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Old 10-19-2020, 12:18 PM   #1
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I am interested in renting my 21’ Bowrider to people on the lake this spring/summer. I have been using the website GetMyBoat and have found quite a bit of success in a different location last summer. Has anyone tried this before (or know anyone who has tried this before) on Lake Winnipesaukee? What would be the best location to do so if I’m residing near Wolfeboro? Any advice is appreciated.

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Old 10-19-2020, 12:38 PM   #2
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How does liability insurance fit into this? Just curious.
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Looks like GetMyBoat recommends you get a Lloyds Of London policy for liability and damages...

I would def be concerned that the people renting do not have their SBC as well!

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Looks like GetMyBoat recommends you get a Lloyds Of London policy for liability and damages...

I would def be concerned that the people renting do not have their SBC as well!

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Yes - liability was somewhat worrisome to me. Went through a partner insurance company and am allowed to do 30 days of peer-to-peer (that is enough for me because this is just something I do on the side). All renters have license verified but I will offer to captain for them if they would prefer or don't have license.

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Yes - liability was somewhat worrisome to me. Went through a partner insurance company and am allowed to do 30 days of peer-to-peer (that is enough for me because this is just something I do on the side). All renters have license verified but I will offer to captain for them if they would prefer or don't have license.

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Yes - 25GT 6 pack

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Old 10-19-2020, 03:29 PM   #7
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I know a couple people that work at a marina that does rentals and the amount of damage those boats sustain over the course of a season is staggering.
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I know a couple people that work at a marina that does rentals and the amount of damage those boats sustain over the course of a season is staggering.
I have definitely heard those horror stories. Luckily I haven't had anything serious happen yet. I thoroughly inspect the boat before and after each trip and only do 2-3 trips a week.
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I know a couple people that work at a marina that does rentals and the amount of damage those boats sustain over the course of a season is staggering.
Why not sell the boat, with a "nod" to buying it back?

(Minus dollars for wear, tear, "paper" expenses, and of course, the rental fee).
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So you give, say, $100,000 to a stranger and ask for $105,000 back, if it doesn't blow overboard. Your insurance says,"No nO No. We don't do that." His insurance says, "You don't have "insurable interest" even if they issued a short term policy (which nobody does), because you bought coverage without full disclosure. I don't care how smart your lawyer is, the insurance companies have been here before and they know how to handle it. DENIED. The renter's credit card will not handle a $100,000 total sinking.
The only reason to rent from an individual is to save money. The reason the rental companies charge more is because they know what they are doing.
Individual rental is either dumb or stupid. Pick your word.
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I would be hesitant to do this on a lake like winni between all the nav hazards and shear volume of people on the lake. It would seem that the risk would be much greater. On a smaller lake, with less hazards and less people I could feel a bit more comfortable although I would hate to think about what would happen to my boat while someone is renting it. I work in the const equipment rental industry and I know how my machines get treated and it would make me cry if it was my personal property haha!
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I have definitely heard those horror stories. Luckily I haven't had anything serious happen yet. I thoroughly inspect the boat before and after each trip and only do 2-3 trips a week.
To me I would think the risk far outweighs the reward. One renter can do significant if not season ending damage to a boat.
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I would be hesitant to do this on a lake like winni between all the nav hazards and shear volume of people on the lake. It would seem that the risk would be much greater. On a smaller lake, with less hazards and less people I could feel a bit more comfortable although I would hate to think about what would happen to my boat while someone is renting it. I work in the const equipment rental industry and I know how my machines get treated and it would make me cry if it was my personal property haha!
Thanks for the input. I may start out with only offering to charter. We will see. Luckily, I can screen customers and the site lets me secure a good deposit, so I am pretty comfortable with renting to qualified people.
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Thanks for the input. I may start out with only offering to charter. We will see. Luckily, I can screen customers and the site lets me secure a good deposit, so I am pretty comfortable with renting to qualified people.
Have you actually given any thought to where you (and the renters) would be if the WORST type of boating accident happened during your rental?

