All passengers will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to boarding the boat. We reserve the right to not allow you on the boat or cruise without signing waiver.
TFD Adventure Co. will be known as TFDACO as an abbreviation on this policy.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult to cruise, and must have a parent or guardian sign the liability waiver on behalf of each child.
All cruise reservations require a 100% payment and will include a 6% service fee at time of booking, booking on-line only, which is subject to our cancellation policy below. This can be done though the website link. If you would like to book at the dock, pay by the seat only, cash and credit cards are accepted (all credit card transactions will be assessed a 1.9% service fee).
TFDACO currently operates one boat, with a maximum capacity of 24 passengers. Please give us a call at 616-610-7648 in order to make your reservation over the phone.
You must be over 21 and have a valid ID to consume alcohol during the cruise.
Tipping, though not required, is always appreciated by our hard-working captains.
All cruises depart from 219 N Union Street Douglas, MI. 49406. There is plenty of parking right by the boat.
Please make plans to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to scheduled departure, as cruises must end at the scheduled time, even if departure is delayed due to passengers running late.
In an effort to provide the best cruising experience for our guests, departure times may be altered by us at our sole discretion. TFDACO staff will contact you by phone if anything regarding times change.
Any cruises requiring special assistance such as an ADA-accessibility are requested to call us at time of reservation to ensure that appropriate accommodations can be made to suit your needs.
We are not responsible for lost or stolen property – it is up to you to secure your parked car and belongings while enjoying your TFDACO cruise.
Smoking of any kind in not permitted while on the boat and will be terms to cancel cruise and head back to the dock. Marijuana is not permitted on the boat in any form.
It is the law that children under 6 years of age are required to wear a life jacket on board any vessel. We strictly enforce this rule. You are responsible for bringing a toddler life jacket, we do not have any available and they will be unable to board without one.
Pontoon Boat Rental Agreement:
General 1. The vessel must be operated at speeds that are safe for the location and conditions. No
weaving through vessels that are underway, stopped, moored, or at anchor and avoid swimming areas.
Scan the area constantly, operate defensively, and avoid aggressive maneuvers. 2. To keep a safe
distance away from people, objects, and other vessels. As speed increases, greater distance is needed. 3.
Individuals are never to enter the water unless the vessel motor is turned off, the keys are removed, the
propeller has stopped spinning, and a lifejacket is worn. 4. Before starting the motor, always do a
headcount to make sure all passengers are onboard and visually inspect the area. 5. While the vessel is
in motion, passengers must remain seated and away from the front (bow), sides (gunwales), rear
(stern/transom), and swim platform. 6. The engine shut off cord (lanyard) must be attached to the
operator’s wrist or PDF at all times. 7. Proper procedures to start and stop the engine, to start the
engine, make sure motor trim is down all the way, there is a toggle under the key which is the choke, lift
upward to engage choke, start motor with key. 8. Carbon monoxide (CO2), when engine running or
around another boat running extends 30 feet around the vessel. 9. To signal danger or need for
assistance, sound five short blasts of the horn or whistle. 10. Most vessels do not have brakes; stopping
the engine will not stop the vessel. Stopping quickly will likely be difficult (or impossible) if the vessel is
traveling too fast. 11. If anchoring the vessel, do so in a location where others may easily see the vessel.
Anchoring should always be done from the bow (front). 12. Navigation rules: - When crossing the path
of another vessel, always yield to the vessel on your right (starboard). - It is the responsibility of the
participant/operator to slow down, steer away, or stop to avoid any and all possible collisions. - If
meeting another vessel head on, operator should steer to the right. - When overtaking another vessel, it
should be done to the left (port side). – A power boat must give way/yield to all sailboats. 13. No tubing,
pulling of persons or wake boarding behind the boat. 14. It is the responsibility of the primary guest to
ensure no damage is done to the vessel, all areas of the boat are included. The vessel will be inspected
prior to leaving dock and then post rental, if damage has been done to the vessel it is the primary
renter’s responsibility to pay for all and any repairs (person that booked the boat).
Pontoon safety 1. Keep all hands and fingers free from gates and hinges when exiting the vessel. 2.
Proper use of navigation and anchor lights is required. 3. While underway, all gates must be closed and
all participants must be seated inside the gated area. 4. Towing of other vessels is not permitted.
Operation procedures: The rental facility will: 1. require the renter and all participants to sign all rental
forms, including: rental agreement, rental release, and participant check out form. There are to be no
additional participants, passengers, or riders on the vessel after check-out. 2. No smoking (including
marijuana) or operation of the vessel by anyone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 3. not
allow vessel operation from dusk to dawn. 4. A map has been provided and will remain on the boat for
operational boundaries, do not pass under the Blue Star Highway bridge or enter the channel to Lake
Michigan, please see map for boundaries. Remember red right return, which means returning from the
channel towards Saugatuck/Douglas your red marker would be on your starboard side (right side) the
green markers should be on your left. 5. Swimming is permitted in the cove only, boat must be anchored and close to shore, please no diving head first off the boat, the primary of the rental is responsible for the safety of their passengers, TFD
holds no liability for the clients swimming, you are swimming at your own risk.
For all cancellations made with less than 7 days notice, customers will receive a credit towards a future cruise; no refunds are issued. Full refunds may be processed at the discretion of TFDADCO on a case by case basis. No credits or refunds are issued within 48 hours of the scheduled cruise due to staffing and preparation cost. Cancellations may be made by contacting our office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (616) 610-7648, you will receive a confirmation within 48 hours.
The boat cruises run regardless of weather conditions. In the situation where we are forced to cancel a cruise due to weather, you will be allowed to reschedule to another time, subject to availability, or we may decide to offer you a refund.
Online Privacy Statement
The following statement explains how the web site may collect and use your personally identifiable information.
The Basic Principle
We will never intentionally disclose your personally identifiable information to any third party for their use without first receiving your express permission. We will not send you e-mail unless you have requested it or unless it’s in the course of a transaction you have initiated.
Free To Use
You can access our web site for free.
When do we collect your personally identifiable information?
You must provide some personally identifiable information in order to use some features of our web site. Examples include:
Signing up for e-mail announcements.
Participating in online sweepstakes, contests and games
Purchasing items such as event tickets
Participating in an online survey
Submitting information on the contract web form.
What personally identifiable information do we collect?
The information we collect for services such as these will vary, but can include your name, address, zip code, e-mail address and phone number. We also collect credit card information for purchases done though a third party Xola. We will make an effort to provide a link to our privacy statement whenever we collect personally identifiable information.
How do we use your personally identifiable information?
The personally identifiable information we may collect will not be shared or provided to third parties without your permission. We will not send you an e-mail unless you have requested it or gave us permission, or unless it’s related to a transaction.
Who else has access to your personally identifiable information?
Third-party technology providers, such as web or email hosting services.
How do we use site usage statistics?
TFDACO collects some information automatically via server logs and cookies. This information can include your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring URLs. We use this information to prepare for peak usage times and ensure a fast-loading site, to help diagnose problems with our servers and to understand which features of our sites are being used and when.
Disclosures required by law or for security and safety
Parental consent is required for children under 13 to register or submit personally identifiable information on our sites.
Children: Be sure to ask your parents for permission before you send any personally identifiable information about yourself to us or anyone else over the Internet.
Parents and guardians: We encourage you to get involved with your children’s online usage and to be aware of the activities in which they are participating.
Notification of Policy Changes
As time passes, TFDACO may be sold along with its assets, or other transactions may occur in which customer information is one of the business assets transferred. In such a case, the customer information which we have gathered may be one of the business assets we transfer.