7 Jul 2021
Clint Sumlin had the idea of a boat rental business in Demopolis for several years. He shared this idea with his good friends, Jeb and Niki Bailey, who thought it would be a good side deal.
Sumlin is a Drug Task Force commander and Jeb Bailey, the battalion fire chief in Demopolis. Niki Bailey also works full time, but together the trio decided to open Back Water Boat Rentals to make it possible for people who don’t own boats to enjoy the rivers around Demopolis.
Back Water Boat Rentals held an inaugural Wednesday at Kingfisher Bay Marina despite the rain. The company offers 22-foot pontoon boats that can accommodate up to 11 people. Sumlin said all safety equipment is provided, including adult life jackets. Parents should provide theirs to young children.
He said no license is required in Alabama to rent a boat. After a brief instruction on safety and operations, the signed rental agreement serves as a license.
The rental fee per day is $ 350 and, like car rental, users must fill the gas tank or pay for the fuel after use.
Back Water Boat Rentals is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., although, Sumlin said, owners can be flexible if renters need to come earlier or stay on the water later.