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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. AL
    Andrew
    46 foot fully loaded Sea Ray Luxury Yacht. Minutes from Statue of Liberty and NY Harbor!

    I could not have asked for a better experience. Gene and the crew took care of our group, making sure we were safe, happy, and having a blast right from the start. The crew was Covid-safe and aware, making sure everyone was comfortable and able to enjoy their day. Before booking, Gene answered all of my questions and steered me in the right direction. He provided clear instructions on where to be and what to do. And he was responsive and considerate to all of my questions. We were celebrating my girlfriend’s birthday with a small group, and all of them were blown away by the kindness of the crew, the ease with which we proceeded to and onto the boat, and everything that came with it. Fun, spacious, and a perfect way to see NYC, everyone was having a blast and relaxing. Again - I cannot stress this enough - one of the best experiences I’ve had in New York even before the pandemic. Without a doubt, I will be returning this summer for another great day out in NYC. If you want a memorable experience that will stay with you long after you dock, BOOK WITH GENE!

  2. LG
    Leslie
    2019 Motor Yacht 45' Charter for 12 People in Brooklyn, NY

    I booked this trip for my 30th birthday and it was truly the best decision! The boat is beautiful! Saul and Adam(captain) were a pleasure! Anything we needed they were happy to oblige. Will absolutely be doing this again.

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    Jawuan
    Private Yacht Charter on 60ft Ship In NYC or Jersey City, NJ

    Book with Captain you would enjoy it and love it. His staff is very helpful with everything if you are a first timer like me and my partner. Took good care of us. Thank you! Booking with this crew again

  4. AR
    Amalia
    46 foot fully loaded Sea Ray Luxury Yacht. Minutes from Statue of Liberty and NY Harbor!

    Had a great afternoon! Friendly staff and lovely time!

  5. AK
    Andrew
    80' Luxury Yacht Charter for 40 Guests in Alpine, New Jersey and NYC

    1) Beautiful boat. Comfortably fit 20, amazing experience 2) Captain and Crew were fantastic. Mark, Daniel, and Lexi made it a very enjoyable event. Between planning the surprise proposal, coordinating the actual proposal on the boat, and making sure all the guests had what they needed, they could not have done a better job 3) 11/10 would recommend. This event was fairly last minute (event was 2 weeks from the initial convo) and Mike was very helpful in making sure i had all the details.

  6. AA
    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!