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What to Know About Renting a Boat in New York

If you are waiting for one of the most exciting adventures of your life, the State of New York might be one of the best places to explore. The state boasts 7,500 lakes and ponds, 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, and a coastline that stretches across thousands of miles. Together, the waterways are home to 165 different species of fish.

Taking a boat ride along the coast or the Erie Canal is one of the best ways to experience New York, and you don’t have to own a boat to enjoy this fantastic state. All types of watercrafts are available to rent, from cruising sailboats, yacht rentals, power boat rentals, and pontoon boats to single-person kayaks and canoes. If fishing charters are your thing, you can catch several kinds of fish aboard shaded fishing charters in New York. Jet skis and waverunners are great for thrill seekers. Houseboats, canoes, inner tubes – you name it, you can find it in this beautiful state.

Westhampton offers a quiet and secluded atmosphere that caters to rest and relaxation at a manageable, two-hour train ride from Manhattan. If you choose to rent a seaside bungalow, an abundance of surf clubs, sailing schools, beaches, and seafood will keep you occupied for the duration of your stay. Water sports such as jet skiing, parasailing, wind surfing, surfing, and paddle boarding will break up your beach days while crabbing, fishing, and yachting are potential day-long retreats.

You can also witness New York City like never before as you watch the impressive Empire State Building and the charming landscape from a new perspective while taking a tour on the waterways. Although the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are chart-toppers in terms of tourist attractions, the Big Apple also has a number of other popular destinations that boaters love to explore. The list includes South Hampton, Sag Harbor, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Bay Shore, Montauk, and Cherry Island.

If you are interested in a fishing excursion in New York, The Hudson is a popular place to fish for largemouth and smallmouth bass. If you love fishing, the state of New York will never disappoint you. It does not matter whether you are an expert or a novice; the state has something for all. Freshwater fishing finds some of the best spots in the state. It is also a great place for fly fishing, saltwater fishing, deep sea fishing, and even ice fishing. From huge lakes to small ponds, the beautiful waterways of the state wait for you with the promise of your next big catch. The best time to fish in these waters is during summer and fall. Fishing during the springs yields striped bass.

The State of New York has a number of marinas where you can dock and moor your boat. Rent a kayak, canoe, rowboat, or a paddle boat and enjoy a laidback trip paddling in the lakes of some of the most beautiful lakes, parks, and coastline. Add more excitement to your adventure by chartering a thrilling speedboat. While exploring the many avenues of the waterway, make sure to dine at Coney Island, visit Long Island, or relax in the Hamptons where a beautiful boating experience waits with the promise of a fresh take on the East Coast.

Popular destinations in New York also include Sag Harbor, Montauk, South Hampton, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Bay Shore, and Cherry Island.

New York Boat Rental FAQs

How much does it cost to rent a boat in NYC?

Boat rentals in NYC vary in price. A boat tour of the highlights of the city starts as low as $75/person, and private charters on luxury yachts in NYC can cost upward of $4,000 per hour. A power boat that fits 10-12 people costs (on average) $300/hour in NYC.

How old do you have to be to drive a boat in NY?

To operate a personal watercraft in NY you must be at least 14 years old.

Can you drive a boat without a boaters license in New York?

According to boaterexam.com if you were born on or after May 1, 1996, you are required to pass a state approved course and obtain a boating safety certificate to operate a motorboat. Everyone in NY must complete a Boating Safety Education Course in order to operate a PWC on NYS waters. The boating safety certificate also must be kept with you at all times when you’re operating a boat.

Do you need a boat license to rent a boat in New York?

You need to complete an accredited boating safety education course to rent and operate a boat in New York.

What do you need to ride a jet ski in New York?

You must wear a lifejacket or PFD when riding a jet ski in New York. You also much complete a boating safety course and receive a certificate of successful completion and have that with you at all times when operating watercraft in New York.

Do you need a life jacket for a kayak in New York?

All people on a kayak must wear a lifejacket at all times from November 1st-May 1st, and all kayaks must have at least 1 PFD per person onboard at all times, regardless of the time of year. Kids 12 and under must always have a lifejacket on while on a kayak.

GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in New York.

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    Greta
    Charter 47 feet catalina sailboat in Brooklyn NY

    Captain Tony is amazing and his boat is stunning! There were 6 of us and we had such an amazing time. He let us be and we were able to enjoy the day, went swimming, and had an overall awesome experience. We will definitely book again next summer and I’d recommend him to anyone looking to sail!

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    Sherleen
    Experience Exceptional on Islander - NYC's Newest Sailing Charter

    Krista is the best best Captain anyone can Ask for, she is very welcoming, friendly, helpful and caring. She made us feel comfortable in the boat I could Truly say that I feel at ease with her and that My friends and I truly had a great time in her boat. I would book another trip with her in the future.

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    Natalie
    Caribbean Vibez on a Brooklyn Sailboat

    Highly recommend!! My family decided to charter a sail boat to celebrate our cousin’s birthday. Our sailing experience was very relaxing with breathtaking views ; Johnny warm personality and kindness made us comfortable and memorable.

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    onyekachi
    Private Yacht charter for all occasions in NY/NJ

    I wish I could give them higher than 5 stars. It was my wife and I's 1 year wedding anniversary and they went above and beyond to make it a sweet and memorable experience. Dana was always available and reachable. The ride was wonderful, the captain and crew always checked up on us and helped with the setup, they were very courteous, kept the surrounding clean and sanitised. Overall, i got more than I paid for, which was to put the biggest smile on my wife's face, as well as, tears of joy from her. Thanks, so much guys. I can't wait to book another trip!!!

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    Rachel
    Manhattan Luxury Sailing to the Statue of Liberty

    The cruise is very fun. Captain Martin allowed us to connect to the Bluetooth Stereos to play music, we was also able to drink and eat while enjoy some highlights like the Statue of Liberty . Captain Martin hospitality throughout the whole cruise was amazing .

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    Cintia
    Spectacular NYC Views on Gemini Freestyle 37 Catamaran Charter in Jersey City, NJ

    Amazing Experience, Great Service. My friends had a blast. We want to do it every weekend. Michael really knows his stuff ,music, drinks and front view of statue of Liberty at sunset was the best experience. Would definitely recommended for any ocassion.