This makes NO SENSE!

If you need another job, go get one.
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I can think of a million reasons not to do this....

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Have you actually given any thought to where you (and the renters) would be if the WORST type of boating accident happened during your rental?

This makes NO SENSE!

If you need another job, go get one.
Yes I have, but I would like your input. My question is not if I should do this, but rather best practices for when I end up doing it. Any advice is appreciated.
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If you remember the thread of a few months ago where 5 or so people were pulled from the water on a stormy day--a friend of mine is a FD volunteer--it was a rental and the captain's first time piloting a boat. He and all his passengers jumped in for a swim simultaneously. No, they did not use the anchor.
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Thanks to all for your replies.
Here are my takeaways from the discussion. Perhaps offering my boat only for charter--captained by me--is the best route to take. Sure, the extra income offsets marina and fuel, but it's not a job that I need. Sharing my passion for boating with others is what I enjoy most. I do not see the harm in doing this if I am insured and licensed. I guess "renting" was the wrong phrase to use. I appreciate all your help and will let you know how it goes!

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You may have a passion for boating but your renters will have a passion for breaking your boat and landing you in court!

Let us know how it goes or maybe we'll just wait for the "story at 11" newscast.
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There's a distinct difference between chartering, where you are in control of your vessel and the passengers, and renting, where the renters are in control of your vessel and their passengers.

The former could work, but the ROI will most likely be very low after all the extras—insurance, fuel, overall wear and tear on the vessel, etc. Still, the risk is much less.

The latter is a recipe for disaster, as others have stated.

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I realize my post was a bit harsh. Your responses reflect a calm, thought-out ownership of the problem you face.

I have seen the consequences of many boat rental accidents- financial and otherwise. Everybody is always sorry, but that never got them anything.

Think's summary is well stated.

Best of luck with this!
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Then make sure you come with it as the captain...
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Geico and Boat US have teamed up to offer a rental service through them which includes insurance. The bad news is that the insurance is with Geico...a low cost insurer that is known for not paying claims...Thus their low cost...

https://www.boatsetter.com/boatus?ut...tter_september
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I know this from my profession.
When the worst happens. Everyone involved no matter who you think your friends with, what contract someone signed, what release you have, will bring litigation against every party even remotely involved.
We are a country of laws, not a country of justice.
Jury’s award money daily against normal reasoning. Pictures of injuries ,especially injuries to children make them sympathetic. I’m 56 years old my childhood friend from kindergarten she was killed by a propeller on an outboard engine when she was 16
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Geico and Boat US have teamed up to offer a rental service through them which includes insurance. The bad news is that the insurance is with Geico...a low cost insurer that is known for not paying claims...Thus their low cost...

https://www.boatsetter.com/boatus?ut...tter_september
We have Geico boat insurance.
Few years back, we were introduced to the witches, before I purchased the Garmin. Geico paid for a new lower unit, no questions asked. I did not have to lift a finger.

Just my experience.
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My niece and her husband are in Freedom Boat Club and I have had much experience with them going in their boat at different locations. I observed many situations that seemed sketchy with other members of FBC handling their rental boats. As with actual boat owners with their boats, some captains are competent, some not.

Your 21' bow rider seems like a reasonably good fit for a rental. Last summer we took our boat to Wolfboro on a fairly busy day. I always put our boat as close to the bulkhead as possible (bow out) to avoid being hit by folks backing out. An older gentleman was attempting to back out a very large pontoon rental boat. He was scaring everyone. While I was helping one boater quickly untie his boat so he could escape, my son jumped on the swim platform of a stranger's boat to avoid a catastrophe between those 2 boats. Many were yelling instructions to this guy, but the real scary part was the speed at which he was proceeding. Somehow my son was able to fend him off without damage.

21' bow rider good, big pontoon boat bad- as far as rentals go.

Good luck with your idea. I believe if you vet the captains closely enough you will be fine. We have rented boats in Florida and it has been win/win for us and the agencies.
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