Top 10 Tips for Your First Boat Rental

Written by Boatsetter Team
December 22, 2017

Last Updated on September 1, 2023 by Boatsetter Team

If boating is your goal but you’ve never tried it, these ten tips will get you started. Jump ahead to #1 and you’ll find our most important tip: the best way to get out on the water as a newbie is to book boat rentals with a Coast Guard-licensed captain (no experience required).

Top 10 Tips for Your First Time Boat Rental

10) Overdress! Of course boating is almost always a casual affair so high heels can be left onshore. However, the temps and weather conditions can change quickly. A hat, an extra layer or even a dry set of clothes can come in handy when the boating adventure is going down.

9) Protect yourself from the sun! The sun is more powerful as it is reflected on the water and nothing will ruin your boat rental more than a painful sunscreen or, even worse, sun poisoning. Hats, buffs and sunscreen are all key components. (Oh and be sure to reapply the sunscreen frequently.)

8) Safety First Always! Many, many posts can be (and have been) written on this topic but any tip list would be remiss to not touch upon boating safety. At a high level, all safety equipment should be confirmed to be onboard and in working order before setting sail. All boating regulations should be carefully followed and alcohol should never be consumed by anyone operating a boat.

7) Don’t Over pack  So, bring the key essentials on your boat rental but don’t use up all your (often tight) boat relaxation space with coolers, bags and the kitchen sink. (Reason number two against over packing: unpacking when the day is done. Enough said?)

6) Don’t Under pack Finding the balance of what to bring along on boat rentals is the key. Extra water, extra non-perishable snacks and extra hats or towels…all examples where more is better!

5) Take a water & boating safety course The US Coast Guard provides safety courses in boating areas across the country and many are free. This is a great way to make sure all safety issues are covered and ensure a positive boat rental experience.

4) Shoes off, por favor It sounds like a trivial request to the non-boater; but soles scuff clean boats. The best way to show your lack of boating chops…get on the boat with shoes!

3) Take time to enjoy the sunset Unplug, kick back, set sail and plan your day around “saying goodbye” to the sun. Sunsets onboard a boat always deliver.

2) #Jump In Jump in the ocean! (Did we really need to say that?) Cruising around the local waterways during your boat rental is awesome but take some time to immerse yourself in those salty waters and you’re boating fun goes to next level status.

1) Rent a boat with a captain If you are a newbie boater, you can still have a boating experience that’s tailor-made for you and your crew. Leave the group tour boats behind and book your boat rental with a captain from Boatsetter. No experience needed.

Whether you’re a first time boater or old-pro, Boatsetter is a great option to head out for a boat rental adventure. Boatsetter has 3,500 boat rentals to choose from in locations worldwide. All Boatsetter boat rentals include the best insurance available in the marketplace, free 24 hour cancellation, attentive customer service and the option to include a Coast Guard-licensed captain.

Ready to set sail? Check out the many boat rental options today!

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