Rental or Charter Requirements and GetMyBoat

We pride ourselves on making it simple to rent or charter your boat on our easy to use platform. As stated in our terms of service, it is important to note that boat owners must comply with local and state laws and regulations while using GetMyBoat. This includes the U.S. Coast Guard regulations and laws concerning bareboat charters, as well as captain’s licensing.

It is the boat owner's responsibility to ascertain the legal requirements applicable to the type of operation in which the vessel is to be employed and to ensure every requirement is fully complied with before operations begin. Contact your nearest Coast Guard unit for the latest laws and regulations. See local boating laws and regulations by state here.

Below you will find two documents from the U.S. Coast Guard that define small passenger and charter vessels as well as requirements for each.

Small Passenger and Charter Vessel Definitions


Small Passenger and Charter Vessel Quick Reference Guide



Remember, the Coast Guard is available to make sure that your boat is water worthy and to help you stay safe. The Coast Guard also offers courtesy vessel safety checks for your safety and other aboard your watercraft. Schedule an inspection here.