July 2007

A Splash of Family Fun

Author: Teresa Fitzgibbons

Palmetto Bay Watersports can put you on the Water

Imagine your family frolicking among the dolphins in the cool waves of Broad Creek or soaking up the sun as you cruise Calibogue Sound. When it’s time to play, there’s no better place than on our local waters. If you don’t have a boat—you don’t have a problem. Palmetto Bay Watersports has everything your family needs to chart your own course for fun and adventure.

“People can go out and see the water, see the dolphins, and see the island,” said Tim Trigg, owner of Palmetto Bay Watersports. “Families can visit Daufuskie Island or cruise the May River and see parts of the island you can only see from the water.”

Palmetto Bay Watersports rents powerboats, waverunners, and kayaks to visitors and locals all year round. Boat renters can captain the vessels themselves and decide if they want to zip through the waves, take a leisurely cruise along the May or Cooper Rivers, or drop a line into Calibogue Sound and reel in a shark.

“The boats are very simple to operate,” said Trigg. “Half the people who rent a boat from us have probably never driven a boat before.”

Palmetto Bay Watersports has ten boats, including two pontoons that can seat up to 14 people; a 19 foot Run-A-Bout that can carry seven passengers and is ideal for fishing; two 12-foot Center Console “Fun Boats” that are perfect for small groups of three; and three dual console Triumphs—two with 115-HP Outboard and one with 150-HP Outboard, each able to carry up to eight passengers. Instructions regarding operation, safety, local boating rules and restrictions, as well as the location of safety equipment are provided to boaters before they cast off. Palmetto Bay Watersports also supplies and explains charts to assist in navigating the local waters. Boats can be rented for as little as two hours or as long as a full day; all rentals include gas, ice, and a digital photo.

Trigg cites a number of advantages to renting a boat as opposed to taking an organized cruise or tour. Renters can enjoy both privacy and the ability to go where they want when they want and change their mind at the last minute. They can also bring food and drinks onboard and drop anchor and go for a swim, turning their boat ride into a picnic on the water.

Thrill seeking families may prefer to rent one of Palmetto Bay Watersports’ ten waverunners, each able to carry up to three passengers or 500 pounds. A guide goes out with each group of waverunner rides to provide assistance and information about the riding area and to ensure that riders follow safety rules.

“We do have requirements, and we’re strict with them,” said Trigg, who stresses that instruction regarding waverunner operation, safety, and local regulations are provided. “We don’t infringe on their fun, but we do make sure people come back safely.”
Palmetto Bay Watersports also has one- and two-person kayaks available for rent as well as fishing rods and equipment. Renters and vehicle operators must be at least 18 years of age and possess valid identification as well as a Visa or MasterCard and agree to follow all safety instructions and abide by local restrictions.

Tim & Beth Trigg

Good service is as important to Trigg and his staff as safety and fun. Their client base is primarily families, and employees are trained with that in mind. “We’ve got kids and we know how we’d want to be treated,” said Trigg. “We really work hard at making sure our families have fun here. We want them all to come back.”

Located at the foot of the Cross Island Bridge in Palmetto Bay Marina, Palmetto Bay Watersports, owned by Tim and Beth Trigg, is entering its fourth year of operation. “This is a great place to have fun,” said Trigg. “We’ve got people here who know the water and want to see you have a good time. We’ll do everything we can to make sure that you do.”

Palmetto Bay WaterSports
Palmetto Bay Marina
(843) 785.2345

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