Renting a Power Boat
There are various scenarios where you would rent a boat. You may be considering buying your own, and so you want to get a feel of the experience. You may also be ready for a vacation, but you are not ready to buy one. As you are getting used to the lifestyle, it will be a good idea first to rent out one, and enjoy it as you learn from it.
There are plenty of boat rental companies out there, offering different terms and boats to their customers. You can go for a speed boat rental, an electric boat rental, or even a yacht rental. A powerboat seems like the most sensible choice at this point. More experienced sailors may consider a yacht, but they too tend to go for powerboats when they need to relax and enjoy themselves.
When approaching a boat rental company, you need to be keen on the condition of the boats on offer, and the reputation of the rental company. Rental boats are normally used vigorously, needing proper maintenance and servicing to keep them functioning optimally. If the company is not known for its excellent track record in terms of servicing their boats, you need to look elsewhere. You do not want to be stuck in the middle of the ocean with a broken-down boat.
At the same time, you are better off renting from a company, than directly from an owner. The company can provide solid assurances of service and quality and a warranty. An owner cannot provide you with such assurances. You only need to confirm through online review forums the quality they offer.
In most instances, you need to be at least 18 years old to rent a powerboat. In other cases, they may set the minimum age at 21 years. If you go for a charter boat rental, you may not need to adhere to the boat rental age requirements, since there is a captain provided along with the boat.
When renting, you will find varying prices from different companies. Some offer friendly prices, while others are more expensive. The size of the boat, along with its power figures and level of luxury offered, will influence how much the company asks a customer for using it. If possible, rent one for a longer period. Being charged on a per-day basis is much cheaper than a per hour basis.
Once you rent the boat, you need to make sure it is well stocked before you set out. Depending on the agreement, there are things you will have to buy, and others the rental company will provide. All in all, make sure there is enough fuel, food and drinks, water toys, and fishing equipment if you intend to go fishing. Be especially keen on the water you carry. A day of fun out there makes you quite thirsty, with no other place for you to get water until you return ashore. If the company provides fuel, find out how much of it is in the boat, and what range it can adequately cover.