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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 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.

  1. JC
    Juenelle
    46 foot fully loaded Sea Ray Luxury Yacht. Brooklyn Bridge Location!

    This yacht is fiyah🔥! Very clean & all around everything we were look’n to be on. Captain Andrew & Eileen were AMAZING ! Can’t wait to sail atleast one more time for the summer. Will def recommend to people & will book again.

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    Ali
    Monterey 360SC! If you were to desire a vessel with more luxury!

    Boat is very well kept and looks new. Very roomy , clean and perfect for day trips. What made this amazing was Captain Drew. He is professional, teaches about water safety and a great Captain with tremendous experience. He felt more like part of our family on the trip and made us very comfortable. Will always use Avi and Drew moving forward.

  3. MM
    Mercedes
    NYC Luxury Sailing to the Statue of Liberty

    Our 3 boys (13, 13 and 15) had a blast and there wasn't an iPhone in sight! Martin, and his Skipper Gino were both professional with a keen eye for safety. We all enjoyed and have promised the boys that we will be booking again...specifically with Martin and Gino! Thank you

  4. AF
    Amy
    80' Luxury Yacht Charter for 40 Guests in Alpine, New Jersey and NYC

    As one of my friends said, she “lived out her Below Deck dreams” without all the drama. Michael and the crew met every need, from flowing cocktails to capturing a photogenic moment. Highly recommend to anyone looking to feel pampered or as if they’ve left the City for a few hours.

  5. LH
    Latoshia
    46 foot fully loaded Sea Ray Luxury Yacht. Brooklyn Bridge Location!

    Awesome yacht. Gene was very nice, professional and communicated well the entire time. On our day of travel it rained most of the day however the yacht was nice and spacious enough inside that we still had a great time. The yacht was very clean! Irina (our hostess) was very helpful and our captain Nick showed us around the city and had some great site seeing and pictures! Highly recommend. Will book again

  6. KA
    Kendra
    Monterey 360SC! If you were to desire a vessel with more luxury!

    The caption Drew was amazing!! He was so sweet and friendly!! Made us feel right at home! Had no problem stopping to take pictures of me and my friends!! Even suggested places to take pictures!! Very accommodating!! Will definitely book with him again! Avi was also very responsive and nice during the whole process as well. Great experience!