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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, windsurfing, surfing, and paddleboarding 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 of 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. Read our Guide to Fishing in New York for more information!
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 paddleboat 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.
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.
To operate a personal watercraft in NY you must be at least 14 years old.
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.
You need to complete an accredited boating safety education course to rent and operate a boat 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.
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.
Amazing crew & captain. Service was great and Christopher answered all my questions prior to the reservation date. Once we arrived he welcomed my guests & I and made us feel comfortable. Crew was very attentive. It was a great time and we will book again.
Jessica and Captain Kevin were exceptional. This was my first charter, it was a last minute booking on a holiday weekend, and for a special occasion (proposal). Jessica was more than prepared and made it so simple! We literally just had to show up. She already communicated the details to the Captain when we arrived. Captain Kevin had the boat prepped and ready to go. We arrived at the private parking, got on the boat (which was beautiful and a perfect size), and enjoyed our experience! Captain Kevin took care of setup, clean up, and even acted as our impromptu photographer at the moment of the proposal. Jessica and her crew are a well oiled machine and I wouldn't hesitate to book with her again for special occasions or simply a day out with friends. I'm living proof, no experience necessary. I look forward to the opportunity to sail aboard Sailing Islander in the future!
This was a perfect way to celebrate my husband’s 45th birthday!! The vessel was beautiful the captain and hostess were great, very friendly. Gene always gave quick responses when I had questions and made everything very easy. Overall a great experience!!
I would like to say thank you to all team and captain for an amazing experience! Communication was super easy, team super helpful. All event went fun and smooth! It was the best idea to celebrate my bday on the boat. I would love to repeat it
Amal is a legend! She was incredibly responsive, helpful, and accommodating throughout the entire process. The onboard crew was an absolute delight. We upgraded to the Hudson Star and are so glad we did because it was more than comfortable for 12 of us. We were lucky the forecasted rain never showed, but Amal was prepared with a covered cabin just in case. The boat itself was so pristine, luxurious, and spacious. The bouquet she arranged was beautiful. The experience far exceeded our expectations, and we would one hundred percent recommend chartering with Amal. Look forward to doing it again soon!
Mike was truly amazing ! Very informative very very nice made my family really comfortable he’s the best really nice boat ! Great experience will def book . Best experience we had in a long time.
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