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How to Rent a Boat? Proven Tips & Tricks

Boat riding is an excellent way to enjoy the water beauty of nature. Whether you are visiting a lake or coastline, you can create long-lasting memories with a boat.

Hitting the open water is fun as well as exciting. However, for this, you need a boat. Certainly, not everyone can own a boat, but you can always rent. There are many factors you need to consider before you rent a boat.

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Review boat rental companies

Review boat rental companies

You want to enjoy crystal clear water, fishing and wildlife and other boating adventures. How will you find the right boat rentals? Of course, by searching and comparing different boat rental companies in the region, you are planning to visit. You can take referrals or search on the internet. While selecting rental operators, consider a few things, like – the rating of the boat rental operators, reviews given by previous customers, prices for full or half day rental.

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Size of the boat

Size of the boat

Whether you are traveling with family members, office group or friends, make sure that you all will accommodate on the boat. Struggling for space is not a good way to have fun. So, inquire about the capacity of the boat before you hire one.

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License and regulations

License and regulations

Age and license requirement for boaters differ from one state to another. Boat rental operators are required to have a valid boat license which allows an operator to follow some guidelines regarding customers on board the boat.

There are also rules regarding boat safety education. Make sure that you inquire your boat rental company what they require before you hire a boat.

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Rental agreement

Rental agreement

You will need to sign a rental agreement with the boat rental company. Before you sign, take a close look. It may include the limit you can travel from the boat dock and restrict your to tow tubes or skiers. Some rental operators mandate to return their boats before nightfall. Make sure that if there are any charges to pay for the damage even if it is normal wear and tear, or damaged propeller.

Also, check the weather cancellations regulations so that you do not have to pay for a boat rental you didn’t even use.

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Boat insurance

Boat insurance

The liability coverage of your boat rental company should be outlined the agreement. You can also contact your insurance agent and find out the rental coverage under your policy you are eligible for during operating a rental boat.

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Rental check

Rental check

Owning and maintaining a boat is expensive. So, have a thorough look of your rental boat and outline any issue with the boat before you set it off. Getting accused of previous damage is the last thing you would want with a rental boat. You can list the damaged on your rental agreement before you sign it, like – seat stains, motor damage, scratches, loose fittings, etc.

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Safety equipment

Safety equipment

Boat rental companies are necessary to provide all safety equipment on board a rental boat. Make sure that your boat is well equipped with all safety equipment, and you know how to operate them before you start your boating tour. All people on board must be provided with life jackets and adjusted properly before the passenger leaves.

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Navigation

Navigation

You might be new to the region you are planning your boat trip. So, you cannot depend on geographical features to navigate yourself in a vast stretch of water. You need some equipment to guide you. Ask your boat rental company to provide you a map or chart for navigation. Waterways changes and you should be equipped with reliable navigation accessories.

Follow these tips, and you will definitely hire a good boat and enjoy your boat vacation.