​Boat rental with GetMyBoat – the AirBnB of boating

Paddleboard (sup), pontoon boats and jet ski rentals

I'm on a boat. I'm on a boat. Everybody look at me cause I'm sailin on a boat. Now you can too.

I'm on a boat. I'm on a boat. Everybody look at me cause I'm sailin on a boat. Now you can too.

When you buy a boat, they say the best day is the day you buy it and the second best day is the day you sell it. Whether it’s terrifying depreciation, mooring fees, cleaning fees and/or maintenance fees, there’s something to put dread into many buyers of anything larger than a small fishing boat. There’s also the issue that boats need to be used regularly lest the hulls turn into fully-developed, barnacle-fueled ecosystems – but renting and lending them out can be a liability and risk-laden nightmare.

So it’s worth taking a look at GetMyBoat which acts like AirBnB for boats.

It has 62,000 watercraft worldwide with some 2,000 of them being in Australia. It includes cruisers, paddleboards and jet ski rentals which cost $10 to $10,000 – so a more diverse choice than a surf shop.

You can find the app here or make wish lists for boats online here.

Aww yeah. Get your towels ready it's about to go down.
Aww yeah. Get your towels ready it's about to go down.

In addition to dinghy rental there are experiences like Sea Lion and Shark Cage tours at prices that are lower than regular experience sites. There are also sailing lessons and romantic overnight yachting experiences.

I'm the king of the world, on a boat like Leo If you're on the shore, then you're sure not me-oh.
I'm the king of the world, on a boat like Leo If you're on the shore, then you're sure not me-oh.

GetMyBoat also now offers insurance plans too.

Being able to rate and review renters and leasers is definitely a boon for what is otherwise a complicated rental market. Regular usage and a good reputation is likely to make leasing even easier over time.

What really impressed us was that you can use the app to hire the legendary, “I’m On A Boat” boat from the Lonely Island video (warning sweary), albeit for $2275 per hour.

Hey ma, if you could see me now, arms spread wide on the starboard bow. Gonna fly this boat to the moon somehow...
Hey ma, if you could see me now, arms spread wide on the starboard bow. Gonna fly this boat to the moon somehow...

It’s worth remembering that boat licenses vary from State to State in Australia and the rules of the big blue watery road are slightly different.

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