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Old 05-06-2009, 09:04 AM
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Hi,

Would you rent me your boat for 3-4 weeks in June?
I am a boat owner already (see attached photo of 22' NauticStar)
But my CC boat isn't suitable for a trip from Clearwater/Tampa area to the keys and back.
My wife and I have been planning this trip for quite sometime and had planned on renting a friends boat for the trip. But he sold the boat last week and now I am stuck.
My trip was to be a leisurely trip from Clearwater to the keys stopping at least every other night at a boatell or hotel with docking so we can sleep ashore, do laundry ETC. We may spend the night, or a few days at each location depending on the weather and how the place feels. We are in no rush and would like to fish when able.
I need to be able to spend a few nights on the boat so would require a head, galley and A/C . The boat would have to be 24-30' and a late model in good operating condition and will need good electronics GPS , Vhs radio Etc. and of course all the safety gear, anchors rode etc. ( we will bring our own fishing gear)
I am a retired and 63 years old, wife is 59 and we are responsible people. We can provide references if requested. We are not heavy drinkers or drug users.
I am fair weather boater and if the weather isn't perfect we will just stay at the hotel dock. This is to be a easy trip without a real need to be anyplace at any certain time.
I plan on using the ICW as much as possible and don't plan on going out of sight of land.
The deal I had was for a 29' Sea Ray Sundance with all the bells and whistles and I was to pay a fair agreed to weekly rate of $500.00 with a 3 week minimum and also put down a depoist equal to the amount of any deductible on his insurance, Just in case there was a problem.
I am a member of sea tow already and of course would pay for my own fuel and any normal service if needed.
Can you help me out? Any suggestions or thoughts. Do you know of anyone who would be interested.
Thanks
Don
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that's like asking someone to rent their wife.

and i think in some cases some guys would rather give you their wife than their boat.

good luck. all jokes aside, i am sure there are people out there.
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500 a week? I'd jump on anything anywhere close to that. Locally, Try more than 400/day for a pontoon boat. 700/day for a 21' center console.
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I think that your price is low for a boat capable of those needs. You might be better off trailering your rig down to Keys and spending your time around the islands on your setup.
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i'm thinking maybe he was joking
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That has to be a joke. $500 a week? You can't even get a place to stay for a day or so for that in the keys!
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Sure. It will be $180K for the first day, then only $1 per day afterwards.
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I'd say the first problem is that most boat policies would have exclusions about renting out your boat.
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I don't mean to throw water on your plan, but it is unrealistic to expect a private boat owner to charter you a boat for that price.

