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Rent a Motorboat for Your Upcoming Weekend Plans

Written by Boatsetter Team
July 30, 2020

Imagine speeding through the calm, clear waters of the Caribbean with the wind in your hair, sunglasses on, and droplets of fresh ocean spray breaking pleasantly over your boat. When you rent a motorboat through Boatsetter, you can really enjoy the boating lifestyle and live like a movie star when you are out on the water. We have a wide range of motorboat charters that you can choose in some of the world’s most exotic locations. Just browse through our fleet, choose the type of motorboat you like, and then choose where you want to go. You will soon be enjoying the amazing boating lifestyle that you have always dreamed about.

What to Expect when you Rent a Motorboat

First, a bit of background: what exactly is a motorboat? It is basically a boat powered primarily by a motor, as opposed to a sailboat, which might also have a motor but its main source of power comes from the wind. There are lots of different types of boat motors, including inboard and outboard motors, and just like in cars, there is a huge range of options when it comes to choosing how powerful the motor is, whether it operates on diesel or regular fuel, etc. 

More specifically, a speedboat is a kind of streamlined motorboat that generally has deep v-shaped hulls to powerfully cut through waves. These boats are ideal for ocean conditions that are rougher than usual. Bigger motor cruisers are usually designed more for leisure trips, and these types of boats can drastically vary in size, with some motor cruisers featuring two or three sleeping rooms as well as a full kitchen and large bathroom facilities. 

Being constantly surrounded by water is something you will need to get used to when you rent a motorboat. You have to learn to handle the impact of waves or other wakes that may be in the water, and you also have to be aware of submerged logs or sandbars that can damage your motorboat charter. One of the most important things is that if you’re traveling parallel to waves, the boat will rock from side to side quite a lot. A good way to reduce this rocking is to cut across the waves at about a 45-degree angle. Keep in mind that most activities will be more difficult on a motorboat. Even if you are floating on a calm bay, the boat will always sway quite a lot, so try to get everything you need to be prepared as much as possible before you even get on the boat.

Also, since your boat rental will be a lot more powerful than most of the other boats that are not powered by a motor, you need to know when to give way and when to stay on course if you encounter other boats on the water. It is a good idea to refer to some of the local rules and regulations about right of way in the water. It is not a good idea to have phones and other expensive equipment on the deck, because the motorboat can lurch at any time and things that are not secured can easily fall overboard and sink very quickly. If you have to have these things with you, rather store them downstairs in one of the cabins and only bring them up on deck if you really have to.

When you rent a motorboat, you need to take all of these factors into account before simply turning the key and heading off into the open water. Long before you get on board, you need to be sure you understand how the boat operates and also how the motors work. Do you know what to do in case of an emergency? Do you have enough of the right kind of fuel onboard? These are just a few of the things to consider when you rent a motorboat. Again, it is a good idea to refer to a list of some of the local rules and regulations that apply when it comes to operating any type of boat in the location that you choose.

You always want to be safe when you are on the water, but this is especially true when you are operating a motorboat. BoatUS is one of the leading authorities when it comes to safe boater education and certification across the United States and Canada. Before renting a motorboat, it is a good idea to take an online boat safety course and exam. You can sometimes get their official boater education card or boating license online in just a few hours. Also, spend some time going through our special list of safety guidelines that will help you enjoy smooth sailing while you are at sea.

Operating the Boat

After you have learned more about your motorboat rental, you can start actually operating the boat. This is where it really starts getting fun. There is nothing like firing up a 37 ft Sea Ray Luxury Sport Yacht and speeding into the cool waters off Miami Beach. A motorboat rental like this is ideal for a memorable day out on the water with friends and family. Generally, large motorboats like this have spacious cockpit areas and plenty of seating for everybody on board. Some boats even feature kitchens, bars, luxurious cabins, and full bathrooms, so you can easily spend days at sea without even realizing that you are there.

With motorboats, you sometimes have the option of including equipment like paddleboards, kayaks, or inflatable tubes with your rental. These types of things are really good to have when you are sailing through calm waters that allow you and your friends to enjoy watersports activities as much as possible. Be sure to choose a boat that fits your needs if you plan to do any of these activities.

Get More out of Your Motorboat Charter

When you rent a motorboat, you really want to make the most of your time on the water. In addition to some of the activities we mentioned above, you may want to try your hand at snorkeling, diving, or big game fishing. It is always a good idea to bring plenty of cameras onboard so that you can record all of the amazing experiences you have on your motorboat charter. Again, be sure to keep these devices safe on board so that they don’t fall into the water!

There has never been a time when it has been so easy to rent a motorboat to help make some of your sailing dreams come true. Use the boat to rush out into the waves of the open ocean, or simply to cruise along a calm lake or river. Get together a bunch of your best friends, head over to Boatsetter and start choosing the type of motorboat charter that will be best for you. You will be so glad you did!

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