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Boat Sharing – The New Trend in Boating that Benefits Boaters and Boat Owners Alike

Boat Sharing – The New Trend in Boating that Benefits Boaters and Boat Owners Alike

Renting a boat while you are on vacation (or looking for something cool to do in your own backyard) recently received a facelift. It no longer means you are on a crowded, non-intimate commercial tour boat shoulder to shoulder with 15 strangers…now it’s more like heading out on the water with only your crew and pretending to own an awesome boat for a few hours, the day or even longer!

The sharing or “gig” economy, with the monumental success of giants like AirBnb and Uber, has spread its reach into all aspects of industry and the boating world is no exception. Boat sharing is the new trend taking the multi-billion dollar boating world by storm. Boating used to be exclusive to those with the financial means and desire to own a boat. Boat ownership, although personally rewarding to boating enthusiasts, was never considered to be fiscally beneficial.


Miami-Boat-Rental-Sailboat by Boatsetter


All that has changed! Boat owners can now “list” their beautiful privately-owned boats for rent and boaters have gained access to the amazing fun of boating with no ownership required. And, the complete circle lies in the captain network. By including a network of Coast Guard-licensed captains to choose from, boat sharing has connects all the dots and created a world where boating is now at our fingertips.

Why Boat owners love boat sharing: Statistics show that the average boat owner heads out on the water only about 14 days each year. To list on a good quality boat sharing website is free and boat rentals through with the top companies come with end-to-end insurance and the owner retains control of the price and calendar. The money generated from the rentals can be pay for dockage, upgrades, routine maintenance and fuel.


Party boat by Boatsetter


Why boat captains love boat sharing: It’s their passion and now they can do it on their terms. Boat captains (in almost every case) love driving boats and being on the water…but not all like the rigors of being away from home for extended periods and being at the beck and call of the owner they work for. Boat sharing lets them set sail on their own career path and make their own rules.

Boat sharing is the way boating will become available to anyone and everyone. From the brunch group with no boating experience who want to kick it up a notch to the boat owner who is on vacation away from the boat…it’s the perfect way to make the ocean your playground! (It’ s been said that boating is the new “Dinner & Drinks”).


Entertaining on a boat with Boatsetter


Now with Boatsetter renting a boat is as easy as choosing a boat in your location, opting for a captain (or deciding to be your own captain if you have relevant boating experience), and heading out into the wild blue yonder! (Epic sunsets? There’s no extra charge for those either!)

For all those interested in using Boatsetter for fishing, dining, cruising, sailing and more, please visit and find the boat that is right for your needs.

Jen SeitJen Seitz, is the Content Manager for South Florida-based, Boatsetter, the leader in the boat sharing category. Boatsetter has 3,500+ boats listed on at in top boating locales worldwide. With the largest network of Coast Guard-licensed captains and the best insurance available in the marketplace, Boatsetter is the best choice for boat owners, boat captains and truly anyone who wants to #JumpIn to the boating experience.

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Suze - Luxury Columnist

    It’s nice to hear that boat renting has just got a lot easier with this service

    • Carmen

      Especially for people like us that live on the water and don’t want to added expense of owning a boat.

  2. I’ve heard the saying that the happiest day of a boat owner is the day they buy the boat and the day they sell it. I think renting it would take care of a lot of the headache that comes with owning a boat. You are flexible and can try different boats for different occasions. Sounds perfect to me 🙂

  3. I had no idea that boat sharing is in trend now. I guess it makes things much easier for boat lovers
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  4. Boat sharing sounds like a good idea for relaxation and recreation. The brunch idea was a quality tip.

  5. Boat sharing sounds like a great idea! I’ll have to look into it next time I am near a beach. I love going out on the water, but I don’t think I could ever keep up with the costs of owning my own boat. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Boat sharing sounds like a genius idea. While you want to make sure your investment is safe, it sounds like fun and a financially smart decision as well.

    • Carmen Edelson

      I live in a area with most of my neighbors have boats and never used them. They are always complaining that their boats are broken, and have to spend tons of money to keep them going. This was the perfect solution for us. We get to use a boat whenever we want and return it without the worries.

  7. Hey Carmen ,

    This is such an amazing idea you shared with us.
    And I have a boat but, I have no time for use this and I thought this is waste of my time and money but your idea of sharing boat is fantastic and helpful for me and surely helpful for everyone who want to enjoy on water or who have their own boats and now they utilize their boats perfectly.

    Thank you
    Looking forward more posts form you.

    Warm Regards
    David M.Jackson

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks David! We belonged to a boat club for a year, and enjoyed taking the boats out when we wanted to go out on the water. No hassles or cleaning to do afterwards.

  8. This is an amazing idea! Thank you for sharing this. It is cool to see this sharing trend go across all industries like you said!

    • Carmen Edelson

      I know – it’s a great trend! Thanks for reading, McKenzie 🙂

  9. Wow, I’ve never heard of boat sharing, that sounds like so much fun! And it’s great for people who can’t normally afford buying a boat for personal use. Great post!

    • Carmen Edelson

      I know, it’s really fun and handy! Thanks for reading.

  10. john

    Thanks for a good read. 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson

      You are very welcome, John 🙂

  11. Great idea!! Boat picture sound good. Thanks for sharing your excellent thought.

    • Carmen Edelson

      You’re very welcome!

  12. Indeed, forming the Boatsetter is a revolutionary move in helping people achieve their dreams and be free. I do dream of becoming a captain and having my own boat. Thanks for this.

  13. I wish I can just live on the boat 365 days and forget about the worries in life. Thanks for this article, now, I can be able to achieve my dream at an affordable cost.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Very happy to share!

  14. It’s great that this kind of industry has started. It allows people that don’t have a lot of budget to experience and enjoy these amazing boats.
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    • Carmen Edelson

      I totally agree with you, Grace!

  15. Great and useful article.
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks for reading, James!

  16. Hey, Boat sharing is a great idea, Thanks for Sharing.

    • Carmen Edelson

      I think so too!

  17. Usually I never comment on blogs but your article was so convincing I could not stop. Awesome work.
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Wow I appreciate it 🙂

  18. thanks for sharing! nice blog!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thank you 🙂

  19. amazing blog! thanks for sharing

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