Bw Ventura

Boston Whaler Ventura 160

Detailed Information

We rent our boat on Boatsetter. 

Except for instruction and emergencies, all booking communications should be done only through the Boatsetter Application so we have one place to look. 

Boatsetter Terminology:  When you take the boat out you “Check-In” to the rental.  When you return the boat you “Check Out”

Boat Specifications
2000 Ventura 160 with 2020 115 hp Yamaha
Length: 16′ 3″
Beam: 7′ 1″ (85″)
Draft: 14″
Weight: 1900 lbs. (standard configuration)
Passengers: 6
Max HP: 115 (this boat has the largest engine allowed)
Min HP: 50
Motor Shaft Length: 20″
Internal Fuel Tank: 45 Gallons

Serial # US-BWCBB764H900
YAMAHA F115LB Serial # 6KKL-1087655

Garmin Navigation System
GPSMAP 743xsv US+Canada GN+
Serial# 6UB001640
PART NUMBER010-02365-61

Rental Website

US Coast Guard Approved Type III Wearable lifejackets and Type IV throwable Cushions. Children 12 and under must wear a TYPE III while aboard.
Life jackets are provided in bags. Spare life jackets are located in the tool shed at the end of the driveway of 80 North Water Street.

Located in the locker in front of the helm station: Flares, Horn, Whistle, First Aid Kit, and fire extinguisher. Also in a red plastic waterproof case is the Registration. Inspect and make sure all is there. Anchor with 100 ft of anchor line, bumpers, and spare lines are in the forward locker under the V seat

PURE Personal Watercraft
Policy #PW23703031300 Effective till January 19, 2025

Rental Insurance

Geico and US Boat provide insurance through Boatsetter.com

The Geico insurance requires that owner and guest both use the check-in and check-out features of the Boatsetter APP

Believe that you are borrowing a friends personal boat (we are now friends and it is my boat) and must endeavor to return it in better condition that you found it.

What to Expect

This is a simple and standard outboard motor boat with the usual controls. That aid, this rental is ONLY for experienced boaters who have had years of experience being the captain of their own boat. You are expected to be able to handle a small motorboat with proficiency. If this is not you then please cancel this booking and obtain a full refund. No harm no foul.

From the time you leave the berth until you return, you are the Captain of this ship. As Captain, you are fully responsible for the boat until it is returned to the slip in the same condition you found. This responsibility extends to you even if there is a mechanical breakdown. See the section below on losing power.

You will do a self-check-in and check-out process. There will be no one on hand to teach you how to handle a small boat or to educate you on the boats use beyond this document that you are reading now. All you need to know is described here. If you have questions you will call in and ask.

We provide USCG wearable Type III life jackets and at least one blue Type IV throwable cushion. Children under 12 must wear a suitable PFD. You must ensure that you have the correct number of life jackets onboard and that they fit the passengers properly.


The key for the Ventura is located in a WordLock Key lock box that we keep in the dashboard locker in front of the passenger seat opposite the helm
Code will be sent after you pass the exam.

The boat key is a two-part device. A metal key and a black kill switch at either end of a red lanyard. You have to attach the kill switch around the bottom black button or the engine will not start. There is also a fuel key.

The boat is registration MS 2746 DS
It is the first one on the first finger pier.​

Observe how it is all set up beforehand. All the lines will stay on the dock.

Port Spring and Stern Lines

  1. Release The starboard spring line hook (on the first piling you come to on the wharf. This will give you 4 feet of to pull the boat to the dock.
  2. Get On The Boat – Release the blue wharf side stern line and clip it onto the middle of the black spring line you just slacked.
  3. Unclip the black spring line from the base of the port forward cleat. Clip it onto the blue flecked rope on the bloating dock piling. The spring will now be tight and out of the water.
  4. Any spare life jackets and bags can be attached to this blue line also

Check the Safety Gear: Make sure you have the right number of PFDs. If not, go to the tool shed up the driveway of 80 North Water St. Inside on the left you will see additional PFDs.

[1] Sign the Check-In Boatsetter form

Load The Boat turn on the battery, lower the engine using the thumb switch on the throttle, and make all preparations for going to sea.


Uncover the Garmin and place the cover in the left dashboard hatch in front of the passenger seat.

