Good questions to ask your charter boat captain

Hiring a licensed boat captain to navigate your time on the water can make the day enjoyable and stress-free for your whole group. Experienced boat captains will know where to go for the best fishing, diving, snorkeling and sightseeing. They also have years of experience and are trained to react in the case of an emergency. As with anything, it’s always a good idea to ask a few important questions to make sure you are all on the same boat. We mean that figuratively as well as literally. What time do you need to be at the boat to leave? This is one of the most important questions to ask. Many charter fishing and sightseeing trips are on a tight schedule. If you show up late … well, you’ve missed the boat. Is the trip refundable if you need to cancel or there are unforeseen weather conditions? This is probably the second most important question to ask your boat captain. You can never fully count on the weather to cooperate. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to boats, water and bad weather. What is included in the cost of the trip? It’s important to find out if you need to bring your own bait, tackle, snorkeling gear or any other items. In many cases, fishing gear and water sports equipment are stocked on the boat. It’s always good to ask just in case. If it’s an all day trip, find out if the boat will be stopping anywhere where you can buy lunch. Some day trips might stop at fun and funky beach bars where you can hang out with frosty drinks and tropical tunes. That would, of course, not be included in the price of the charter. What type of fishing charter is it? If you’re arranging a fishing charter, find out if the captain is going offshore for sport fish or staying inshore for casual angling. You don’t want to get into more than you can handle if you’re expecting a casual day of casting lines and you end up in blue water fighting tuna and swordfish. New experiences are always nice, but seasickness and sore muscles can be more than you bargained for. What facilities are on board the boat? You may want to know if the boat has a head, or bathroom, before embarking on an adventure of more than a couple of hours. This is especially important when traveling with children. There is a new option in boat rental that offers a private boating experience even to those who have no boating experience. With Boatsetter, you can rent a boat of any size, style or model and get out on the water with or without a licensed captain. It's as simple as choosing your boating locale, selecting a boat and setting the date! For those with no experience (or those who would just prefer to relax), a Boatsetter captain is there to handle all the logistics. When the ocean's calling, be sure to check out Boatsetter with thousands of boats to choose from and a private boating experience that won't soon be forgotten.  


3 responses to “Good questions to ask your charter boat captain”

  1. Avatar Burt Silver says:

    These are some great questions that you shared for what to ask a boat captain. My wife and I are wanting to take a boat out on the water with the kids this summer. We aren’t sure if we want to rent our own boat but we’re leaning on that so that we can enjoy the flexibility of our own time.

  2. Avatar Ellie Davis says:

    Thank you for pointing out that you should find out if you need to bring your own bait. My husband and I are wanting to go on a boat charter and need to find the right one for us. I’ll have to look into finding a great charter in my area.

  3. It’s great that you mentioned it’s important to ask about a boat captain license. My wife and I want to get away for the weekend, and we were thinking about renting a boat or joining a boat tour. We love the sea, and we’ve never been on a boat before, so we’re researching tips for it. We appreciate your information about what to look for in a boat rental.

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