The world has a completely unique look when seen from the bow of a boat, and a private boat charter
is a wonderful way to experience this aspect of any destination you visit. The next time you travel to a waterfront location such as Miami, San Francisco, San Diego or Annapolis, why not leave the land and venture out into the wild blue yonder on a boat charter?
Boat Charter Tips and Advice
If you’re new to boat charters, or have limited experience with boating, you might be wondering what you can do to make it the best day ever. Well, wonder no more. Whether you’ve hired a captain or you are the captain, here are some tips and advice on how to enhance your boat charter experience so that everybody enjoys the day.
Communicate with the captain
One of the best ways to make your boat charter a success is to communicate with the captain
. Ask questions about what types of gear and equipment are included in the charter. Some charter boats include things like snorkel gear, fishing rods and reels, beverages and snacks and kayaks and paddleboards in the price of the charter. Some don’t include anything, so it’s always a good idea to find out ahead of time. This will let you know what you need to bring along on your boat charter.
Experienced captains usually know the best fishing spots. If the fish aren’t biting where you are, ask if you can pick up and sail to a different location. The same applies to snorkeling and diving.
If you’re renting a private boat
, always return it in the same condition that it was in when you left for the day. Owners are much more likely to approve future rentals when they know that you can be trusted to take care of the boat.
Make it a learning experience
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to operate a boat, now’s your chance. Most boat captains enjoy talking about their trade and can give lots of tips on boat handling. They might even let you take the wheel if you ask nicely. Even if you have boating experience, it’s always handy to get a new perspective.
Take along the tunes
Fill up an iPod or MP3 player with some of your favorite tunes. Let your whole group pick a song or two that they want included on the playlist.
Take it easy and be flexible
Don’t try to schedule too many activities into your itinerary. Half the fun is just enjoying the ride. Make a list of a few things you would like to do
, such as snorkeling, fishing, diving or photographing marine animals, and then leave time open to just sit back and relax. You’ll often find that the best memories come from the unplanned moments.
Renting a boat is easier than ever with the onset of boat sharing. Companies like Boatsetter
, the leading boat sharing company, have created an online community that allows boat owners to rent their privately-owned boats to experienced and novice boaters worldwide.
Here's how it works: the boat owner lists his/her boat for rent; the boater browses boatsetter.com
and chooses the dates and the location of the boat rental. It's pretty much that easy and the best part is that it's a win-win for everyone. The boat owner can offset some of the costs of ownership and the boat renter can live the boat owner lifestyle for a little while! Captains can be included; no boating experience is needed.
Renting a boat is a great way to spend your free time. Headed out on the water soon? Let us know where you're going - we love to connect with other boaters!