Any boat owner can list his or her boat on a number of peer-to-peer sharing platforms that specialize in boats. The service takes a cut of the rental fee, and in exchange the parties involved can get third-party peer-to-peer boat rental insurance, safety and security checks, a secure payment system, and the ability to review ratings.

As a renter, you can search through the database by location or by type of boat and pick out any size or style you like—some of these services have tens of thousands of different boats available across the nation and even internationally—and learn about them before you ever step aboard. Then you connect with the owner to make sure you’re comfortable with each other, find out what sort of gear is aboard the boat and included in the rental, and other details. In many cases, you can also choose to hire a professional captain if you’d like. Then you book your date, and hit the water.

Age Requirements to Rent

Minimum ages depend to some degree on state laws where you’ll be boating but as a rule of thumb, in most places you’ll need to be at least 18 and most peer-to-peer platforms also facilitate rentals to legal adults, only. In some cases, age requirements may change if you hire a professional captain and won’t be running the boat yourself.


Peer to peer boat rental costs are dependent on the location, as well as the size, type, and age of the boat you’d like to rent. The range runs the gamut; you can find a dinghy rental in some places for as little as $25 a day, or you can rent a motor yacht or power cruiser that comes with a captain and costs thousands a day.

What You Need to Enjoy Your Peer-to-Peer Boat Rental

Boat sharing and peer-to-peer rentals are very similar to regular boat rentals in what you can expect once onboard. To learn more about what to pack and bring onboard for your rental, be sure to read our Renting a Boat: Boat Rental Guide.