Skiff rental is a great way to enjoy the water without the hassle of owning and maintaining your own boat. You can rent a skiff for a few hours up to a full day. Some agencies own their fleets while others act as agents for owners. If possible, choose an agency located near your destination because they are more likely to have direct knowledge of the boats available and local waters.
You can rent a wide range of boats from skiffs, runabouts and pontoons to fishing and specialty vessels. Marinas and other rental outlets typically offer fishing boats, bass boats and pontoons, as well as personal flotation devices, tools, a first aid kit, life jackets and fuel. Some rental companies require that all guests be 18 years of age or older, and many have a credit card on file to cover damage, excessive cleaning and/or fuel.
To increase visibility, many boat rental businesses advertise on travel and tourism websites and listing pages. These sites often take a large sales commission, but the increased traffic can be worth it for a small business looking to expand its customer base.
Another effective method for increasing the reach of a boat rental business is through partnerships. These can be formed with other operators at the harbour/water-site, neighbouring businesses and water leisure activity clubs and organisations. These partnerships help to boost the brand of the new business and accelerate its acceptance in the local community.