Thinking about renting a boat for your next Florida vacation? Great! Boating is one of the best ways to enjoy the Florida sunshine and to see some of the sights of the ocean and gulf. Of course, knowing where to begin your search can be a little difficult if you’ve never rented a boat before.
Fortunately, companies make boat rental in Venice, FL as easy as possible for first-time renters, so if you’re thinking about renting a boat for the first time, there’s no need to be intimidated. It won’t take much for you to get out on the water with your friends and family to start having fun.
Here are just a few things to consider as you prepare to rent a boat and get out on the water this summer and fall.
Book in advance
Right now, we’re in the peak boat rental season. This usually starts around Memorial Day and goes through the summer. We highly recommend you make rental reservations far in advance just so you can be sure you actually get the kind of boat you want, at the time you want. Summer weekends are especially busy, even in the hot Florida summers, because that is the time of year at which most tourists take their vacations.
Prepare for a variety of conditions
Though the weather in Florida during the summer is typically hot and humid, there’s always the chance it’ll be cooler out on the water. You should still prepare with sunscreen, but bring changes of clothes to account for different types of weather. Keep an eye on the forecast as well—summer especially can bring sudden pop-up rain showers and thunderstorms that could have a negative impact on your boating plans.
Know the rules of the water
Just as you should know the rules of the road before heading out on the highway, you should know the rules of the water before heading out on the ocean. Every state has its own set of laws regarding whether you’ll need to complete a boating education class before operating a vessel, and Florida is one of those states. You should also be aware of rules regarding personal floatation devices, hours of operation, boating speeds, areas in which you can and cannot operate and more. Finally, you should never, ever consume alcohol or take drugs if you plan on being the one to drive the boat. While you can bring alcohol with you out on the water in coolers, the person operating the boat should not be consuming it at all.
Age requirements for boat rental can vary from company to company. Sometimes a person as young as 18 can rent a boat, other times it’s the same age as renting a car: 25. Check with the various rental companies in your area if this is going to be an issue for you.
For more information about how you can prepare for boat rental in Venice, FL, we encourage you to contact our team today.
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