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A Pirates Life For Me: Houseboat Downtown w/ Bikes

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4 guests1 bedroom2 beds1 bath
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The only Corona on our ships is in your yeti cooler (provided)!

Welcome aboard Pirate's Life! 1 of 6 stay-aboard rentals we offer. To view all of our boats click on my Airbnb profile.

Featured on ‘Tiny House Hunters’ & dubbed “Charleston’s Best Airbnb Experience” Pirate's Life was gutted & rebuilt using reclaimed materials, sweat, & love. You'll find her spacious, tranquil, & comfortable. Enjoy morning coffee with dolphins (guaranteed...ish) & evening cocktails overlooking Charleston harbor.

The space
Featured on FYI Network's Tiny House Hunters!

Very spacious houseboat with a vaulted ceiling in the main cabin (living room). Sleeps 3 comfortably. Lots of room to move around with a queen size bed in the Captain's Quarters (Bedroom) and a twin bed in the living room that's a day bed.

FAQ:

Q: Location?
A: Mid-Peninsula Downtown Charleston which is roughly 1.5 - 2 miles to the heart of the historic district. A five minute / $6 Uber away or take the bikes!
The boats are located downtown in a private marina where our 5-6 boats are slipped & only shared with a large mega-yacht that rents the outside slippage 3-4 months out of the year. We rent this slippage from Seabreeze Dry Stack Marina (50 Immigration Street). This accommodation is for people looking for peace and tranquility as the setting of the marina is quiet and secluded. You'll have a stunning view of Charleston Harbor and/or the Ravenel Bridge.

Q: How can I see all of your boats for rent?
A: Click on our Airbnb profile (the round photo) & scroll all the way to the bottom below the aggregated reviews (on Mobile) or look to the left (on Desktop). You’ll see all of our listings - or check them out by clicking the link below:

Listing Page: https://www.airbnb.com/users/1918595/listings

Q: 1 Night Reservations?
A: You can instant book a 1 night rental if it’s the same day as your reservation OR if you see on our calendar that your date fills a 1 night gap. We kindly ask do not instant book for 1 night reservations if your desired date doesn’t fit that criteria - especially on the weekend. We handle 1 night reservations on a case-by-case basis depending on availability but can almost always make it work. We will respond to an inquiry within minutes most times, most of the time immediately.

Q: Is it comfortable?
A: VERY! Our boats are designed with live-aboard / stay-aboard in mind with all the creature comforts of home. Fully stocked kitchens, premium furnishings, updated HVAC, TV, Keurig coffee makers… etc.

Q: Any restaurants close by?
A: TONS! Some of Charleston’s best are within 1-2 miles of the marina.

Q: How to book:
A: If you don’t have any questions after reading over the FAQ below, and your reservation is for 2 nights or more then simply instant book. If you send an inquiry we’ll respond promptly, if not immediately.

Q: Why is the price so different for my dates?
A: Airbnb automatically sets our prices based on demand & seasonality. If you don’t search with exact dates Airbnb shows the lowest price throughout the season. Prices range from $99 per night for weekday day-of bookings in January all the way to $499 per night for weekends during peak season summer and everywhere in-between.

Q: Bathroom… explain!
A: The boat is equipped with an apartment sized (12 gallon) water heater ensuring you get hot water throughout the boat. You'll always have enough hot water to enjoy a 10 - 15 minute shower no different than an apartment. The boat has a full sized marine toilet that is easy to use as long as you follow our simple instructions.

Q: Heat? Air Conditioning?
A: Our boats are equipped with BOTH ample Heat & Air Conditioning. No matter the time of year you can be assured that you will be staying in a climate controlled & comfortable environment.

Q: Can we take the boats out & drive them?
A: No. We don’t carry any insurance for bareboat charters.

Q: Can I check-in earlier than 4 or Checkout later than 11?
A: We will do our best. Most days there’s someone checking in the same day there’s a checkout but we try & go above and beyond if this is requested. There’s a $40 early checkin fee if we can accommodate.

