Private New York City Boat Rentals offer Alternatives to Traditional Boat Tours

Written by Boatsetter Team
December 12, 2017

Historic landmarks, architectural wonders and a stunning skyline are all reasons to travel to New York City. Renting a boat in New York City is an amazing way to see the city skyline, get up close to the landmarks and relax with friends and family while enjoying the unique vantage point that only a boat can offer. Walking tours just aren’t the same. The views just don’t compare to what you’ll take in when you’re out on a boat?

New York City Boat Rental Activities

While we, as a group admittedly smitten with all things related to boats, maybe a bit biased about the lure of boats, it’s undeniable that they do offer an experience to remember. That being said, we don’t recommend taking just any old boat tour you come across. You can avoid the crowds and hassles of traditional boat tours by renting a boat and hiring a private captain to navigate your day on the water. New York City boat rentals allow you and your group to plan your own personalized New York City boating experience.

Here are a few ideas to get you started with planning a boat trip around NYC:

Statues and landmarks
Enjoy views of the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Governors Island from the deck of a 30-foot Maxum cruiser. Seating for six, onboard cooking, enclosable head, air conditioning and shade mean your whole group can spend the day in comfort and relaxation. Just sit back and let your captain point out the places of interest.

Sunset Sails
A classic multi-masted sailing schooner makes a romantic choice for a sunset sail around New York City. Sip champagne as you enjoy soft music and the twinkling lights of the city skyline.

Skylines and architecture
Choose a luxury yacht for a day of cruising past the urban skylines and dramatic architecture of New York City. Sites to see from the water include the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and Coney Island as well as Manhattan, Brooklyn and the rest of the New York City boroughs.

Fishing and water sports
Rent a center console to spend the day fishing for Northern Pike, Striped Bass and Atlantic Sturgeon on the Hudson River. An experienced captain can take you to all of the best fishing spots and may even share an insider fishing tip or two. Rent a Bayliner Cruiser for a day of waterskiing and wakeboarding on the Hudson River or Lake Mahopac.

Dining by boat is a truly memorable experience, and New York City has a variety of scenic waterfront restaurants. The River Café, a city favorite since 1977, is actually located beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. You can watch New York Harbor boat traffic as you dine on organic chicken, lamb and sea bass in an elegant atmosphere. The Pier 66 Maritime Bar and Grill is moored at Pier 66 on a floating railroad barge. Looking for a great spot to catch the sunset and share cocktails on a summer evening? Try the West 79th Street Boat Basin Cafe.

New York City is a magical place to visit and taking in the sights by boat is the best way to amp up the experience.  Boatsetter, the industry leader for rental of privately owned boats and yachts, offers options for visitors to the Big Apple. Renting a boat in New York City is as simple as booking your hotel room, just choose a boat, set the dates and make your plans. Start browsing now!


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