If enjoying a boat but not owning one is your aim − did you know you could rent from local boat owners?
You want that summer lake living life but a boat can be costly, especially with the upkeep and storage. You could rent from a service that keeps an inventory of boat rentals in specific locations. Or there is another option: sort of an Airbnb for the boating set.
A couple of sites connect local boat owners with people interested in temporary boat use.
Getmyboat.com may be the most popular site in this space for Vermont. Once on the website, you can search by destination. Among the 25 listings that come up when you search “Vermont,” there is an 18-foot Pontoon boat in Wilmington available for $450 per day or a variety of inflatable and hard shell kayaks in Killington that rent for $50. There are stand up paddleboards and canoes galore and at least three charter services that come with a boat captain. Those include a sailing excursion out of Burlington Harbor for four guests at $100 an hour, a guided fishing tour on Lake Champlain for five at $100 an hour and Captain Cindy can take out 12 people on Squam Lake in Holderness, New Hampshire, for $165 an hour. Other locations renting in Vermont include Montgomery Center, Stockbridge, and in Chester there’s a jet boat that seats four that books for $400 a day.
Another site that rents out personal watercraft is Boatsetter. But during a search for Vermont there was one listing for Tupper Lake, New York, for a vessel that is an add-on with rental of the property.
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If you are a boat owner yourself, this is perhaps another avenue to make some extra cash.
Get My Boat suggest to renters they talk with the host about whether their insurance covers accidents and damage. The site also directs boat owners where they can acquire boat charter insurance for personal or commercial use.
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