So you’ve decided to charter your boat and you’re not sure what to do next? Here are Book2sail‘s few helpful tips you might like to take into consideration.
1. Clean your boat
When you rent a boat, you can’t simply hand you’re paying guests the keys and expect everything to take care of itself. You need to carefully prepare your boat in advance. Making sure that your boat is clean upon your guests’ arrival is a must.
2. Create a Maintenance checklist
It’s important to give your boat a good once-over before each charter. Just like with cars, regular oil changes in boats are a must. Have a look at your owner’s manual to find out your engine’s recommended oil change intervals. Propellers should also be checked before each trip, especially if your boat has an outboard engine. Drawing up a maintenance checklist is an excellent way of making sure that you don’t miss anything. Once you have your checklist in place getting your boat ready for future guests will be a breeze.
3. Keep your boat well-equipped
Once your guests come onboard you want to make sure your boat is stocked up with all the necessities, including life jackets and fire extinguishers. Check that these are accessible and in full working order.
4. Protect your boat
We suggest you take out an insurance policy before you list your boat for charter. By taking out an insurance policy you’ll protect your boat, yourself as well as your guests! Providing your guests with insurance will provide you and your guests with peace of mind.
5. Don’t underestimate the power of a welcome gift
As a boat owner, you want to show your guests that you’re professional but that you’re also friendly and welcoming. So why not surprise your guests with a little extra something. Although this is not absolutely necessary, a box of chocolates, a basket of fresh local fruit or a few bottles of water accompanied by a personalized note are inexpensive welcome gifts which will go a long way.
Making sure that your boat is in tip top shape will ensure that your guests have a one-of-a-kind experience and that you get amazing reviews which will entice more holiday-makers to rent your boat.