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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 sailboats, yacht rentals, powerboat 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 wave runners are great for thrill-seekers. Houseboats, canoes, inner tubes – you name it, you can find it in this beautiful state.

Another great place you can visit by boat in New York is Roosevelt Island, check out this Roosevelt Island Day Trip Guide.

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 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.

  1. GM
    NYC Luxury Sailing to the Statue of Liberty

    I've taken a few private sails with various captains in NYC and the sail with Martin and Caleb was a STAND OUT! Truly an easy and perfect experience from start to finish. Martin was so communicative and easy to schedule and plan with. I had lots of questions about BYOB/F and Martin was so responsive and accommodating. Once we got on the boat, the sweetness only got sweeter. The day with Martin was all in the details and the details were PERFECT. The sailboat is truly gorgeous and so well kept. Plenty of space, though we spent 95% of the sail on the front of the boat. The boat has two bluetooth speakers, one at the front of the ship and one at the back for easy listening no matter where you are. And the best part of it all was Caleb--who was working with Martin that day--is an absolute JOY and kept our glasses full the whole trip. Having him there was truly next level service and it was such a treat. THANK YOU MARTIN AND CALEB FOR A PERFECT DAY IN NYC <3 10/10 would book again :)

  2. AM
    46 foot fully loaded Sea Ray Luxury Yacht. Brooklyn Bridge Location!

    Rented the boat for my girlfriend’s bday. 12 of us. Process was made easy by working with and chatting with Gene. He answered my many questions throughout the booking and made sure I was set to meet the captain and team prior to boarding the boat. Our captain, Nick, was awesome. Great dude and made sure we had a great time. The boat was spacious and beautiful. 2 bathrooms. 2 bedrooms. Two outside seating areas. Bluetooth speaker system. All of it was great.

  3. KA
    Private Yacht charter for all occasions in NY/NJ

    We absolutely LOVED our experience! Took a group of 6 and had the best time. The captain and crew were incredibly accommodating and kind. We’ve been telling everyone about Dana’s boat! Can’t wait to go back! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Also, love all of the photos that were sent in such a timely manner and that were taken. Best experience and trip! THANK YOU! ❤️

  4. RK
    Experience New York Harbor on Sea Ray 280 Sundancer with Captain Michael

    Amazing experience with Kris our captain. The boat was beautiful, very clean and comfortable and Kris did an amazing job and made the day really special. The service from get/my/boat was also excellent. Thank you Kris and get-my-boat!

  5. af
    Hatteras 70' Luxury Motor Yacht Cruise in New York

    Christopher and his staff were awesome, Christopher was very attentive and answered all my questions. The boat was in great shape and everything worked perfectly. It was a terrific experience and would definitely rent from him again.

  6. kr
    Caribbean Vibez on a Brooklyn Sailboat

    Y’all have to book with capt Johnny 🙌🏻 he such great vibes and really set the tone and knows what he’s doing he make sure safety first and fun second 👌🏼 my experience was amazing and definitely will book with him again