Renting a boat via one of these services and renting from a traditional boat rental fleet is quite different. The first and most important thing is to make sure you’re comfortable with the boat you’re getting. After reading the descriptions and looking at the pictures of a boat, make sure you thoroughly survey the reviews of the boat and the owner reported by prior renters. This is one of the greatest advantages peer to peer rentals, since you can learn from people just like yourself who already have first-hand experience. And don’t be afraid to ask questions of the service provider, too.
Meeting a representative of boat
Be sure to ask the owner to show you boats unique features prior to the start of the rental period as you set to rent a boat. All boats are different, and all owners operate them differently, so get comfortable with the boat before you take it out on the water. It is recommended ask about the safety equipment, and ask the owner to show you how to operate it if you’re not already familiar with everything. Remember that depending on the size and type of boat and them waterway it operates on, certain safety gear is required by law. Every rental should have it aboard but check to be sure if the marine police or coast guard performs a safety inspection of the boat while you’re operating it, they will hold you responsible. Finally, make sure you are comfortable with the overall safety of the vessel before you accept responsibility.
Many states require anyone running a boat to have a boating license, which is usually granted after completing a short online boating safety course. An owner renting in a state where it’s required may ask you if you have the proper certification, but regardless of what he or she might say, it’s up to you to make sure you have met any mandatory requirements.