cleat in order to pull the boat to the dock once it floats off the lift. (Stand on the lift tank to reach the cleat if necessary.) Once the lift is submerged, go back to the control panel and flip the power switch on and add about 10 seconds of air to take some of the weight off the dock. Turn the power off and move the lever back to the "Store" position. Twist the stern line with a half loop, at about the midway point, and place the loop around the top of the rear dock post. This will take up the slack. Do not untie or reposition the rear dock line from the dock cleat. To hold the boat close for boarding, tighten the front bungee by selecting a shorter loop around the front dock post. Important: Remove shoes before boarding. You can leave them on the dock or bring a shoe bag to store and stow shoes in the boat. This will keep the floors free of dirt and debris. Remove seat covers, remove rear bench seat cover, and unzip bimini top side panels. Place these items in the blue mesh bag and place in boat box. Do not store on boat. Boarding and disembarking should take place via the sundeck / engine cover towards the stern. Passengers should avoid boarding/ disembarking via the bow as this poses a higher risk of falling. Put bow cushions in place. Snaps are not necessary, except for the middle gray cushion. Wipe down as necessary especially dirt on the gunwales (the top side perimeter of the exterior, above the black bumper line) and webs on the bimini poles. Use a towel and vinyl cleaner (interior) and Rain-Ex water-less cleaner for the exterior. (Located in the corner boat box.) Note: The exterior of the boat and dock area are treated with Spectacide every couple of weeks to mitigate bugs and spiders. There is also extra bug air spray in the boat box if necessary. The Spectacide spray bottle is located in the rubber maid chest, but you shouldn't worry about applying it unless you see a big problem area. Note: bimini top should always remain up and never be placed into down position. In the evening hours, place the light pole in the mount hole on the starboard stern (but don’t tighten down knob. as it is difficult to twist off.) The light pole is stored under the engine cover on 2 rubber clips located against the back of the bench seat. Make sure not to close the strap in the engine compartment. The ExoGear sounds bar can be powered on and connected via Bluetooth to your phone. There are 6 LED light settings for the speakers. (Do not use the rear lighting.) These settings can be adjusted using the self explanatory buttons on the face of the unit. Make sure not to leave stereo on for more that 45 mins when boat is off, as it will drain the battery. A jump starter can be found in the engine compartment if this happens. Make sure to turn the power off via the power button on the unit. Important: Trim engine down before initiating the "Engine Start" procedure.
  • Closing
    The "Closing" procedure is defined as checking-out and preparing the boat for storage. You have 15 mins for "Closing" activities, thus 30 minutes between time slots. If no one is using the time slot after you, feel free to use the extra 30 minutes at the end of your scheduled outing. Make sure to check the App to see who might be booked before or after you. When docking: make sure fenders are in place, lines get secured, and that the engine is trimmed up. The front side white fenders should remain tied to the side cleats at all times, do not remove. The light blue seat cushion (used as a fender) can be flipped into place between the boat and dock on the port side. Tip: when pulling into slip, drift in slowly (momentum and wind will typically move you to the right side of the slip.) Once your're in, turn the steering wheel to the left and put in reverse for a split second to slow and bring the stern towards the dock. Use a boat hook as necessary. Have someone up front to help. Double check that the engine is up. Remove belongings, including personal life jackets. Wipe down surface areas with a yellow towel (located in boat box.) This includes captain seats, cushions, floors, and gunwale (exterior perimeter along the ridge line.) Use vinyl cleaner on seats and Rain Ex water-less cleaning spray on the exterior. Spot clean / remove debris on floor. Cover captain seats with silver seat covers. Zip the bimini side panels into place and clip the straps to the eyelets. Place all three bow cushions in the main cabin, upright against captains chairs. Cover the rear seat bench with the small tarp by attaching elastic corner straps to rear cleats and folding the other end under the seat bench. Exit (and enter) from the rear via the engine compartment / sun deck. If after sunset, remove the stern light pole and remount in the engine compartment. Fill the gas tank according to the "Gas Procedure." Note: the boat may only use 2-3 gallons if you're just cruising around for 2 hours. It will use a lot more for tubing. When filling, listen carefully to the gargle and stop the fill quickly to avoid gas spilling out. You may want to have a towel