About Us

Southport Boat Rentals is focused on sharing the natural beauty of our area to help spread knowledge and promote good stewardship of the marine environment. By showing the public what the waters of  the Cape Fear region have to offer, we are investing in the protection of the marine habitat for generations.

We are using our years of boating experience to help people get on the water and enjoy our natural resources. Our commitment to the waters of our area are only matched by our passion to have fun and boat safe. We offer Daily Tours on our 40ft 28 passenger Tour Boat. We also have a fleet of 21ft Carolina Skiffs available for rent to experienced boaters.

All the Captains at Southport Boat Rentals are licensed US Coast Guard Captains and we take our jobs very seriously. We also like to have a good time and believe that being safe and having fun go hand in hand.

The Owners (Robert and Eli) were neighbors growing up in downtown Southport 2 blocks away from the boat docks. They have a lifetime of local knowledge and are happy to share their experiences of growing up on the water in Southport.

If ever you have a question, we are available around the clock to help you have as much fun as possible while on the water. With the easy access to so many places from one of our boats, it’s the only way to travel and see the hidden gems that no land lubber from Ashore will ever see.

The Knowledge And Company Experience You Can Always Trust

Capt. Eli Bostic

Capt. Eli Bostic

Captain Eli Bostic is here to help you have a good time. He currently holds a Master Captains license and has been boating around Southport most of his life. He is also an accomplished sailor and has Sailed the entire East Coast from Florida to Maine. He has been around the water his whole life and loves sharing his knowledge with others. “Boating is a great way to forget about the stresses of life, and have a little fun.” says Eli. If u want a Captain with real local knowledge, this is the guy for you.
Captain Robert Frankenfield
Hard work and dedication are the two words that come to mind when describing Robert. Growing up in Southport and Oak Island, Robert became an expert Waterman in all aspects. Robert currently holds a US Coast Guard Masters License. He can tell you when the fish will be biting, and how to get them in the boat. He also knows the best places to get buckets full of clams and might just tell you where to get them if you ask him.