Boat Rental Checklist

Are you visiting Lake Havasu this summer? Don’t miss out on the great boating opportunities. We’re telling you 5 things to know before you rent a boat.


So, you’re ready to rent a boat on Lake Havasu?

Before you go, you need to make sure that you’re going to be safe by staying informed.

We can help with that. These are the five things you must know before you rent a boat.

Let’s jump in!


  1. Learn the rules of the water

Every state’s laws are different regarding boating regulations. If you’re visiting, you need to understand the requirements in Arizona—even if you know what’s allowed in your state.

Thankfully, the State of Arizona has published an in-depth guide to boating regulations. It contains everything you need to know, from overloading numbers to required safety measures.]


  1. Prepare for the weather

Before you rent a boat, you need to do some research and understand what the weather is going to be.

That probably goes without saying, but many renters don’t realize how long they will be on the water. Temperatures in Arizona’s dry climate can change dramatically from noon to evening, and you need to prepare.

If it’s going to be sunny around midday, be sure to bring sunscreen. It’s also a good idea to find a boat that has a canopy for shade.

For the evening, you’ll need to encourage guests to bring a light jacket. Even if the temperature doesn’t warrant it, the breeze on the water may feel chillier than expected.


  1. Decide who’s going to be driving

It’s easy to rent a boat, but it might be harder to decide who’s going to be driving.

Understand that the primary driver needs to have experience. This isn’t merely driving experience, but knowledge about the wake and speed required for safe operation.

The primary driver also needs to manage the other passengers and ensure they have a safe voyage. A basic grasp of safe speeds when passengers are on the gunwales, bow, or transom are essential as well.


  1. Plan food before you rent a boat

No matter how long you’ll be on the water, you’re going to need to bring some food.

It’s even more important if you’ll be doing something active, like tubing or jet skiing.

Bring something that’s easy to eat, like finger food snacks. It’s also important to have some way to dispose of trash on the boat, like a plastic bag you can take ashore when you’re finished.

Also, consider bringing a cooler for drinks. But remember—it’s against Arizona law to drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol.


  1. Decide the type of boat to rent

Before you rent a boat, you need to know what kind of vessel you want. This will depend on your needs.

If you’re looking for a nice relaxing voyage with family members and friends, you’ll probably want a nice pontoon boat.

For touring purposes, you’re going to have the best time with a deck boat that provides plenty of room for passengers to take in the surroundings.

Whatever your purpose, there’s a boat that will work perfectly for you!