handy. The gas cap is located on the starboard side of the swim platform. Make sure replace gas cap with threads aligned and only moderately hand-tightened. Take a photo of the gas can and estimate how much gas was used. Post that image along with interior and exterior photos according to the "Closing" procedure detailing the App check out process. To put on the lift: Loosen dock lines and hold into position by reaching over, holding bimini poles and and guiding slowly and carefully. Positioning the boat: 1) position the end of swim platform approximately halfway between the end of dock and the piling, 2) ball park the entirety of the boat to the middle of the slip, 3) point the bow more to the right than you think. Make sure the engine / lower unit is in the up position and the boat is not too far forward. Engage the lift by flipping the power switch on. The lift may come up unevenly but will right itself once the air tanks fill up. Make sure the boat is near centered. When the tanks start bubbling after several minutes, turn the power switch off move the lever to the "Store" position. IMPORTANT: Don't forget to loosen dock lines before lifting the boat. Then make sure at least one line is connected when departing. Tip: don't undo the stern line, simply unloop the half twist on the top of the rear dock post so it has plenty of slack. Reference opening procedure with regard to looping the dock line on the piling. Login back into the App: Click "Check In/Out" button and post 3 photos and any comments - the 3 photos should include one interior shot from the rear sundeck, one bow-port side exterior shot from the corner boat box area, and the gas can reading. Please also indicate the estimated amount of gas used. We encourage you post comments, observations or notes related to your experience along with any other issues (such as spiders, uncleanliness or belt noise for example). Note: comments will only be seen by staff, not other boat share partners.
  • Engine Start-Up
    Trim engine down. Important: ALWAYS double/ triple check that the engine is trimmed down before starting. If the engine is up, it will produce a loud high pitch revving sound....turn off immediately. Turn on blower. (Located next to key) Put throttle in neutral by pushing in the large round button at base of throttle handle. Pump 5-6 times to prime the carburetor. Position throttle handle down into the "10 am / 11 am" position, once you feel slight tension. Turn key to start. Throttle back quickly to about 1200 RPM and let run for 20 seconds. After about 20 seconds, pull back and click into neutral idle position (approx 700-800 RPM.) Note: You may hear a squeaking sound if it hasn't been run in a while. This is the engine belt and takes a few minutes to go away. This is a maintenance item and will be addressed every 7 weeks according to our normal preventative maintenance but may occur from time to time. Let warm up for 5 mins. If engine doesn’t start right away: pump one or two times more only (too many pumps will flood the engine and it won’t start.) and/or move the throttle slightly forward towards the 10 AM position so it gets a little more gas. Starting procedure when warm: If engine has been off for less than 30 minutes, simply turn the key to start. If more than 30 minutes, you may need to put it in neutral idle as above and move to the 11 AM position (once you feel tension) then turn the key. If more than an hour or two, start fresh with initial start-up procedure above. IMPORTANT: After running on plane for a while and coming to a stop, give the engine a solid 60 seconds to idle before turning off the key. (Otherwise it will knock and ping.)
  • Navigation
    Please review the "Maps" tab in the App on a regular basis to stay current on Red Danger Zones. These zones include the very far end of of crosswinds creek, the entire west side of lake as you head north towards Farrington Point, too far beyond the northernmost bridge and near the island on the small "cypress cove." Many hazards are marked with buoys and/or you can clearly see the tops of trees. IMPORTANT: keep distance from the island in the small cypress cove (located on the west side of the lake and highlighted in the 3rd map. There is an outcrop of rocks that extend 20 feet into what looks like open water. Always take note of wind speed and direction and factor that in when docking and anchoring Use AccuWeather app for a radar, rain bands, and other weather information. Stay to the right of oncoming boats as much as possible. Sailboats and kayaks have right away. Be very aware of other skiers/tubers in the water and avoid wave runners as they are erratic and sometimes reckless. Always be surveying the area around you when driving the boat. Wave runners and Jet skis can surprise you. Stay at least 30 feet from shore when on plane If you run a ground, immediately turn off engine. Use the oar to push yourself free. If that doesn’t work, it’s OK to jump out of the boat and push it to deeper water. Trim the engine way up if navigating through only a few feet of water.
