Four Reasons Boat Owners Should Reconsider Peer-to-Peer Rentals
If you’ve ever considered renting out your boat but decided against it, now is the time to reconsider peer-to-peer boat rentals. Typical boat owner worries include renter irresponsibility, property damage and the lack of control associated with renting out your personal property. We’ve tried to put your mind at ease with this list of reasons to reconsider the idea of renting your boat.
The Benefits of Peer-to-Peer Boat Rentals
Peace of mind
Potential boat renters are pre-screened to reduce risk of damage to the boat due to negligence or irresponsibility on the part of the renter. Boat renters must complete a questionnaire and meet age requirements as well as have a valid driver’s license and at least two years of boating experience. Most states require anybody operating a boat to have a boating license.
Just like on sites like eBay, boat owner and renter reviews are posted for all to read. You can go in and check out what other boat owners have to say about a particular renter. Be prepared, the renters will be talking about you as well!
Earn extra income
One of the best reasons to rent your boat is the ability to earn some extra income when you’re not using the boat. Boats don’t make money just sitting at the dock. A deposit is required before any boat is rented. This covers situations like accidental damages or when a renter does not show up as scheduled.
The boat owner is in complete control
The boat owner can talk to the potential renter over the phone or meet with them ahead of time to go over any details or features of the boat. You may even want to take the renter on a test sail to make sure you both feel comfortable.
Professional captains are available for hire
Finally, if you just can’t give up complete control but would still like to rent your boat, you can always require that a professional and licensed captain be hired to operate the vessel.