Best Tips for Renting a Boat in Miami
Type of boat, equipment on board, safety equipment, insurance… Renting a boat is particularly enjoyable when you want to sail away, explore wild creeks or get away from the hustle and bustle of the tourists. If you are looking at renting a boat in Miami, it’s better to know a few tricks before you set off. Aquarius Boat Tours and Rental, a Miami boat tour and boat rental specialist, is happy to share with you 6 tips for a safe and relaxing boat rental experience.
1. Book your boat rental at the best price on the internet
Today, renting a boat is much more accessible and affordable than it was in the past. Just like booking a flight, a hotel room, or an activity, there are many platforms today where you can find your happiness among a large number of different boats, all over the world. These platforms also offer you the possibility of filtering your search according to your preferences: number of people, berths or cabins, length of the boat, price, year of construction, radius to cover…
All you have to do is choose the offer that best meets your expectations. Aquarius Boat Rental has studied its market and is proud to provide the best prices for the 20-foot bareboat rental category. Gas is included with Aquarius Boat Rental unlike most of the other boat rental companies that will charge you a huge amount at the end of your rental.
2. The choice of the type of boat you want to rent
While most boat charter companies offer a wide variety of boats: sailboat, catamaran, motorboat, semi-rigid boat… It is important, before jumping into your reservation, to study your needs in order to select the one that will be best suited to your sea excursion. To help you in this process, start by asking yourself:
- How many would you be on board?
- Do you have a boating license?
- What is your budget?
- What route are you planning to take?
- What activity would you like to do (sailing, fishing, chilling, towed buoy, wakeboarding)?
- Where would you like to sail (sea, river, lake, Intracoastal)?
- How long do you plan to rent for?
- What level of comfort do you need?
These questions will help you select the ideal boat rental for your next trip.
3. Pay attention to the on-board equipment
Before boarding, your boat must be equipped with mandatory safety equipment: life jackets, lighting devices, throwable, fire extinguisher, emergency number, navigation chart, first aid kit… This equipment may vary depending on the activity you wish to practice. In any case, don’t take any risk by making sure that nothing is missing before fully renting a boat and boarding.
4. The Bareboat Rental contract
That’s it, you’re almost there, you can already feel the sea air caressing your face… But be careful though, because even if the excitement of the departure can overwhelm your mind, you must keep a cool head during this stage and remember to LOOK CAREFULLY at your rental contract to avoid a few mistakes.
Good boat rental companies will send you the contract and waiver ahead of your booking so you have time to review it. Pay attention to the confirmation email you receive when you make your reservation and you will probably have a link to sign the contracts electronically.
Here are a few things to look for when renting a boat:
- Cancellation conditions: remember to inspect this section of the contract to make sure you can reasonably cancel your rental if you are unable to make it, and avoid the penalties.
- Additional costs: cleaning, fuel, late return… All these elements of your contract are not to be taken lightly if you do not wish to see undesirable costs added to the final bill.
- The deposit: keep in mind that, most of the time, a fairly high deposit will be required before your departure. This is a way for rental companies to protect themselves against potential damage during the rental period.
Loss, theft, civil liability, collision… Don’t let embarrassment spoil your sea excursion. For this reason, different insurances can be proposed to you when you rent a boat. Remember to read your contract, as sometimes insurance may already have been taken out by the boat rental company, then check the extent of the cover offered so that you can sail with complete peace of mind. Some boat rental companies in Miami operate without proper insurance, it could be very disastrous if anything happens.
6. Other things to know before departure
Finally, we have compiled some final practical advice to maximize your chances of becoming a true expert in boat hire in Miami, but also and above all to make the most of your next holiday at sea.
- Inspect your rental boat: before and after returning the boat, remember to take photos and report any suspicious elements.
- Weather conditions are one of the elements not to be neglected! Very detailed marine weather reports are available to avoid unnecessary risks. Also, remember to take note of the wind direction and strength for your outward and return trips.
- If for you, renting a boat rhymes with tranquility and serenity, avoid the months of March and April, which are prone to tourist agitation and spring breaks, and prefer the months of May (except Memorial Day weekend), June, September, and October, which are much less crowded. The best months to sail in Miami are from November to February, the weather is amazing and the spring breakers are not here yet.
You are ready! Start Renting a Boat in Miami!
Next step, learn how to dock a boat thanks to our article about the best tips to dock a boat.