O’ Captain, My Captain – Tips for Captaining Your Own Boat Charter
So, you’ve got 20 years of experience with boats of all sizes, owned a boat since you were old enough to drive a car and maybe even made a career out it…you don’t need a captain to join you on your boat charter.
Let’s double check on that: are you sure you don’t want a Captain to join you on your boat charter? Captains (as you already know) do a lot to make any boat rental fun, relaxing and logistically seamless, such as:
- Locals Only: They are intimate with the waterways in which they operate. They know the good spots for snorkeling, can guide you to locals-only dockside dining locations and might even have a line on where the fish have been biting lately.
- Amp up the Enjoyment: If you’d like to relax with your wife, your friends, or your work colleagues and have that chilled glass of an adult-only beverage…you can. The Captain’s on the job, not you!
- Wrapping it all up: At the end of the boating day, everyone’s tired, sun-kissed and probably ready to relax. When the Captain’s on duty, all the last minute details are taken care of, by someone else.
Made your mind up? Yep, you know it; you’ve considered the above and you’re still sure about manning your own boat. Of course, with the correct amount of boating experience and a clean driving record, most boat chartering companies will allow you to select boats that can be captained by the renter.
Tips for Piloting Your Own Boat Charter
Heading out on your boat charter without a captain? Here’s some tips to help you as you set your course:
- Do your homework: All waterways are different and gaining a little insight in advance will help you prevent accidents and allow you to enjoy your boat charter to its fullest potential. Just google it, you’ll be glad you did!
- Map it: You may know exactly where you’re headed (or not) but either way, it just makes sense to bring along a map of the area. Better safe than sorry and if a change of course is needed, you’ll be prepared.
- Let Tech Help: There are quite a few apps out there for boat captains. They can be used as tools for dealing with the weather, boat ramps, fishing tips, marine charts and more. Be sure to have a backup plan…as much as we love it, technology doesn’t always perform the way it’s supposed to.
- You’re in Charge: As the Captain, you’re in charge of the boat, the safety of the passengers and the basically everything! At the end of the charter, you’ll need to refuel the boat and get it back to its original state. There are usually Check In & Check Out Documents that the charter company requires…yep, this will be up to you too.
No matter whether you’ve decided to go out on your boat charter with a Captain to take care of all the logistics while you relax and enjoy the ride or chosen the option of taking the helm and “do it yourself”… there’s no doubt you’re going to have a great time on the boat charter. If you do go it alone, a few extra steps will make everything go smoothly. Any boat captains out there? Share your tips with us….we just may need your help!