Every family fights over where to go and what to do for the summer vacation. Even if your family is extra picky on what they like to do for their vacation, I can guarantee they will all find something to enjoy when they are all together on their own boat this summer. There are just so many different activities that you can do - fishing, sailing, sun tanning, and water sports such as wakeboarding, tubing, water skiing and many more.
If you do not want to shell out all of the money to buy a boat, but you still want to be able to enjoy one every now and again, there is a solution. Renting or chartering a boat or a sailboat is a lot easier than it sounds. If renting would suit your purposes more, there are many places around every body of water that will rent you a boat. These places usually charge by the hour, day, week and even month in some cases. The rates are usually reasonable and you can pick a boat that will suit your purposes and have some fun.
If you wish to enjoy your vacation in another way, you may want to charter a boat. Paying for a charter is different than renting, and chartering is very similar to going on a cruise. Most charter companies have a minimum passenger requirement, and some boats will go out for as little as a three day charter. A charter can cost as low as $1000 and as much as $10,000, depending on destination. If you choose to charter a boat or sailboat you will most likely be cooking and cleaning up after yourselves, which is one way that a charter differs from a cruise! Charters come with many of the amenities that cruises do - you just have to pay extra for them in most cases.
Most boat rental companies do require renters to have their boating license, to guarantee the safety of their product, so if you do not have one of these it would be a good idea to take the test week before your planned vacation. However, these places usually charge more money for insurance, just as car rental companies do. I would recommend purchasing insurance, unless your car insurance company covers recreational vehicle rentals in your policy.
Renting a boat is affordable and best suited for you and your family for a few days in the summer. If you have a couple of families who would like to vacation with yours then a charter would be the best way to go. You get the luxury of a cruise with more privacy and control.
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