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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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    Amanda
    Amazing Sailing Trip in NYC !!! on Your own Yacht with us!

    We had a wonderful day sailing with Paul and his wife Melissa. They were gracious hosts who were easy and fun to chat with but they also left us alone in order to catch up, drink wine and enjoy the sites. We sailed down the Hudson to see the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge which I highly recommend. Overall great experience and would love to do again!

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    Deirdre
    Private Yacht charter for all occasions in NY/NJ

    Totally amazing from start to finish ! Dana was wonderful with preparing for our trip and captain Joel and John Did everything to make us comfortable. They gave us privacy and made us feel safe. It couldn’t of been better ! I will definitely be back again for another wonderful trip !

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    Hector
    Sail NYC's skyline aboard the Genesis, a beautiful classic sailboat!

    Exemplary customer service, sailing, and sanitation in this time of COVID-19. Eric is a fantastic, thoroughly-trained, sailing expert. The sailboat is kept in good condition. The route and the views are worth every penny.

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    Erin
    Amazing Sailing Trip in NYC !!! on Your own Yacht with us!

    Paul and Melissa were AMAZING! Our group did a sunset 3hr tour. They were super communicative in the pre-planning and the boat experience was incredible. Melissa and paul took care of everything on board - never letting our glasses go empty and put together a beautiful charcuterie board. This is a must do experience in nyc with these two!

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    Kate
    Sail New York's historic waterways aboard Water Music, a classic, semi-custom 40 foot Passport yacht.

    We had a wonderful time sailing around NYC celebrating my husband's birthday. Captain Ed was great, and his boat was lovely and clean. I highly recommend chartering his boat.

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

    Thanks Mike and Arty. My family and I had a good time celebrating my dads birthday on your boat. The location, your boat, our communication with each other, all contributed to making it a great experience, especially for my sister in the wheelchair, Thank You so much!!!!