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Find the right listing for you and your crew, with options for boat types, group size, captained or self-charter, and lots more.
Found one you like? Send a rental inquiry with your preferred trip details, and you’ll receive an offer from your captain to book.
Coordinate a pick-up place and time, meet your boat captain, and get out onto the water!
California boat rentals cost anywhere from less than $100/hour to over $1,000/hour. It will depend greatly on the size and style of the boat, the itinerary you’re hoping to enjoy (if it’s a boat charter), the number of passengers, duration, and when you’re renting. Boat rentals over holidays, like the 4th of July, are always more expensive, but you can split the cost if you have a larger group onboard. Electric boat rentals in harbors around California are some of the most budget-friendly boat rentals, while luxury yachts will be on the more expensive end.
The typical yacht rental will cost between $750-$1,500 for a full-day rental, and this would include the captain’s fee but not a gratuity for the captain and crew onboard. Yacht charters will vary a lot in price depending on your itinerary and what is included, like food and beverages, entertainment, and more. If you’re cruising far distances, you may have to pay extra surcharges for fuel.
No — it is not required to rent a boat. Still, it’s highly recommended that you have a Boater Safety Education certificate or other boating license and previous boating experience before operating a boat in the state of California. Some rental companies might have their own requirements for renting, so it’s best to check with the owner or company before you rent. Safety is the number one priority, and having education and prior experience will keep you and your passengers safe.
The best lake fishing and freshwater fishing in California include the San Joaquin Delta, Lake Shasta, Castaic Lake, and Lake Tahoe to name a few. The best saltwater fishing spots include Long Beach, Santa Catalina Island, San Diego, Yerba Buena Island, Bodega Bay, and San Francisco. Book a fishing charter when you're in California for a great angling experience.