What is a SocialFloats?

Social Floats is a boat rental marketplace service based on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota but is expanding globally. Get access to a variety of boats at great prices and even have a driver if you want (typically included in pricing by most boat owners)! If you have a boat you can list it and get paid when people rent it! It’s kind of like airbnb meets uber but for boat cruises. Gather your friends, coworkers, bachelor or bachelorette party and enjoy a day on the water.

How to Book:

Just click Request to book on one of the listed boats to confirm availability and ask any questions. Once the boat owner confirms and answers your questions, you can click make a reservation button. Select your number of hours, date, time and number of friends and you are all set! With rates starting for as little as $500/ half day you can cruise the lake in style ($50/ person for a group of 10).

What boats and tours are available?

Several boats are available ranging from a 20′ lounge style pontoon that seats up to 10 including driver, to  35′ luxury Cruiser Yacht that seats up to 15+ including driver. Boats can pick up and drop off at restaurants or public docks by request. You can select from a few hour tour to a full day and your captain can customize one for more or less hours if requested. That’s only $50-100/ person with a group of around 10 for a great day of fun on the lake!

Does Social Floats provide food or beverages?

You can BYOB, so bring whatever snacks or beverages that “floats your boat” you would like. Food and snacks are allowed for you to bring-in a small backpack. Coolers are not allowed to be loaded at most restaurants, but your driver can have a cooler available with ice if requested.

Do I need to bring a cooler or ice?

Your driver may have coolers available or you can bring your own. At most restaurants, loading coolers are not allowed, but a small backpack is for snacks!

What is the cancellation policy?

1 month+ is your entire money back minus admin booking fee, A 2-4 weeks rain check provided, 0-2 weeks is no refund unless otherwise specifically stated on the boat listing page. If bad weather or unsafe conditions are present, the captain will cancel tours and rain checks will be provided.

Where do we pickup and drop off guests?

Contact the boat owner after booking to make arrangements for pickup at public docks such as Excelsior, Wayzata, Spring Park and Mound as needed. 

How long are the tours?

Rentals are typically scheduled from 2-8 hours. Boat owners will try to get as close to your hours as possible-but tours can last slightly less or more depending on traffic and boarding/ unboarding time.

Is there a bathroom on board?

Some boats do have an enclosed porta-potty available on board if needed but check with the individual boat owner, or they can also stop at public parks/bars/restaurants if needed.

What is the capacity?

Larger luxury cruiser boats are certified up to 12 total guests and a maximum weight of around 2000 lbs with various comfortable lounge seating. The smaller boats have a capacity of 10 guests including driver and a total weight of 1500 lbs. You can book more than 1 boat if you need at least 12+ total people for your group!

What is the minimum number of people required?

As few as one person can rent the boat, but we always say the more the merrier! The price per person is less for the more people you have too, but boat owners cannot exceed their listed max capacity typically ranging from 7-15+

Are Children allowed on the Social Floats Tour?

Yes most boat owners are kid-friendly as long as children are accompanied by an adult but you should check with the boat owner prior to booking. Children under the age of 13 are required to wear a life jacket onboard at all times.

Does SocialFloats do private parties?

Of course. Our tours are usually private groups so request to book to get more details from a boat listing you are interested in.

Do you provide the driver?

Yes most boat rental owners provide an experienced driver who knows how to navigate the lake, the many bays, channels, buoys, and handles docking, anchoring, steering, and might even show you a few things you might not have noticed on the lake like celebs houses or some history on the islands.

Are we allowed to tip the crew?

Absolutely, and they would certainly be grateful to you for your generosity.

What happens if I fall off?

We recommend that you can swim, and this is quite unlikely, but if you do fall off, the boat carries life jackets and rings to retrieve you. Some boat owners do have a lilypad, floatable rafts, noodles and paddleboards available for rent too.

Is swimming allowed during the tour?

Yes most boat owners will allow this, but only when the boat is anchored with the motor off in a safe spot. No diving is allowed, but boat owners typically encourage our guests to swim if they want and with life jackets if preferred. Who wouldn’t want to take a dip on a hot summers day, or to purify themselves in the waters of Lake Minnetonka 🙂

What if it is raining or thunderstorming on the day of tour?

Boat owners can operate rain or shine. You’re on the water, so you shouldn’t mind getting a little wet! For your comfort, some boats have a bimini top over most of the deck or a covered cabin. We are all about safety first though, so if thunder, lightning or heavy winds present themselves, the captain has the right to cancel the tour and offer a rain check or cancellation at any time at their discretion.

Are pets allowed?

Sorry but no pets are typically allowed on cruises at this time unless boat owners otherwise say

How do I pay?

You can pay by credit card online or via paypal right on the site. Find the boat you like, and if available on the calendar and confirmed by requesting to book with the boat owner, you can click the blue make a reservation button. (Just select pay with debit or credit card id you don’t have a paypal account on checkout). If you have questions, you may also send the owner an inquiry message.

All sales must follow the cancellation and refund policy. 1 month +  entire money back minus admin booking fee, 2-4 weeks rain check provided, 0-2 weeks no refund. In bad weather or with unsafe conditions the captain may cancel tours and rain checks will be provided.

Can I go fishing on the boat?

If you want to fish go for it as long as the boat owner is ok with that! You must have a MN fishing license, but we are all for allowing our guests to enjoy the experience on the lake. Most boat owners may not have equipment though so you would need to bring all your own rods, reels, nets, buckets, etc. Check with your boat owner first.

How can I list my boat on Social Floats?

Get paid for others to rent your boat when you’re not planning to use it! Have a boat and want to make extra income with it for maintenance, storage, insurance and docking slip fees? Boats are expensive and you may as well let it make you money when you’re not using it. Earn anywhere from $100 – $1000+/ day.

How does listing a boat for rent work?

You can set your own hourly or daily pricing. Social Floats can help you rent out your boat to others and earn some cash! We may even be able to help you find experienced boat drivers so you know your boat is in good hands, or you can drive yourself for your customers. Please be sure to follow all local state and federal rules and regulations.

What do I have to do to rent out my boat?

All you have to do is list your boat from anywhere in the world with a description and some pictures, and we’ll help advertise it so you get more bookings. On the day of the booking just provide keys to the driver or meet the guests at the arranged pick up point and provide basic instructions.

How is my boat protected if I rent it out on Social Floats?

 We have sample rental agreements available, and customers can book and pay securely right on our site. We can hold the renter’s credit card as a damage deposit. Start cashing in on your boat on days it is just waiting to be used.

How can I apply to become a driver?

Are you looking for a cool summer job? Social Floats boat owners are always looking for good boat drivers. Get paid to drive boats around Lake Minnetonka ranging from pontoons to luxury cruisers! Must have knowledge on how to operate a 22-34′ boat with a clear driving record and meet local state and federal requirements. Hours would be flexible when clients request tours, but would primarily be on evenings and weekends for most bachelor/ bachelorette parties, corporate outings, and groups of friends. A typical tour would be for 4 or 8 hours. Please reply to with relevant experience, contact info, and availability.

Do I need insurance to rent a boat?

If you’re renting a boat, you should check with the boat owner to see if they have the proper insurance.

It’s our policy to not offer advice about insurance or compliance with regulations and requirements as these vary by location. When owners sign up, they agree that they are compliant and take complete responsibility for compliance as part of our terms of use.

It is important to know that Social Floats does not offer any insurance for bookings. Any insurance questions should be handled directly by a customer and owner since policies, laws, and regulations vary from state to state and by country.