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Better Boats

Lake Murray’s ONLY source to rent DECK BOATS and DOUBLE DECK pontoon boats with a water slide off the back. Our pontoon boat rentals are better than anyone else in Columbia, SC because the boats are newer, cleaner, and bigger with more horsepower than your typical rental boats on Lake Murray. All boats include bimini tops, plush seating, AM/FM/CD stereo, boarding ladder, depth finder, compass, lake map and more so that you can cruise, tube, fish, ski, swim, and relax.

Better Service

Our rental staff is here to make sure that you have fun safely. We provide all coast guard required safety gear plus anchor and dock lines. Our staff will clean your boat before and after your outing and will teach you how to safely drive the boat. Extra services include a variety of water toys and tow ropes for tubing, skiing, swimming and fun. Let us help you to host the Midland’s best birthday party, family outing, company party, or gathering of friends on your boat on the beautiful waters of Lake Murray.

Better Location

Our fleet of boats, our office, and our staff are located at the new Marina Bay, next to Lake Murray Marina and Yacht Club just off I-26 near the towns of Irmo and Ballentine. There is ample parking near the docks and public restrooms are available. The Ships Store and restaurant, Liberty on the Lake can provide snacks, ice, sunscreen and anything else you may forget to pack. Cruise past the Southern Patriot, the Spirit of Lake Murray, the big house boats and sailboats on your way out of the marina. Motorboat past Pine Island on your way over to the SCE&G Dam. Then wave at the swimmers camping and picnicking at Sandy Beach on your way to Bomb Island to see where the Purple Martins roost. You can stop for lunch at the Rusty Anchor Restaurant or Timberlake Marina. Dreher island state park, Spinners resort and Southshore Marina provide a destination for those who want to see the far end of the lake.

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The safety of you, your family and friends is paramount. Better Boating provides quality life jackets in all sizes, as well as all Coast Guard required safety gear. All of our boats have passed a United States Coast Guard vessel safety check and are covered by the services of SeaTow of Lake Murray.