A Guide To Boat Charters: Your Rental Guide

29 December 2014
 Categories: Entertainment, Blog


If you are interested in renting a boat, either for personal or business reasons, then you are going to need a boat charter. Here is an introduction to help you get acquainted with the subject:

What is a boat charter exactly?

If you want to rent a boat, then you will be needing a boat charter, which is basically a rental contract. Most boat charters will contain clauses for the price, duration, and general rules of the rental.

What rules are common in boat charters?

  • The most obvious clause of a boat charter is the cost. This price will depend on many criteria, including the size of the boat, the time of year, and the purpose and duration of the rental
  • Another important feature to consider is the reservation. Charters must often be created in advance of the actual rental. This may be due to high demand for the specific vessel or regulatory pressures
  • Liability clauses discuss who is at fault in the event of an accident. Usually, all responsibility is transferred to the rentee of the vessel. However, some accidents, such as a critical failure on the part of the vessel, may be attributed to the renter
  • The return of the vessel may have several attached conditions. There will generally be both a specific time and place at which the boat is to be returned. It may seem obvious, but the boat is also to be returned in the same condition that it was rented in
  • The crew of the vessel may or may not be included with the charter. A charter which does not include crew is sometimes referred to as a bareboat charter. Smaller vessels will generally not require crews, while larger vessels might require quite a few sailors

How do I get a boat charter?

First you will need to figure out which company you want to employ. Companies will differ based on cost, location, and type of ship, so be sure to thoroughly research all of your options before coming to a decision. Your needs will change depending on if the purpose is for personal use or if you need to reserve a corporate charter.

Once you have selected your ideal charter company, you will need to acquire the charter. This can be as simple as an online transaction, or as involved as a face-to-face meeting with a representative from the company. Small boat charters will be fairly simple affairs, while a corporate rental of a larger boat should be preceded by a thorough discussion with the company in question.