How to list your boat
Have you ever thought of letting your boat pay for its own upkeep and mooring fees? Have you considered renting out your boat but weren’t sure where to start? Borrow A Boat now provides the platform to help you do just that. Create a listing for your boat on our marketplace and start receiving charter revenue right away. We welcome boats of all varieties and in all locations around the globe.
Before you list
We take safety concerns very seriously. Therefore we need to see a valid charter code compliance certificate, which is the annual safety certificate commercial boats need to hold. It covers the likes of life rafts, life jackets, flares and navigational equipment. We also need to see a valid commercial charter insurance certificate so if you hold just private leisure use cover you will need to upgrade to skippered or bareboat charter cover with your insurer. Ask us for recommendations in this area and we may be able to help. If you are based in the UK we would advise you to contact YDSA.
It is the responsibility of the boat owner to be correctly certificated for commercial activities based on local rules and regulations.
Before listing you might also consider preparing some photographs.
You set the rules
You can set the rules around who charters the boat and the rules on board.
You vet the charterers
Typically a Day Skipper qualification is what most boat owners will ask for. You can choose to set the bar higher if you wish, although it may reduce the number of enquiries and bookings, but it’s your decision.
You ultimately vet who can charter your boat; you can ask to speak to them, or see a sailing CV. If you are in any doubt you can refuse the booking.
Your rules on board
You can choose to set certain rules on board; for example, “no pets”, or “no groups”, or anything you decide. Feel free to add your own bespoke rules in the listing process and not be bound by the most common options. You can even decide to add a rule such as “only people from my sailing club”, or “only people I know personally”. This is your boat and your listing, so you are in complete control, and can list the boat on your own terms.
You set the price
You can choose what price point to set for your boat hire service. It’s worthwhile checking what comparable size boats are chartering for in a similar region. However, you can choose to charge a premium if you wish, or lower the price on your listing to increase the attractiveness of it.
You set the extras and options
During the boat upload process you will be presented with a series of optional extras. These can be anything from providing a skipper or host on board to SUP, kayaks or bedding and towels.
Block out dates for personal use
Block out dates when you don’t want the boat made available, should you want to sail the boat yourself on particular dates. After all it’s still your boat first and foremost!
Self managed charters: Facilitate all booking handovers themselves, including boat hand over, hand back, and cleaning Boat owner receives 80% of charter fee.
Local charter facilitation support: Request support of local charter company/boat manager to facilitate charters – handing boat over and cleaning. Handovers only will cost the boat owner £75 and handovers with cleaning will cost £125.
Local charter support with yacht management: We have a network of partners across various regions that can help facilitate your charters. You may want someone to meet the charterers, hand over the keys and give the boat tour, as well as take it back again and check it over. Or you may also want help with the cleaning of the boat between charters. This can all be arranged by us, subject to your location, and is paid for out of the charter fees. We can even offer full yacht management in some limited locations. This includes help with coding surveys, renewal, and yacht management including maintenance management and replacement of any failing parts. Ask for more details and availability in your area.
But what if someone has an accident while using my boat?
Most boat owners will ask for a damage waiver / security deposit to cover their insurance excess in the case that a claim has to be made due to damage to the boat. You will add this cost during the listing process.
Am I responsible if the borrower runs into trouble on the boat?
As the boat owner, you will be the borrower’s main point of contact throughout the booking process and while they are renting your boat. You may choose to become a member of a local marine breakdown assistance company so that they can help if a situation arises. Local support is available in certain regions for charter handover and facilitation.
Listing is free
We do not charge a fee for listing your boat for hire. Borrow A Boat recieves commission from every booking made through the platform.