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Chicago, IL

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Fun and pleasure on a spacious and luxurious yatch

4 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 7 passengers

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Big Boat with plenty of social distancing space!

4 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 9 passengers

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Chicago Scenic Yacht Charters

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 6 passengers

Chicago, IL

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Sunrise

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 6 passengers

Chicago, IL

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We live it, you’ll love it!

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 4 passengers

Chicago, IL

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CHICAGO FIVE-0H! The best party boat on the Lake!

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 7 passengers

Chicago, IL

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Chicago at it's finest aboard the 46' Great Laker

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 6 passengers

Chicago, IL

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Gorgeous 40 foot Sea Ray - killer sound system!

4 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 12 passengers

Chicago, IL

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50' Luxury Tiara Yacht - up to 6

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 6 passengers

Chicago, IL

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50' Luxury Yacht. Playpen, River cruises up to 12

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers

Chicago, IL

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Big Boat with plenty of social distancing space!

4 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 9 passengers

Chicago, IL

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51' Sea Ray Sundancer powerboat in Burnham harbor

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 7 passengers
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Find the perfect boat

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Select a captain

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Connect with your boat owner and complete your booking online.

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Set sail

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Why Boatsetter?

As the global leader in peer-to-peer boat rentals, Boatsetter offers an easy, safe and accessible way to experience on-the-water adventure. With boat rentals in 600+ locations, finding a boat is easy and with the option to tap into the largest network of USCG licensed captains, boating experience is not required.

Why Boatsetter?

Get out on the water worry-free, knowing our insurance covers every boating trip

Choosing the right boat rental platform is essential to your peace of mind while on the water. That's why we've gone the extra mile to focus on safety through our exclusive partnership with GEICO Marine and BoatUS. As the first and only boat rental marketplace to offer insurance on every peer-to-peer rental, you are protected during all rentals with insurance coverage and on-water assistance through TowBoatUS.

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Frequently asked questions

What makes Boatsetter different from other boat rental platforms?

What makes Boatsetter different is peace of mind. Boatsetter is the first and only boat rental marketplace to offer insurance on every peer-to-peer boat rental. We know choosing the right boat rental platform is essential to your experience while on the water. That's why we've gone the extra mile to focus on safety through our exclusive partnership with GEICO Marine and BoatUS. As the first and only boat rental marketplace to offer insurance on every peer-to-peer rental, you are protected during all rentals with insurance coverage and on-water assistance through TowBoatUS.

How to rent a boat on Boatsetter?

At Boatsetter, our mission is to make getting out on the water as easy as possible. With our intuitive booking system, you can rent a boat as soon as today.

-First, you must determine your budget and the type of boat you want to rent.

-Next, decide where you would like to boat and the kind of boat you would like to spend the day on.

-Finally, determine if you will be needing a boat captain and reach out to the boat owner.

That’s it! You’re officially on your way to a fantastic day out on the water.

How much does it cost to rent a boat?

The cost to rent a boat depends on whether you are renting for a half-day or a full day, the boat features and the boat size can impact your boat rental price. Rental prices can range from $200 to $1,000 plus depending on the boat rental itself and the length of time of the rental.

How many people can fit on the boat rental?

The number of people who can fit on boat rental largely depends on the boat’s size and how many life jackets are on board. Currently the coast guard allows a maximum of 10-12 people on a Boatsetter boat rental.

How much does it cost to rent a yacht?

The cost of renting a yacht depends on the boat’s size and the amount of time you’ll use the yacht. The onboard amenities and luxurious accommodations also dictate the price. You can contact our yacht specialists for a custom quote by visiting https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters.

How old do you have to be to rent a boat?

You must be 18 years old to rent a captained boat and 25 years old if you would like to rent a bareboat charter.

Do I need a boating license to rent a boat?

Boating license requirements vary from state to state. As a renter, you are responsible for understanding local state requirements.

Can you rent a yacht for the day?

Boatsetter allows you to rent a yacht for the day. Single-day yacht rentals are available for a select number of yachts. To chat with a yacht specialist please visit https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters.

Can you rent a yacht for the week?

Boatsetter allows its customers to rent a yacht for the week. Renting a yacht for a week gives you more access to the wide range of yachts available on our platform. You can either book a rental directly through the site or connect with one of our charter specialists to plan your trip here: https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters.

Can you rent a yacht for the month?

Booking a month-long yacht rental is a detailed and hands-off process when working with our team of yacht charter specialists. We tailor each yacht charter to our client's specific wants and needs. Our luxury yacht charter specialists can be reached at (954) 715-4114 or by visiting https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters.

How to rent a private yacht?

Renting a private yacht is a very detailed experience that caters to your exact needs while onboard one of our luxury yachts. To plan your private yacht rentals experience please visit https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters.

How much does it cost to rent a pontoon boat?

The cost of renting a pontoon boat depends on the size, location, and rental time of the boat. Prices can range anywhere from $200 for a half-day rental or just under a $1,000 for longer rentals.

How much does it cost to charter a yacht?

