Beginner’s Guide to Renting a Boat
You want to spend a great and sunny day in the sea or even your whole summer holiday like that, however, you don’t want to break the bank? Renting a boat could be the best answer. Unfortunately, not all of us are born as sons and daughters of multimillionaire families, which means that only a few can actually enjoy the feeling and comfort of owning their own boat or yacht. However, this does not mean that all of us are not able to enjoy this pleasure and joy, even if it for a day, and renting a boat is a great opportunity the modern world offers. Believe us, renting a boat instead of owning one has, in fact, a bit more advantages, especially considering you don’t have to deal with the expensive upkeep, maintenance and even renovation of the said boat, while you still can experience the fun part.
However, before you decide to spend your hard-earned money on renting a boat, here are a few helpful tips and tricks you would like to know and that will make the whole process significantly easier for you:
Plan in Advance
Think of the location where you want to rent a boat. If boating is a seasonal thing there, make sure to plan your boating day or holiday in advance and book one as early as you can in order to avoid the disappointment of not being able to find a boat when the season starts and all of them are already booked, or paying a very high price for last minute booking.
Get There Early
You must be early not only when booking a boat, if you want to get the best offer, you also want to be early on the day of your booking. This will ensure that you will be able to handle all paperwork and checks as early as possible and you will have more time to enjoy boating. Especially if you are going for a day trip with a rented boat, you definitely don’t want to waste precious time from your reservation.
In order to ensure the whole process will run smoothly and there won’t be any issues and problems you need to deal with, make sure you carefully read and understand all details in the conformation letter and to know what you actually need. Check-in should go smoothly if you do all that. Most boat rental companies will outline all the documentation you need and any other important information for you previously. However, if the company fails to do so, make sure to contact them and ask them about everything you need and want to know.
Get the Right Boat for You
When you decide to rent a boat, you need to make sure you are renting the right boat for you, which means a boat you feel comfortable with and you can handle, in order to avoid overpaying for something you don’t need. Know your limits in terms of your budget and mostly the size of the boat you can handle. You need to consider what boat size is what you need and how many people will be spending their time on the boat, so you all feel comfortable enough. In addition, if you are planning to do some watersports, make sure that you are choosing a boat that has enough power to pull the water sport equipment.
Check the Condition of the Boat
On of the most important aspects you want to pay attention to when renting a boat is the condition of the boat. Yes, this is not a thing you are going to purchase, which means that condition might not be a priority for you. However, poor condition can cause a lot of discomfort and even pose some safety risks. Therefore, before you go out in the water with your boat, make sure that everything is working properly. In case you notice some issues – make sure to contact the rental company first. Even if it is the smallest and most insignificant issue, notify the company first and then head out to prevent you being charged for an issue you are not responsible of later.