  • Once Underway
    Observe no wake zones and go especially slow in the marina harbor. Make sure engine is trimmed down before accelerating to plane. Get onto plane quickly by pushing throttle all the way down, then pulling back swiftly to 3000-3400 RPM 3200-3400 RPM is a good cruising speed and provides optimal fuel efficiency. Once on plane, trim up about 1/8 to find “sweet spot” for hull efficiency. It only takes a short press of the trim button which is located on the throttle handle just below the thumb button. TIP: Trim down in choppy water to mitigate bounce and smooth out the ride. If the nose bounces up and down for any reason, this is called "porpoising" and is an indicator to trim down. TIP: Throttle back quickly to a near stop when approaching very rough water TIP: Ease back slowly in 3 progressions when reducing to a no wake speed Do not “floor” the throttle other than to get on plane. VERY IMPORTANT: Never keep the throttle floored at top speed. Do not sustain RPM over 4500 for more than a minute or two to avoid engine wear / damage. Never exceed 5000 RPM. Fuel efficiency will drop by an order of magnitude above 4000 RPM. If beaching the boat for a short period (for letting passengers on an off for example), walk the boat in and out of shallow water, and secondarily use the boat hook. Ideally, trim up as necessary in shallower water to keep the prop clear. It’s OK to raise the lower unit as much as 3/4 of the way up in shallow water to avoid prop damage. Important: Never let the lower unit sit in the sand, or intermittently bounce due to other boat wakes, as it can clog the intake and the engine will overheat.
  • Equipment Locations
    Important: Make sure the engine compartment loop handle is buttoned back into place immediately after cracking open the compartment lid. Make sure it does not get caught under the lid when closing. (There is a small pry bar in the glove compartment if this happens, or use the tip of the boat hook.) Use 2 hands placed widely apart when closing the lid.) Note: All kids under 12 and under need to have their own life jacket, bring to and from Note: All tubers 12+ need to furnish their own life jackets. House life jackets should be considered back-up only. Locations: House life jackets in the engine compartment. Extra dock lines located in engine compartment crate or side stow panels. Fire extinguisher in starboard bow compartment along with anchors. Jump Starter box in the engine compartment. Throw cushion in cabin (dark blue). Cushion used as a fender on port side (light blue). Note: you can flip this cushion in and out of the boat when docking/getting underway. Attach with carabiner to black bungee along the window line. First aid kit in engine compartment crate. The kit also contains safety whistles. Air horn in engine compartment crate. Large Flashlight in passenger side stow panel. Oar hanging in the rear of the engine compartment (light blue paddle) Boat hook (2 sizes) located in cabin area. A longer boat hook is perched along the base of the window passenger side. The stern navigation light pole is mounted in the engine compartment against the bench seat back.
  • Anchoring
    Large and small mushroom anchors are located in the starboard bow storage hatch under cushion. Secure anchor to a bow cleat and let wind blow into place. In normal calm conditions, the Anchor line should be at ~45 degree angle commensurate with the water depth..approximately 2.5 ft of line for each 1 ft of water depth. (ie 15 ft of line in 6 feet of water.) Use more line with a flatter angle in windy conditions. Optionally, secure the small anchor off the stern cleat. This can be helpful to hold the boat in place when the wind is variable and you are anchored at the swim beach, for example. When anchored, make sure all switches are off and key is turned to “off” position. If using radio, be sure not to run off battery power for more than 45 mins. Important: all the dashboard switches, except one have simple on-off /up-down position. However the navigation lights on the far right side have three positions- the middle position is the “off.” Trolling motor with gps stationing coming soon
  • Gas Procedure
    Refill gas burned at the end of each session using a 5 gallon gas can. Gas cans can be found in wicker cabinet. It is easiest to fill when the boat is still in the water. Gas has a tendency to spill out when it reaches capacity, so listen closely to the gurgle sound before it spills out. You may want to keep a yellow towel handy in case of spills. If gas cans are low, proceed to gas dock as back-up and notate in the App. We'll try to mitigate this scenario. (For reference, marina hours are 9am - 6pm.) Estimate usage and include a photo of the gas can with your check-out photos. We will bill back based on current gas prices which are roughly $5 at both at the marina dock and gas stations, paid via Zelle or Venmo.
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