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How do you rent a boat for a Virginia Beach vacation?

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Renting a boat for a vacation at Virginia Beach involves choosing the type of boat and boat rental agency, reserving the boat, and paying for it. It may also be necessary to prove your qualifications for navigating certain watercraft.

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Virginia Beach offers boat rental agencies such as Adventure Parasail, charter agencies such as Marine Concepts and individual boat owners. Usually, only small boats are available for renting because they require no prior experience to operate. However, it may be necessary to complete a safe boating course before renting.

Chartering is necessary for larger watercraft. A bareboat charter requires providing a nautical resume with boating qualifications. The resume should include information related to the type of watercraft you have navigated and any boating or sailing courses you have taken. Otherwise, it's necessary to hire a captained and crewed boat.

Both rental agencies and individual boat owners typically require a reservation and some sort of deposit. The deposit is usually refundable. From there, it's a matter of selecting the amount of time for the rental. Agencies with small boats, such as Adventure Parasail, allow renters to take their boats out for as little as one hour. Larger charter companies typically require at least a half-day rental.

Usually, both types of agencies, as well as individual owners, conduct walk-throughs both before and after renting out boats. The walk-through before the trip is to answer questions, while the post-trip walk-through is to check for damages.

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