The cost to charter a yacht varies depending on the boat size and the length of the charter. Prices typically range from less than $1,000 to $5,000 plus if you’re wanting to charter the yacht overnight.

How much does it cost to rent a boat for the day?

The cost of renting a boat for the day on average ranges from $200 to $1200. The cost to rent a boat varies depending on the size of the boat and the length of time that you will be using the boat.

How does the boat insurance work?

Boat insurance typically covers loss caused by things such as fire, sinking, storms, and collisions. The extent of the coverage varies depending on the policy.

Do I need my own insurance to rent a boat?

You do not need boat insurance when renting with Boatsetter. Coverage is provided under the Peer-to-Peer Boat Rental Policy, which is underwritten by GEICO Marine Insurance Company. The policy was written from the ground up as a stand-alone recreational boat rental insurance policy covering the period of time that the boat is being rented and is available for all non-commercially insured boats.

Does Boatsetter screen renters?

Yes. We use a system called Cognito to ensure that payment information matches the renter's identity. We also require renters taking out a captained boat to be at least 18 years old and on a bareboat to be at least 25 years old.

Is listing my boat on Boatsetter free?

Yes! Listing a boat is completely free. We only take a commission when your boat is rented. We only make money when you do!

What if I'm not comfortable having a renter drive my boat?

If you are not comfortable having a renter drive your boat, we have an expansive network of licensed and experienced captains. Once your boat is listed, you can filter through our network of captains and favorite captains in your area that you would like to operate your boat.


Chicago’s Most Popular Water Experiences

Being a bustling city, there is no shortage of things to do in Chicago on your boat rental, which carries on into its surrounding waters. Here are three of our favorite things to do when renting a boat in Chicago to give you an idea of what to expect.

Gaze Skywards at the Towering Architecture
Taking a rental boat down the Chicago River is perhaps the best way to do the city. Fit this in at the start or end of your stay in Chicago so you can get some ideas on what you want to see in greater detail or use it to reflect upon what you saw during your stay.

Watch the Sun Set Upon the Skyline
As the evening begins to encroach, take the boat a good distance away from the city. With the sun setting from the west behind the city, you’ll be able to see it softly glamour in between the city as it gently falls.

Finish your Day with Waterfront Fireworks
Once the sun has set take your Chicago boat rental a little bit closer to Navy Pier, where the Chicago River meets the lake. Every Wednesday and Saturday evening, a great display is put on, illuminating the city skyline by night - what better way to see it than from the lake?

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Cruise the Chicago River in Style

Ease your way down the Chicago River slowly in your Chicago boat rental and take in the stunning architecture as you make your way around. The three-pronged river allows you plenty of options to enjoy an afternoon navigating its waters on your Chicago boat rental. Sit back, drink a coffee, and enjoy.

Make Your Way Around Navy Pier

Navy Pier is the epicenter of boating in Chicago. Take your rental in a loop around the pier and wave across to the people looking on the shore. It is also the best spot to sail around Chicago at night, with the pier illuminated

Head South to Jackson Park

There’s a good chance you pick up your rental boat from the marina at Jackson Park, and if not, it’s still worth going down to this area of Chicago’s waterfront to take in the views. It’s one of the best spots for sailing in Lake Michigan.

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Top boat rental reviews in Chicago, IL

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  • 5/5 stars

    Terry and Vanessa are amazing! Always quick to respond and answer questions, and gave plenty of details prior to our...

    Laura

    Sep 2020
  • 5/5 stars

    Fantastic experience! Chris was easy to book with and we had a wonderful ride. Can’t wait to do it again next year!

    Stephanie

    Sep 2020
  • 5/5 stars

    Terry and Vanessa were amazing!! They went over and above to ensure we had an amazing time! We will definitely be...

    Chelsea

    Sep 2020
  • 5/5 stars

    This was an amazing experience. The boat was clean and comfortable. Chris made sure all of our questions were...

    Mandisa

    Sep 2020
  • 5/5 stars

    We had a phenomenal time celebrating on Chris’s boat. It was clean and Chris was welcoming as he checked us in. We...

    Chivon

    Sep 2020

  • Captain Carlos and Tiffany was amazinggggggggggg. Words can’t even describe their hospitality and kindness. Book them!

    Cedrinna

    Sep 2020

  • Great trip!!!
    Jim was excellent!!!

    RAMEGOWDA

    Sep 2020
  • 5/5 stars

    amazing boat! great time!

    francesca

    Sep 2020
  • 5/5 stars

    Great experience! Awesome boat - highly recommend!

    Lauren

    Sep 2020
  • 5/5 stars

    My friends and I had the absolute best time!! Big Blue is a beautiful yacht with an AWESOME sound system. Plenty of...

    Blair

    Aug 2020
  • 5/5 stars

    We had a great time and Terry and Vanessa were terrific. Personable and friendly always concerned with our safety...

    Colleen

    Aug 2020
  • 5/5 stars

    Terry and Vanessa are fantastic hosts and made our entire family feel very welcome. The yacht itself was perfect for...

    Sameer

    Aug 2020

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