Turn on using the rocker switch labeled Garmin and then the right bottom GPS button on the Garmin itself.  Press OK -> Vessel to see your speed. Maps are also available.

Attach any loose cushions using the thumb snaps. The bow uses a webbing strap through the anchor padeye. New Cushions are only available in a set and cost $$$. Make sure they are secure.

Place the key in the ignition and the black “Kill Switch” key (at the end of the red lanyard) under the black button. ENGINE WILL NOT START WITHOUT KILL SWITCH INSTALLED

Start the engine in neutral. No additional gas is required. It should start right up.

[2] Text a picture of any pre-existing damage – there should be none.

[3] Text a picture of the fuel gauge to 401-575-0328

[4] Text picture of the Garmin Screen with odometer to 401-575-0328

Home -> Info -> Trips & Graphs -> Trip  There you will see Odometer around 725 miles

Pick whichever format works best for you, JPG or PDF.
This form must be completed at the dock. Please also send the pictures along with the form.

To Release Lines – Hold on to your neighboring boat

The Starboard Stern line unclips from the forward station of the aft cleat. All the clips and bumpers get clipped onto the piling so they are out of the water,

The Bow Lines get unclipped and stay on the dock neatly

DO NOT PUT THE ENGINE IN GEAR – It is way safer to pull yourself out of the slip by hand

When you do go into gear use only brief spurts. You will need to go in and out of gear constantly- GO SUPER SLOW

Put the engine into gear by squeezing the throttle handle to undo the lock and gently putting the throttle forward. The boat will idle faster than you want to go so prepare to put it back into neutral.

All hands should stand by to fend off and help you get the boat out of the slip. It is better to give the propellers a wide berth. Carefully maneuver the boat out of the slip and then back to the wooden bulkhead behind the boat.

The boat tends to pivot on the bow. The engine will push the stern around. Turns have to be initiated early. When in doubt put the boat into neutral.
As you leave the docks be alert to traffic in the channel. Once in the harbor turn left and motor towards the lighthouse. This is open water where you can familiarize yourself with the boat and how it operates. This is also a good time to get comfortable. Be sure to keep a weather eye out. There is a lot of boat traffic here.


If you lose power
1) Check the black kill switch/safety clip that allows the engine to run.
2) Do not abandon the ship or get off the boat
3) Prepare the anchor and set it when you are within 100 feet of the shore
4) Do not allow the boat to drift onto the shore or rocks
5) If you have to raise the engine, straighten the engine and raise it until foam rollers start to roll over
6) Make your phone calls

Platt 401-575-0328
Iggy 508-627-0248
Sea Tow 508-564-9555 Local or 800-473-2869 – $$$ charges will apply

7) Wait for assistance – do not get off of the boat – you are the captain until the boat is back in it’s slip or you are relieved by an approved service provider.


CROSSING THE FERRY: Do not cross the ferry until you see the ferries leaving their berths. Only cross once the ferries are entering their berths.

The speed limit within the harbor is 5mph and is strictly enforced.

Do not go North or East of Cape Pogue light. Do not go West of Hart Haven.

Do not enter Calebs Pond

Anchoring in Cape Pogue is ONLY at the entrance on the west shore where the bottom is sandy. Keep an eye on the boat while anchored. changes in wind can move the boat. You should lay out at least a scope of 8 to 1. For 3 feet of water have 25 to 30 feet of line out.

Katama is tricky and shallow. Use the depth meter and mind the tides. A falling (ebbing) tide can leave you stranded. It is harder to see the channel when the sun starts to set.

This is a small boat and not suitable for waves over one foot. Seas over one foot will call for slow 5-knot speeds or less. A trip to Oak Bluffs ( for example) is not treacherous unless the conditions are dead flat and the forecast is for calm seas. The boat handles better with fewer people. A full load of six will impair the seaworthiness of this vessel and will call for reduced speeds.



Refueling is difficult due to the short hours that the dock is open. Take a picture before and after your rental of the Fuel Gauge. We will estimate the fuel used.
North Wharf Packer Fuel Dock Phone 508-627-5050 Summer Hours are 10-2 on Weekdays and 9-4 on Weekends and when the yellow Shell flag is up
The Ventura has a 45-gallon 170-liter fuel tank. There is a charge to fill the tank for you.

