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Boat Rental Tips and Safety Information
Boat rentals are an easy way to turn a dull weekend into an awesome one! When you take your responsibility on the water seriously, boating can be a safe and fun way to spend time with your family and friends. This article will provide you with information that can help you have a great boat rental experience from start to finish. Whether you're just out for a ride or enjoying your favorite water sports, the following will be beneficial to you.
Boating is a very popular sporting and leisure activity in the United States. People travel from different corners of the country cruise some of the best boating destinations in the world. Water is a lot more fun when you have the means to travel through it! If there's one thing, though, that every boater must know, it's that safety comes first!
Before you rent your first boat, make sure you know what you're doing. What is your level of experience? If you have never driven a boat before, you should consider taking a boating safety course - it could end up saving your life (and many others!). At the very minimum, ask the boat rental company to take you out on the water to show you the basic operation and navigation techniques. They should explain to you the 'rules of the road' so that you know what to look out for when you're on the water.
Becoming familiar with boating is just the first step. There are many different kinds of boats to choose from and each of them offer something unique. Boats can be powered manually or by motor. Boat rental companies may not offer every boat available, so it's best to call ahead or check on their website to see if they have what you're looking for. Here are a few boat rentals that could be available to you:
Manually Powered Boats
Kayaks are built to carry either one or two people. Their small, sleek design can help you paddle your way into the most remote areas better than any other boat. If you're into physical activity, a kayak is definitely something to consider!
Canoes provide a relaxing experience that allows you to paddle or drift along the banks or a lake or river. Perfect for taking in beautiful scenery and having a leisurely trip on the water.
Pontoon boats are built on a pair of aluminum or steel pontoons. They are usually powered by outboard engines and generally offer plenty of open deck space with generous seating. Onboard amenities can include full galleys and entertainment centers, tables, enclosed head compartments and more. They provide a great party atmosphere as they can accommodate large parties.
Sport boats are recreational, usually used for cruising, touring, towing for recreational watersports such as tubing and basic waterskiing, and casual fishing. Boat styles include runabouts with small cabins or open-bow areas, deck boats and small cruisers. This is one of the most common types of boat rentals.
No matter what kind of boat you choose, please remember that safety is of utmost importance when you are in a boat. Before you rent, check to make sure the boat rental company provides or rents all of the safety equipment required by law. You should also make sure that the boat has some kind of communication equipment on board and if not, bring your cell phone. And always keep a first aid kit handy. Have fun!