Renting a Boat: What to Look For
Interested in knowing what to look for when renting a boat? There are many boat renting agencies and just as many rules about who may and may not rent a boat. Being aware of the rules is key to your success in renting a boat.
- Decide if you want to go bareboating (piloting the boat yourself) or if you need to rent a captain. Not everyone will be qualified to pilot their own boat. Check if someone in your group has seamanship skills, or you may have to rent a captain when renting a boat, a more expensive proposition. Ask the boat renting agency what the qualifications are if you want to captain the boat yourself and make sure that you are able to provide a safe experience for yourself and others while on the water.
- Decide on the type of boat you want to rent. If you're going fishing for the day with four friends, a twenty-five foot open fisherman will fit the bill. But if you want to buzz around a Caribbean island and snorkel at your own whim, a speed boat with a swim platform will be more in line with your wants and needs.
- Decide on the price you want to pay. Most boat rental companies stand pretty firm to their pricing, as there might not be a lot of competition. Bargaining down in price might not be an option. Depending on the area, boats may go for as little as $300 for a day or up to thousands of dollars. Make sure to factor in the cost of fuel also, since boats can really eat gas up.
- Decide on how long you want the boat for. Renting a boat for four hours or so is one thing, but considering a boat to live aboard for a week vacation and you're in another ballpark. Also, if you're planning on a weekly boat rental, a houseboat may be more in line monetarily and functionally with your needs.
Posted on: Jun. 10, 2010