What You Need to Know Before Renting a Boat

April 27, 2018 5:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you do not own a boat, taking advantage of a good boat rental service in Lewiston, CA is the next best thing. However, if you take this route on your Memorial Day weekend or other long vacation, you need to be prepared. Here are four tips for making the best of your boat rental and creating good memories—not bad incidents:

  • Know what you can handle: Boat rental services are patient to first-time renters. Many offer brief safety courses that you can take well ahead of your rental day. Take advantage of this opportunity before you rent. Also, some boats are easier to handle than others. Pontoons are the most beginner-friendly, but you can still find a high-speed boat if your experience is vast. Basically, there is a boat to rent for everyone. Choose wisely so you have fun rather than face ordeals. Your rental service can guide you if you find the process daunting.
  • Book in advance: Boat rentals fill up quickly when there are long weekends ahead. If you are looking to rent a pontoon for July, 4 book now! Memorial Day weekend? Definitely book now! Never assume that the boat you desire will be available when you simply show up. Make a reservation and know for certain that you will be on the water that day. Also, many boat companies have minimum ages for rentals. If you are under 25, you want to call ahead and be sure you meet their age requirements. That way, if you need additional time to find someone older to make the reservation on your behalf, you have it.
  • Be prepared: Weather changes quickly on the water. You may want to hang out on deck in your swimsuit all day, but the weather may not cooperate. Be prepared for rain, wind, sudden cold and other conditions besides sun. If these arise and you do not have additional layers, you will be miserable. Also, beverages can warm up quickly on the deck of a boat. Do not forget your cooler unless warm soda appeals to you!
  • Learn the rules of the water: Your boating adventure can be easily ruined with bad decisions and lack of knowledge. Boat accidents are often bad, and you will owe the rental company damages—as well as anyone who was injured by your negligence. Even if you take the rental company’s safety course, review the rules of the water before you take your vacation. Read the marine board website and watch videos on YouTube. Learn basics in case you face an emergency, and keep a mobile device charged in case you must call the marina to rescue you. Most of our rentals proceed incident-free, but it is better to expect the best but prepare for the worst—just in case.

Trinity Alps Marina offers reliable and affordable boat rental service in Lewiston, CA. Our boats contain sleeping quarters and the perfect setup for those special celebrations. Call us today to make a reservation.

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