The next time you’re planning activities for a vacation or weekend away, why not add in a boating experience or two? If you’re new to the destination, boating is a great way to check out the local scenery from the unique perspective of the water. If you are familiar with your destination, you might just discover a new attraction, hobby or water sport.
That all sounds great, you say, but what if you don’t actually own a boat? No worries. There are plenty of marinas that offer boats for rent
. Another option that is fairly new is boat sharing. Boat sharing works very similar to a traditional marina boat rental
, but you’re renting from a private boat owner.
Choosing a Boat Rental Service
Whether you rent from a traditional marina or go with the new and super convenient concept of boat sharing, you’ll want to choose a quality boat rental service
provider. We’ve compiled a few tips to get you started.
Find out if the boat is located at a marina or at an inland area such as a business or residence. If it’s at a marina, you’ll be able to jump in, take off and go. If it’s on land, you’ll need to trailer the boat to your destination. You could also arrange to meet the owner at a marina if your vehicle doesn't have a hitch. Each scenario has its own advantages and disadvantages. It all depends on where you want to boat and how long you’ll be out.
Find out exactly when and where you are to pick up the boat and return it. This is where boat sharing comes in handy. When dealing with a private owner, you can negotiate things like length of time. If it’s a traditional marina rental, there will be a set time frame for renters to abide by. If there’s a lengthy no wake zone around the marina, you’ll want to figure that into your time frame.
Insurance and registration
Always make sure that any boat you rent, whether from a marina or a private owner, is fully insured and has the proper registration. Boat sharing sites such as Boatsetter and Boatbound pre-screen every boat, owner and renter.
Proper safety equipment and gear
Make sure that there are enough life jackets for everyone on board the boat. Other items that are essential on a boat include a first aid kit, flares, a tool box and navigational equipment. The boat rental company should have all of these items on board.