Buying vs. Renting a Boat

To Purchase or Not to Purchase?

Determining What Option is Best for You

If this question looks familiar it is probably because you’ve considered whether you should purchase your car or lease it. The same argument applies to boats: should you rent boats when you want to go out on the water, or should you purchase your own vessel?

There is no right or wrong answer to these questions. The decision to buy a boat is going to be unique to each captain and family. Flexibility, ownership, cost and upkeep are factors that will be critical to some and not a concern to others.

It’s important to consider your boating goals before purchasing a vessel. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Where will I keep my boat and will storage be an additional monthly cost?
  • How often will I use my boat?
  • Who in my family can safely and legally operate a boat?

If you’re unsure of the answers to the questions above, keep reading. Testing the waters (pun fully intended) with a boat rental is the first place to start. If you’re thinking about purchasing check out these tips for first-time buyers.

Buying vs Renting: Step One

If you are faced with this dilemma there is a first step that should be taken: trying a boat rental. Especially if you are a newbie, a boat rental can help you gain experience on the water and help determine if this is a hobby is a long term commitment for you and your family. Additionally, boat rentals can be useful when determining what type of boat is best suited for your recreational needs.

Pros of Purchasing a Boat

When you purchase a boat you experience the following benefits:

  • Customization – you are free to customize the boat as you see fit. Do you want to paint it black with flames coming from the starboard side? No problem. Thinking about adding a souped up motor? Sounds like plan. Do you want to name the boat after your wife? You can do that. When you own the boat there is not much you can’t do (as long as you are following state laws, of course).
  • Ownership – let’s face it, boats are valuable. When you own the boat, assuming you care for it and take pride in the upkeep, they are an investment.
  • Pride in Your Ride – in some instances, boat rentals are used by many people and cared for by none. As a boat owner this is not the case. Your boat will quickly become an extension of your family and when out on the water you’ll have, and likely share with others, pride in your ride.

Pros of Renting a Boat

When you rent a boat you experience the following benefits:

  • Travel – boat rentals with boat sharing companies like Boatsetter are available throughout the United States. Instead of having on boat in one location you can have many boats in many locations.
  • No maintenance – boat rentals need maintenance too. The difference is when you are renting you are not the maintenance man or woman. The responsibility for cleaning and upkeep (and the costs associated with those things) lies with the owner of the boat, not the renter.
  • Variety – as a novice boater you may not be sure what type of boat is your style. There are sailboats, motor boats, and yachts. Boat rentals allow you to try a little bit of everything to determine what ride you enjoy the best.

Boatsetter Boat Rental Services

Boatsetter has a database with boats of all varieties ready to be rented. From the Florida Keys up the coast to Long Island, through Chicago, down to Austin and San Francisco, Boatsetter can connect you with a boat rental in your neighborhood in a matter of minutes.
Rentals with Boatsetter can be made online and cancelled up to 24 hours in advance. You can choose from a variety of different boat types and have the option of searching for only boats with a captain if you’re looking for a hands-off boat ride.

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