Kismet Private Group Charter Rates

Because of the 6 passenger rule set by the Coast Guard on recreational boats, larger groups over 6 would need multiple boats, hidious pontoon boats, smallers skiffs with no bathrooms or extremely large commercial boats costing $1000's per hour or more. Because of the lack of options for smaller groups under 20 passengers we created the perfect solution and at affordable rates.

Kismet can hold up to 24 passengers by law but most enjoyable under 20 total for comfort reasons. All of our charters are private. We do not mix groups together to fill the boat, if you have just 7 passengers you will have the entire boat to yourself. You don't have to have 7 or more passengers to rent Kismet, we have a special price for 6 but chartering our Sailing Yacht Fate is more cost effective and larger yacht for smaller groups.

We have a two hour minimum (dock to dock) which circles the entire harbor seeing Fort Sumter the Ravenel Bridge, Yorktown aircraft carrier and Downtown Charleston. Additional hours are required to view additional sites or for partying at Shem Creek or swimming longer a nearby islands. Most cruises stay in the harbor but if you wish we could cruise the intra coastal waterway to Kiawah Island or up to Isle of Palms, no two trips are exactly alike,  you will need much more time than two hours for those farther destinations.

Rates are set by group size, we have attempted to make our charters as affordable as possible for the larger groups. The larger commercial boats will charge double or tripple for the same size groups. Our rates for larger groups breaks down to around $50 per person per hour, a very affordable first class experience for families, friends or small business corporate outings. Children under 7 are not counted in the passenger count (ride for free) but we cannot go over our 24 passengers by law and we will limit charters with small children to 2 hours.

Charlestons #1 Bachelorette Party Boat!

Kismet hosts over 200 bachelorete parties every year, Saturdays book up 6+ months out. Most bachelorette parties arrive on Friday and leave town on Sunday, this leaves Saturday the only day to do a boat ride. We turn down about 20 charters every saturday due to planning too late. Make your Bride happy and book early for the best availability choices.

Charleston Bachelorette Party Boat


Rates are by Group Size : Minimum 2 hours

6 Passengers or less: $275 per hour. Also see our yacht Fate

7-9 Passengers: $400 per hour.

10-15 Passengers: $600 per hour

16-20 Passengers $800 per hour

Charter 4 hours or more receive a 15% discount, (groups of 7 or more, harbor charters only).

A 16% base gratuity is added at the time of booking, we find it easier to take care of that up front then leave the crew out to dry after long day on the harbor. Additional tips are appreciated if you loved your crew and time on board.

Use the online calendar to book 2 hour trips, longer trips will need to be customized, give captain Dustin a call at 843-557-7403 or email to modify the calendar for you. You can view available times at the calendar below.

Food, alcoholic beverages and dockage fees at other marinas if required are not included.

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If you are contemplating booking a charter but see the forecast is not looking absolutely perfect, book anyways, as it will most likely be a great day. Too many times people wait until the day before to see if the forecast improves and then its too late as others have booked or crew made other plans, last minute charters are difficult to put together. In the rare instance you are the 1% charter that we must cancel, we can either reschedule or give a full refund. See the FAQ about the weather.


Charleston Boat rental Bachelorette

Popular Half/Full Day Trip Ideas

Besides the standard two hour charters on the online booking, we can customize the day to match exactly what you have in mind. Here are a few examples.

 Family Dolphin Watch

Bring the entire family and explore for dolphins (2 hours). There are nearly 200 bottle nose dolphins in or around the Charleston Harbor at any time. We can explore the creeks and calm waters for easy viewing. From our experience, shorter trip are perfect for younger ones as they dont do well past 2 hours. It is rare that we dont see at least 1 dolphin.

Large family boat charter

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 Shem Creek Experience

Take a half day trip (Minimum 3 hours) to Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant. Visit the restaraunts for lunch or dinner or bar hop and leave in style on a yacht. Perfect for those wanting a taste of the lowcountry lifestyle.

shem creek boat charter party

View Online Calendar for available times, may have to call to book longer trips

  Bachelorette Party Harbor Fun

Play in the Charleston Harbor (3-4 hours). Cruise through Shem Creek then anchor near shark tooth beach and swim or play on our blow ups near the shoreline. Swim over to the beach to search for fossilized sharks teeth millions of years old. For the guys, casual fishing can also be arranged, we can anchor in the harbor or just cruise the rivers, we usually see tons of dolphins in this time period. BYOB

boating and water sports fun

View Online Calendar and call to book longer trips

 Wedding Party Pickup/Dropoff

Getting married and want a water pickup or drop off? Many wedding locations around Charleston like Lowndes Grove, Carolina Yacht Club, Daniel Island, Ion Club, and Wild Dunes have docks we can reach. We can also navigate tidal creeks depending on depths to private homes.

Bachelor Parties

For the guys,we find the best trip is a 2-3 hour harbor cruise which can include swimming then drop off at Shem Creeks 7 bars and restaraunts to continue the party. You can easily Uber back downtown in about 10 minutes. Please call to set up this trip.

charleston group fishing charter bachelor party

What We Provide or Catering Options

All of our charters are BYOB, we do provide complimentary bottled water and sodas plus a second cooler full of ice ready for your things.

Having your large party catered is the easiest way to provide great food and affordable beverage options. We recommend Caviar and Bananas for your catering needs. We have worked with them for 8 years and they know what works best on a boating trip. Prices are what you would pay at a grocery store plus a small delivery fee. Your order will be on the yacht when you arrive.

Contact Heather Orman at (843) 577-7757


Pickup/ Drop off Locations

Kismet is located at the City Marina in Downtown Charleston. If you are staying downtown you will be about 5 minutes drive to the marina.

If you prefer for a pickup and drop off at other locations we can arrange that for you. The charter delivery rates start from the moment the captain leaves our dock until we return back. Plan on adding at least 1 additional hour to the total time to allow time for the boat to be delivered to and from the pickup location. Dropoffs/pickups at Bohicket Marina are 3.5 hours each way. Delivery times are billed at $275 per hour with minimum of 1 hour.

Important things to know

All charters are with a USCG Licensed Master Captain and mate, certified cpr/first aid with over 10 years of experience. Many of our Captains are also Charleston Firefighters with extensive life saving training and skills.

Please be onboard 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure in order to receive a mandatory orientation and safety briefing.

You will be asked to remove your shoes. If the weather is colder please wear boat shoes, or non-scuffing white-soled sneakers. High heels, boots and marking soles will not be allowed on board.

Spray Sunscreens are not allowed on board any of our boats.

Illegal drugs of any kind are not permitted including you folks from Colorado, Oregon etc.. Sorry, its federal law.

Smoking including cigars is not permitted on board.

If you wish to swim, please bring towels, we do not provide them.