Do not overfill it
6 gallons per 1/8th
11 gallons per 1/4
17 gallons per 3/8
22 gallons per 1/2
28 gallons per 5/8
34 gallons per 3/4


Take a picture of Garmin screen
Home -> Info -> Trips & Graphs -> Trip  There you will see Odometer around 725 miles and Moving Time 77:41 hours:minutes
These are required for the BoatSetter Check-in and check-out procedures.


Fuel must be topped off after use at North Wharf Fueling 1 Dock St. Edgartown 508-627-5050
Fuel is open when the Shell flag is up or Google for hours.
Take a picture of the Engine Hours before and after your rental and the fuel receipt These are required for the BoatSetter Check-in and check-out procedures.

Bringing the boat in is much more difficult. You need to go VERY SLOW but also not let the wind or current grab you. Put the boat into neutral and get the speed down enough so it can be stopped by hand. We are talking a slow crawl. Aim the boat for the widest opening you can. Be aware of current and wind causing drift. When you can, put the boat into neutral and grab ahold of something and use that to pull the boat into the slip. The wooden bulkhead opposite the berths is a great place to stop and gather yourself and then pull yourself in.


Securing the boat

See pictures below

The bow lines cross to the far cleats. Attach to the lower aft part of the hole in the cleat. The hook should not dig into the boat.

Put the Starboard Stern fender on the boat and clip it in place. The short part goes to stern.

Get the black spring line and put the blue stern line onto the aft vertical of the port cleat. The black spring line hook goes onto the aft vertical part of the starboard bow cleat.

Remove all gear and do your final checklist

Before you turn off the motor

[1] Take a picture of Fuel Guage and Garmin 

Take a picture of the fuel guage and of the Garmin Engine and Trip & Hours located at this location on the screen
Home -> Info -> Trips & Graphs -> Trip  There you will see Odometer around 725 miles and Moving Time 77:41 hours:minutes
These are required for the BoatSetter Check-in and check-out procedures.

[2] Take a picture of any damage

[3] Take a picture of the boat properly tied up to

[4] Text all the pictures to 401-575-0328

Complete the Check-Out Boatsetter form and send to 401-575-0328

Turn Off the Motor

1) Straighten the engine and then raise it  to about 10″ from the rollers. Make sure the cables are not pinched and then raise until the Island Sports rack pads start to roll over

2) Turn off the battery

3) Cover the Garmin

4) Place the key back into the key vault and place into the port dashboard locker

5) Step off the boat

6) Tension the black spring line at the wharf piling by clipping the intermediate clip into the loop that goes around the piling. The aft starboard corner of the boat should now be right at the piling and the bow about three feet from the dock.

DON’T FORGET – Place any extra life jackets back into the toolshed to the left on the upper nails. Return the keys to the  WordLock Key lock box


Wash the boat with the available hose. We do not have people available to wash the boat. (as of 6/2024 there was no hose yet)


401-575-0328 by text or support@captainmorsehouse.com


Pick whichever format works best for you, JPG or PDF.
This form must be completed at the dock. Please also send the pictures along with the form.


Dear Boston Whaler Renter

Congratulations on reading our manual. Now please take the following exam.

Seamanship and Boating Experience Exam

Copy and paste this exam into the APPs messaging and then answer the questions


1) I take all the lines off of the dock. True or False

2) I use the motor alone to go in and out of the slip. True or False

3) I have rights over the ferry. True or False

4) When done raise the engine until it stops. True or False

5) I can anchor anywhere I want in Caleb’s Pond. True or False

6) I can run at full speed anywhere I want. True or False

7) I need to care for this boat as if it was my own and leave it in better condition than I found it. True or False

8) I can operate at full speed at any time.  True or False

9) I can operate slowly in 3′ of more of water. True or False

MULTIPLE CHOICE – list the correct answers, for example 13,15,19

What do you do if you lose power in the boat and are drifting towards shore?
10) Wait until you drift ashore onto the rocks before setting an anchor
11) Set an anchor when you are within 100 feet of shore
12) Call the owner and then the harbor master for help
13) Raise the engine until it is 10″ from foam rollers
14) Abandon Ship
15) Scream at passing boats

Thank you for taking our test