Review these items when you get a booking inquiry from a renter, and you'll be all set to rent out your boat and earn income from its use. Take some simple precautionary steps to avoid any rental-related issues.
This list is not exhaustive, so feel free to add other items to your pre-rental checklist.
▢ Check local, state, and federal boating laws and regulations to ensure that you're in compliance.
▢ Verify that your watercraft's documentation is up-to-date and stowed in a safe, waterproof location. These include (but aren't limited to) licenses, maintenance records, towing memberships, marina memberships, emergency contacts, proof of insurance, and local charts and tides.
▢ Keep your vessel regularly maintained year-round.
▢ Ensure that your watercraft has all the necessary safety equipment under local, state, and federal laws.
▢ Test and verify all vessel systems, including lights, engine, bilge, navigation, battery, water intake, line/sheets, anchor, and steering.
▢ Check fuel levels.
▢ Document any pre-existing damage on the vessel.
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