In Northern California, fall is a perfect time to rent a boat and enjoy the outdoors on the water. The weather is cooler but not too chilly, and the scenery provides a beautiful multi-colored backdrop. Before you rent a boat this fall, check out these important tips from H2O Craft Rentals & Repair to ensure that you have the best boating experience possible.
Find a Boat Rental Company
To find a good boat rental company you should consider these factors:
- Proximity to your destination
- Ratings and reviews from previous customers
- Rental rates and current specials
- The policies and procedures of the company
Rental Boat Licenses, Regulations, and Insurance
Each state has its own set of regulations regarding boating licenses. The state of California currently does not require boat renters to carry a boat license or a California Boater Card. These laws could change, however, so be sure to keep up to date on the state regulations. Also be sure to review the rental company’s rental insurance coverage, and contact your insurance agent to find out what kind of coverage you already have.
What Is in the Rental Agreement?
Always read through the rental agreement thoroughly before signing it, as each boat rental company’s agreement is different. Some limit how far you can go from the boat dock while others won’t allow you to tow tubes or skiers. Be aware that you will most likely have to pay for any damage, beyond normal wear and tear, that is caused during your rental period. Also note how the company deals with weather-related cancellations so that you aren’t stuck paying for a boat you couldn’t use due to inclement weather.
What Safety Equipment Is Included?
Before leaving the dock, a tour of your rental boat is essential. Be sure that the rental company provides all of the necessary safety equipment, and find out where it is stored. You also should be sure that you know how to work every piece of equipment. Don’t leave the dock until all life jackets have been fitted and sized properly on each passenger. All children are required to wear life jackets at all times so be sure theirs fit correctly.
Now that you’re prepared with the technical details of your boat rental, you can enjoy the fall weather on the water. The next step is to contact H2O Craft Rentals & Repair. We are conveniently located in Tracy, CA, en route to many popular destinations such as Lake Tulloch and Woodward Reservoir. Request a quote online or call us at (209) 833-6893.