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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. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Suze - Luxury Columnist
    February 29, 2016 at 9:32 am

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

    • Carmen
      February 29, 2016 at 11:39 am

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

  2. Maria
    June 4, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    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. Andra
    June 26, 2016 at 4:51 am

    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. Christina
    October 13, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Boat sharing sounds like a good idea for relaxation and recreation. The brunch idea was a quality tip.

  5. Brian
    November 1, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    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. Christina
    December 8, 2016 at 11:37 am

    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
      December 8, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      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. David M. Jackson
    March 31, 2017 at 7:50 am

    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
      April 2, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      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. McKenzie
    April 19, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    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
      April 21, 2017 at 11:03 am

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

  9. Heather
    June 27, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    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
      June 30, 2017 at 4:56 pm

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

  10. john
    April 9, 2018 at 3:32 am

    Thanks for a good read. 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 11, 2018 at 9:39 am

      You are very welcome, John 🙂

  11. Cardiff Cruises
    June 15, 2018 at 9:07 am

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

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 16, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      You’re very welcome!

  12. Lara Angler
    July 29, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    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. Jennifer Berkey
    November 24, 2018 at 10:52 am

    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
      November 25, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      Very happy to share!

  14. Grace Cortez
    March 8, 2019 at 12:33 am

    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
      March 13, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      I totally agree with you, Grace!

  15. James
    March 25, 2020 at 6:17 am

    Great and useful article.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      March 25, 2020 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks for reading, James!

  16. Somir
    February 2, 2021 at 6:13 am

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

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 2, 2021 at 4:51 pm

      I think so too!

  17. Boat Rentals Clearwater FL
    February 27, 2021 at 11:09 am

    Usually I never comment on blogs but your article was so convincing I could not stop. Awesome work.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      March 2, 2021 at 12:55 am

      Wow I appreciate it 🙂

  18. Captain Pete Albrecht
    April 24, 2021 at 4:23 am

    thanks for sharing! nice blog!

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 26, 2021 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  19. Ashley Vickers
    May 5, 2021 at 7:18 am

    amazing blog! thanks for sharing

  20. Alex Henson
    May 1, 2022 at 12:09 pm

    The term boat sharing is new to me. Thanks for the info.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      May 2, 2022 at 5:37 pm

      Always happy to share!

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