Boat Rental Services 101: What is Boat Sharing?
If you’re looking to rent a boat for an afternoon out on the water, you’re bound to come across boat rental services (or boat sharing services)— people offering their personal boats for a price per hour (similar to homes offered as a stay).
In the past, people would buy a boat and use it every now and again and have it sit idly all the other days. Boat sharing changed this. Today boat owners are maximizing their investment in boating by renting it out on non-boating days. Boat sharing might be relatively new still, but it’s rising in popularity with boating rental services like Boatsetter, which has 50,000 owners on its platform.
Boatsetter is the top boat-rental community, with many boats available for rent in popular locations. People interested in recreational boating can search by
- Location – Near your home or stay. You may also search by body of water (lakes, bays, rivers, etc.)
- Boat type – Pontoon, bowriders, sailboats, yachts
- Price per hour
- Experience – Party, fishing charters, etc.
For adventurers new to boating, there are boats available with a captain. Some are available for qualified renters to skipper (or operate) themselves. Over a couple thousand are finding that boat sharing the perfect opportunity to get out on the water.
Since Boatsetter was founded in 2012, more than 500,000 first-time boaters have used the service. They’re boating experiences to be had by Boatsetter in over 700 locations worldwide.
The beauty of boat sharing for renters is that it allows you to try all kinds of boating at whatever price point you’re most comfortable with.
Lake day, river runs, sandbar hopping, fishing excursion— and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
They’re available for family outings and special events like bachelor parties, birthdays, and anniversaries. Heck! Others are even equipped for wakeboarding and other watersports! Renters have the benefit of trying it all!
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Boat sharing can also be a great way to shop for a boat, too! You try boating at your own pace, educate yourself about how multiple brands are built, and see how various features can make or break your on-the-water experience (say, a 25-footer compared to a 28-footer). Taking a boat out on the water for a few hours gives you a heck of a lot more information than you could ever get at a dealership or a boat show.
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Got more questions about boat sharing? Check out Boatsetter’s “How It Works” guide.
Boatsetter is a unique boat-sharing platform that gives everyone — whether you own a boat or you’re just renting — the chance to experience life on the water. You can list a boat, book a boat, or make money as a captain.