Q: Can we fish from the dock or boats?
A: Absolutely! We ask that you fish either from the side or front of the vessel & stay clear of the props so your line doesn’t get prop/shaft wrapped. Fishing from the dock is also allowed as long as you mind the props of the vessels. You can easily get a fishing license from the DNR online. We operate on the honor system & don’t check for licenses but ask that you support the local DNR & pay the small fee to make it legal. We don’t supply fishing equipment & keep in mind there are no tackle shops in Downtown Charleston. Shrimp from the local grocery store works great.

Q: What to expect that's different than a hotel?
A: It's a boat, it is a unique FUN experience. There may be noises and smells that you'd expect from a boat. Pumps, motors, ocean water, etc. Every boat is broken the day it hits the water, especially salt water. We take great care of our fleet but we expect guests to tell us if anything isn’t working properly & we will PROMPTLY respond & repair.

Q: Waves?
A: The marina has a sea wall which dilutes any waves. We are also lucky enough to be tucked behind Drum Island at the base of the Ravenel Bridge. which dilutes almost all the waves from the harbor. There is still a small amount of wave action and you'll feel a slight rock from time-to-time, mostly from boats passing by who don’t respect the no wake zone (feel free to yell at them & shake your first while doing so). If there's a bad storm the wave action is almost always fully knocked down by the sea wall & the boats don’t move more during a storm compared to a calm day.

Your comfort is our top priority. 99% of the time the marina is almost totally flat and calm. We also keep dramamine on the dock incase anyone experiences sea sickness.

Q: Weather
A: Out of our control. We can’t charge you more when the weather is perfect & we don’t charge you less when Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate.

Rain in the forecast doesn’t effect your stay on our boats any more or less than your stay in a hotel. In fact, if you’re going to be cooped up due to weather you might as well have a waterfront view! Unless a named storm is hitting during your dates weather is not a valid reason to expect a refund or reschedule.

Q: Will you reduce your price?
A: No(ISH)... Maybe, but unlikely. Don’t expect a price reduction unless it’s the slow season & you’re messaging about days within 1-4 days of check-in or you’re looking for a long-term stay in the off season (see next “Q”). If you message us with a booking that somewhat fits the criteria above & tell us a budget we can try & work with you on one of our 6 boats. “Will you reduce the price of a weekend booking a month away” will always be a “no”.

Q: Do you do long-term or monthly rentals?
A: We have done long term rentals in the past. From March 1 - October 30 the boats are rented at a 90% occupancy rate so the monthly rate is only slightly reduced compared to the daily rate (around 20%). From November through February we’re much more flexible depending on length of stay & which vessel you’re interested in. It helps us to know your budget and we can tell you if we have anything that could work.

Q: Smoking?
A: On the outside only & please be responsible. Kindly don’t light the boat on fire.

Q: Do you allow pets?
A: You bet! We ask that dogs not be puppies, don’t scratch at doors, and don’t bark incessantly while you’re away. The boats are close together & a non-stop barking dog isn’t appreciated. We DEEP clean the boats after pets stay aboard due to future guests’ possible allergies so a $75 pet fee is applied for those who travel with pets. If you have a service dog & try to circumvent the pet fee be prepared to present FULL documentation.

Q: Can we hold events or parties?
A: No. This is a place to relax. We ask that there be no events or parties on the boats so the other guests can enjoy their stay.

Q: You charge extra for more than 2 adults, do my kids count?
A: Any child over the age of 13 is considered an adult & needs to be represented in the booking inquiry as an additional guest.

Q: Is the marina safe?
A: VERY. We have 24/7 surveillance & in the 3 years we’ve been here we’ve never had any sort of issue. We share an entrance with the port authority which has a 24/7 guarded gate. You turn into the marina before the guarded gate but it scares off any would-be pests. The parking lot & dock is well lit & the marina is right off East Bay which is one of the main roads in Downtown Charleston. All boats lock from inside & you can padlock the door when you leave if you wish to lock up your belongings. The marina is only us & we’re here daily looking over the fleet.

