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Published On: Mon, Jun 19th, 2017

Don’t Forget to Consider These 6 Things When Renting a Boat

The advantages of renting a boat are obvious; you get to enjoy the open waters without having to worry about making a down payment, making monthly loan payments, docking bills, maintenance, etc. In fact, you need not even own a tow vehicle.

Renting a boat is a good way to try out new locations or boat designs without parting with a lot of money. By paying a periodic rental fee and fuel, the cost you incur is a fraction of the cost of owning and operating a boat. What’s more, you can receive discounts for renting a boat for several days.

Consider the following things when you are looking for a boat to rent.

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Identifying and selecting a boat rental company

The easiest and most effective way of finding a boat rental company and a destination lake to do your boating is by doing a careful online search. Check the tourist office and local chamber of commerce websites, and give them a call to find out more. Plan an in-person visit to the local marina to inquire about boat rental companies.

The boat size and type

The size of the waterway will determine the size of the boat. Established boat rental companies, such as The Buoy CDA Boat Rentals, will have a range of sizes that match the waterway. As for the type, this is largely dependent on the purpose for which you’re renting the boat. You may want to go angling on a fishing boat, relax with family and friends on a pontoon, or go touring in a deck boat.

The boat rental agreement

These agreements vary widely so you need to read yours carefully. Some agreements have a limit on how far you can sail from the launch ramp; others prohibit towing of skiers or boating at night. The boat rental company takes care of normal wear and tear, but in case of any damage, the cost of repair is usually on you. Also, find out how the company handles cancellations based on weather.

Insurance

The agreement should outline the insurance coverage provided by the boat rental company. Typically, renters are required to accept liability for all occurrences irrespective of the cause, including motor or boat damage. Read the terms carefully. It’s also a good idea to have a qualified attorney or insurance agent look at the agreement.

The boat operator

You want to be sure that your designated boat operator meets state requirements, including age and completion of a boat safety course. Inquire about the rules governing the operation of the boat.

A number of commercial boat rental companies will require you to avow that you have the requisite experience for operating the specific boat you choose to rent. However, some commercial boat rental companies offer boat operating instructions at a charge.

Safety equipment

Well-established boat rental companies provide you with all the necessary safety equipment. Confirm that the lifejackets are properly sized and make sure you know where all the safety equipment is. Wise boaters bring their own jackets, irrespective of whose boat it is, so that they know exactly where it is and how to use it.

Author: Charlie Brown

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