Boat Owner Questions and Answers

What is

RentABoat is a marketplace for boat owners to list their boats for rent and make money by sharing the boating lifestyle and experiences with those who yearn the same but do not own a boat. Our user-friendly online tools make it easy to list your watercraft, manage rental requests, and make money. With RentABoat, YOU are in complete control. You set the price, availability, rental requirements and you choose the payment method. Please see your payment options below.

Are you interested in listing your boat? You can try all of our features by using our DEMO facility. To sign in, use "DEMO" as a username and "DEMO" as the password.

What advertisement methods can we choose?

Percentage: This is the default payment method. When a client request to rent your boat using our platform the renter pay's a online transaction fee. As low as 5%. The lowest in the industry. Boat owners do not pay any fee's. Though they are asked to deduct this fee from the listed boat rental price. For example: Boat rental price minus RentABoat's online booking fee equals amount paid to boat owner.

Please note all rates and terms are negotiated on a case-by-case basis, though our default rate starts at 15% and can go as low as 5%. You can, and should require additional deposits or fees from the renter.

Per transaction: Another option is a online transaction fee. When a client requests to rent your boat the charge is a set online fee. (This fee is be negotiated) For example, Boat rental price minus RentABoat's set online transaction fee equals the price due at the boat rental location. You can also require additional deposits or fees.

Pay per click: In this scenario, your boat will have its own page with your contact information. If you have a website, there will be a link that directs potential renters to your website. When a potential renter clicks on your profile they will be directed to your website or directed to your page. When a renter clicks and is linked to your website you will be charged a per-click fee.

Display Ad: Another option is to pay a monthly ad fee and receive a page with your boat's information, price and direct contact information. Boat renters will be able to rent through you rather than with our reservation calendar. If you have a website we can add a link that directs potential renters there. Are you interested in using our Display Ad method? Sign in using "DemoAd" as a username and "DemoAd" as the password to view a demo Display Ad listing.

Please note all rates and terms are negotiated on a case-by-case scenario. Email for more information.

How does make money?

As described above, the boat owner or renting facility will choose a preferred payment method. Please note, the default payment method is percentage advertising. If percentage advertising is not your preferred payment method please view our other options above and contact us at

How do I get my boat on

It’s easy. Simply enter your name, email and password on our List Your Boat page. Once signed in, you will be asked to provide your boat’s information and upload photos. This information will be used to list your boat on our site and submit the sales information to Google. List your boat

Who can list boats on this site?

Any boat owner can list their boat on this site. Most are independent boat owners who want to earn some extra income from their boats and boating experience. We also invite boat rental companies and yacht charter companies to sign up for a wholesale account. If you have sub-brokers, our dashboard allows brokers access to your listings either as Admins or Users. We created this feature for boat renting facilities/yacht charter companies that have multiple brokers leasing their vessels.

What fees do boat owners/boat renters have to pay?

None! Boat owners do NOT pay any fees. No membership fee's. is not a club. No annual or monthly fees are involved. Boat owners choose their desired payment method. Boat renters pay the RentABoat online rental request transaction fee, and that is it. This fee starts at 15% and can go down to as low as 5%.

Do I have to use the reservation Calendar?

No. We can direct clients directly to your website or to your Display Ad on for a negotiated fee.

Can I trust a stranger with my boat? Can I be on the boat with them?

We do a client/customer rating system that allows the boat owner to review information on potential renters before allowing them to rent your boat. If you do not feel comfortable you have the right to deny any boat rental. After renting your boat you will be asked to rate renters based on your experience of renting to them. You also have the option to require a captain and supply a list of captains you trust. Please note the capain must be paid by the bareboat charterer (Renter) and can not be included in the bareboat charter price. You can require renter-side insurance. Renter-side insurance can be purchased through any one of these two agencies ExInsurance Boat Rental Policy. Global Marine Insurance Agency.

How will boat owners get paid?

There are two options for boat owners to collect payment

Option 1: Boat owner collects payment. This is our default payment method. Boat owners collect payment directly from the renter. You are required to contact the renter and collect the remaining balance with whichever payment method you desire.

Option 2: collects payment. After your boat is reserved, we distribute the balance to you via check, wire transfer, PayPal, Venmo, or Zelle.

Can boat owners talk to potential customers before renting to them?

Yes, you must contact the potential renter after receiving the tentative rental request. We send all the renter’s contact information via text and/or email. The renter is sent your contact information as well.

What if the boat is not available when renters request it?

If you cannot fulfill the request, all online booking fees will be refunded. We encourage contacting the potential client to try to reschedule.

I have my boat on another website, why should I join

You have nothing to lose because it’s free. Boat owners can advertise their boats on our site risk-free with no maintenance fees. This allows you to expand your services to new customers. Our online tools allow boat owners to print boat rental receipts, contracts, rental reports, keep customer records, see live reservation calendars and administer different users. We are here to bring customers to YOU. Boat owners have nothing to lose by signing up with so why not give it a try! You can try all of our features by using our Demo portal. To sign in, use "Demo" as the username and "Demo" as the password. If you have a website, we can add a link that directs potential renters to your website. Are you interested in using our Display Ad method? Sign in using "DemoAd" as a username and "DemoAd" as the password to view a demo display ad listing.

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