Q: Handicap accessible?
A: No. You'll need to get on the boat which requires a 1-2' step and there are steps on the boat. The deck stairs are steep and you'll need to be sure footed.

Q: Parking?
A: Yes, you can park your car. Since it’s a small private marina the walk to the parking lot from the boat is only roughly 50-70 yards.

Q: Can I trailer my small boat & side-tie it to the boat I rented?
A: You can bring your boat but it must be arranged with the marina & there’s nowhere to park a trailer. There’s also nowhere close by to slip the boat so do your research on boat landings. The marina will charge you small fee (roughly $40 - $60 nightly) to wet-slip the boat.

Q: Space & Comfort?
A: You'll find the layout of the boat extremely spacious and comfortable. The bed is a Queen (ish) size. Queen with slight modifications to fit the space. The shower is tall and comfortable for anyone 6’4” & under.

Q: I have a non-profit, will you donate a free stay to my gala?
A: I’m sure your cause is worthy, but we get this request far too often so we must decline.

Q: I’m a blogger / photographer / ninja trainer… will you barter?
A: No. Please don’t ask. We don’t pay our slip rent with your blog posts.

Q: Will you partner with my local company or buy my advertising?
A: We get penalized through Airbnb if we don’t respond to all inquiries which means we must respond to your spam. You won’t like our message so don’t send it.

Q: Will this be the best vacation I’ve ever had and should I book now?
A: Without a doubt.

Guest access
You get to park for free as close to the boat as possible - about 50 yards away. There are dock carts if you want to use them to haul your luggage and stuff down the ramp to the boat.

You will get an access code to get onto your boat at the time of your reservation, you use this code to access the boat at any time of the day or night!

Other things to note
1 night rentals: We do them but on a case-by-case basis. Please inquire for 1 night rentals. DO NOT accept instant book for 1 night rentals - we will promptly respond to a reservation request. Most of the time we will respond within minutes.

The bedroom has a queen sized bed. A third person can sleep on the sofa which converts to a twin sized mattress when all pillow are removed.

PETS: Allowed with pre-approval. Nonrefundable pet fee of $75 will be charged. We do not accept pets that fall into the following categories:

No dogs that bark excessively or scratch at doors.

No dogs who attack or chase other dogs as their may be other dogs from other guests.
The only Corona on our ships is in your yeti cooler (provided)!

Welcome aboard Pirate's Life! 1 of 6 stay-aboard rentals we offer. To view all of our boats click on my Airbnb profile.

Featured on ‘Tiny House Hunters’ & dubbed “Charleston’s Best Airbnb Experience” Pirate's Life was gutted & rebuilt using reclaimed materials, sweat, & love. You'll find her spacious, tranquil, & comfortable. Enjoy…

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1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed

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Wi-Fi
Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
Pay TV
Hangers
Laptop-friendly workspace
Iron
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Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Extremely safe and private marina in downtown Charleston. The entrance to the marina is shared with the Port Authority which has a 24/7 guard. There is a train which blocks the road to the marina leading into the port authority but it only comes 1-2X per day. Sometimes it can block the roadway for up to 20 minutes but that is infrequent.
Extremely safe and private marina in downtown Charleston. The entrance to the marina is shared with the Port Authority which has a 24/7 guard. There is a train which blocks the road to the marina leading into…

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You will be given all instructions needed to access the boat for your stay prior to arrival. We are always available to answer any questions or concerns for you, and we do our best to address any individual problems ASAP for you to ensure you have an enjoyable stay! Your satisfaction is our #1 goal!
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House rules
Check-in: After 4:00 pm
Checkout: 11:00 am
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No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Smoking is allowed
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