What Are the Qualifications to Get Rental Boats?


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Requirements for renting boats vary from state to state and even by country, but most require renters go through a safety education course or produce a boating education certificate. The boat rental company is responsible for providing the safety course to renters before letting them out on the water.

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Rental companies generally have to go through the operation of the boat, use of safety gear including vests and local boating regulations. Some states limit the horsepower of a boat that can be rented by a private individual. Other countries may require a specific license to operate certain watercraft, such as a day skipper license for operating a powerboat.

Those planning on chartering a larger boat or yacht may want to hire a skipper to operate the craft so they can relax and enjoy the outing.

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