Should I Rent a Boat at an Event With Children?

If you’re looking to make an event an unforgettable one with your children, you might be considering renting a boat. Nothing says family fun more than spending time with your children on the water. However, maybe purchasing a boat outright isn’t within your budget. Boats can be very expensive, so buying one isn’t always an option for some people. Luckily, there is an alternative. You can always consider renting one.


If you're planning to rent a boat for an event, you need to budget accordingly. From renting the boat to catering the event, there are a lot of expenses to consider. Make sure to create a budget that suits your financial picture. As you budget, be sure to ask yourself what is wanted and needed. Cut out any unnecessary expenses, and read through the budget twice to make sure you don't miss anything. As for the boat, renting is far cheaper than buying. Keep in mind that the price of the rental depends on your area, the type of boat you’re looking to rent and how long you plan to keep it. In addition, you also have to factor in the cost of equipment, such as life jackets, and if you'll have a crew.

Staying Safe

Now that you’ve gotten everything figured out, it’s time to kick your plan into action and prepare. You want the event you’re attending to go smoothly, so the first thing you need to do is make sure you and your children stay safe. Boating is a fun activity for families, but you never know what could go wrong, especially if you have younger children. Therefore, you need to proceed with caution. It's advised that everyone, especially children, always wear a life jacket. In fact, it's advised that children younger than 13 should wear a life jacket.

Weigh the Pros and Cons

Even if you have your heart set on renting a boat with your children, there are some pros and cons to consider. Renting a boat isn’t the same as owning one yourself. Some people may find that not having to do boat maintenance enticing. However, the chance of a problem occurring is drastically increased. Children can be unpredictable, so you may want to think about the different temperaments of the children who will be attending the event before you decide if they are responsible enough not to get themselves into trouble on or around the boat.

Renting a boat for an event with your children is something they will remember forever. Just be sure that prior to setting sail, everyone feels the same way. Taking these precautions will help you and everyone else to have a great time at your event.

Here’s another article you might enjoy reading: How to Keep Your Children Safe on a Family Road Trip


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