Get My Boat: A new rental platform, for boats

AK Kid climbs to the upper viewing deck to spy for whales. Get My Boat offers options for day cruise vessels. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Get My Boat can be found worldwide for vacationers looking for vessels of all shapes, sizes, and configurations

An innovative rental company has cropped up in the Alaska tourism marketplace. Get My Boat gives Alaska visitors an opportunity to search for vessels of all shapes and sizes in a variety of locations, then book for a few hours, a day, or overnight.

It’s difficult to talk about an Alaska vacation without water somehow figuring into the conversation. Our large and lovely state has almost 7,ooo miles of coastline, much of it accessible to boaters of all kinds. Plus, Alaska’s waterways are home to so many iconic species of mammals, fish, and birds; who wouldn’t want to get as close as possible? 

Get My Boat rentals can include kayaks and SUP options. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Here’s how it works: 

Pick a location. Alaska’s Southeast region is a popular area for multi-day boating adventures into the quiet coves and secluded inlets. Looking for a fishing trip from Anchorage? Pick a day voyage from Whittier, Seward, or Homer. Interested in a quick paddle on a sunny day? Grab a kayak or canoe and visit one of Alaska’s public use cabins on a lake. Nice. 

Choose the style of vessel, ranging from a small fishing boat you pilot yourself to a fully-chartered, multi-day excursion with a captain. There are even Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP), canoes, and kayaks (a nice option for visitors or people like me wanting to try before we buy). You can even choose a day cruise or water taxi. 

Pick a price range. Similar to other vacation property rentals, Get My Boat has a sliding price tool to help narrow your options. Some vessels rent by the hour, others by the day, and pricing will be affected by the addition of a captain and/or crew, and your group size. 

However, boating in Alaska is different from other coastal locations, but Get My Boat takes every effort to make sure potential guests are made aware of the special situations that can arise in the narrow channels, moraines, or reefs present around Last Frontier waterways. I’d also recommend anyone boating in Alaska, experienced or not, takes time to read the Alaska Office of Boating Safety’s tips and regulations. 

If you’re traveling to other parts of the world and would like to investigate boating opportunities in one of the 184 countries served by Get My Boat, take a look. Hawaii? Yep. Mexico? You know it. Italy, maybe? Now that would be a vacation. 

Anchors aweigh!

~EK 

 

 

 

 

 

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