Although June is a fairly good month weather wise, don't down play that stretch of water. You have to go into open areas, which have a very long fetch and with even moderate winds can give significant seas. You would have to have a "Named operator" rider on the owner's insurance policy, which approved you on that boat for that peroid, and stating that it was a charter (which puts the insurance into an entirely different category). I agree that $500 a week is way low. You are off by a factor of 10! Go to Florida Yacht Charters--they have a Camano Nomad, a Grand Banks 32 and a Island Gypsy 32. These go for $561 a day--or slighty over $5000 for 3 weeks. Even then I am not sure that the Keys are in their navigational limits. I note that some of the Key charters even have a 25 mile navigational limit.
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$1500 for 3 weeks, that's a hell of deal you're asking for! Let me know if you find someone to rent a 30' boat at that rate because I will rearrange my vacation plans to take that trip.
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Im with fish n fool on that one ,hell for $500 a week ,you can sleep on the dock;?
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
$1500 for 3 weeks, that's a hell of deal you're asking for! Let me know if you find someone to rent a 30' boat at that rate because I will rearrange my vacation plans to take that trip.
I second that. I rented a 24 Dusky for $1100 a week in the Abacos and it wasn't nearly as nice as they boat you are mentioning. In St. Johns I paid $420 a day for a 25 Fountain that had to be back by 4:00. If this is a true price, jump on that. The deductible is probably only $1000, and you want be liable for that unless something happens. If it is more than that, then try to negotiate that down. If it is too high, then walk and trailer your boat down. If you are as responsible as you say you are, you shouldn't have to pay that. In the event something bad happens and the boat sinks, I wouldn't mind paying $1k for sinking someone's boat. Just my two cents.
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GEE Whiz Guys,
Quit jumping on me. I just told you the deal I had with my buddy. $500.wk would have made two months worth of payments for him. He just sold the boat for 34k.
Which was 4k short of what he owed.
I didn't mean to start some sort of war about what your boats are worth to rent, I was just asking for advice.
I have know idea what boat rental rates are, nor do I give a crap.
Just for your information you can rent a ton of places in the Keys in June for $1500.00 month including a dock.
Yeah I understand a 32' grand banks rents for $500+ a day. I wonder how many days its rented a month? I be willing to bet the guys going broke in this economy.
Around here you can rent a boat and a guide for $400 per day and he will bring the bait and gear and clean the fish.
I'm not sure that you can compare a Sea Ray with a Grand banks but thats not the point.
Right now boats are at a all time low in price and there are so many being repo'ed that they can't keep up with them. Nothing is worth what it was.
Again I wasn't trying to sound like a ass but was just stating my arrangements with a buddy.
The idea of the insurances and other legal things were not even thought of, but they are certainly real concerns.
I guess I will take the advice that said to tow my own boat down to Captiva, or the Keys and rent a place. It will be cheaper for me and nobody has to be insluted.
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all i said was little low, maybe tow your rig down and use her down there.......got a great place for you, has private bungalows and big private dock. MM72ish is in the middle of keys so you can trailer east ans west for fishin. White Gate Court, Lower Matecumbee and its a blast. Cook your own food, has great A/c units so its ice cold at night. Walk out your door barefoot, walk to boat and go.....
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I understand where you're coming from but as a boat owner I'd think you'd know that was a "little" low and that the risk is tremendous. I used to think that renting a boat for a few hundred $ a day was outrageous, after owning a few, I think it's pretty reasonable.. of course the difference is on a rental boat they ASSUME it will be damaged over time, renting someone's personal boat is a bit different.

Would you rent your own boat out for $500 a week ? What are you going to do 3 weeks later when the motor has 200 more hours on it, somebody accidentally sliced one of your factory cushions with a knife, they didn't know what the low oil pressure light meant, etc, etc, etc. The list goes on and on for the possible bad things that could happen...

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I think I understand where he's coming from...like of like those Priceline commercials with Captain James T. Kirk! I'm going to go out on a limb and say he's thinking someone might be looking for a little extra cash and might be willing to rent their boat out for a period of time. As one of my friends once said as he was trying to negotiate a better deal on his father-in-laws funeral, "it doesn't hurt to ask," thankfully, his wife stopped him before he did any damage!
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To answer your question..NOT A CHANCE
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It was worth a shot... Who knows, someone may still eventually bite on it. I know I can't stay at the Holiday Inn down the street for less than $650 a week.

You ought to just buy a boat capable of doing what you want, use it for the trip, then sell it for what you bought it for. Then you'll get it for free.
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You just might get a 16 foot aluminum with a 25 hp for that price
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Wooden, don't be so sensitive. You posed a foolish question and got about the appropriate response. To cry that now you're going to scrap your plans and make it sound like it's someone on this board's fault....c'mon. You were going to borrow your friends boat (not REALLY rent, BORROW) and he sold it - maybe your planning with the wife should have included the actual price of rental. Never looked into that?

Also, you give no evidence that you can captain a 30' cruiser - none. Any experience with storms in the keys? Have you even looked into insurance? What DID you plan? Obviously nothing about the boat part of the trip. You even asked for a "late model" cruiser!!!! that's funny.

That said, this is the worst place to ask! Try the Craigslists around the area you want. There are late 80's Sundancers selling for $15K and below - maybe $2-3k for a few weeks might look pretty good to some of those sellers. Run an ad and see. Heck, as was said, you could make a great deal on one, buy it, then sell it later for a $1-2k loss or less. I buy and sell boats for people and for these older boats (in good shape) that can be done.

Good luck. Change your plan a bit, but don't give it up. You just needto be more creative!

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