10 places to rent powerboats and pontoons in upstate New York


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10 places in upstate New York to rent powerboats and pontoon boats

With the rise in insurance rates, fewer and fewer places are renting motorboats and pontoons these days. The following locations are still rented on Lake George, Erie Canal, Sodus Bay in Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River, Oneida Lake, Lake Champlain, Chautauqua Lake, Cayuga Lake and Lower Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks.

Enjoying Lake George

VSthe hic marina Bolton Landing is a popular place to rent boats on the lake with a fleet of over 50 Boston Whalers, Carolina Skiffs and Pontoon Boats. Many of the marina’s clients are campers on the islands of the lake. Boats are rented by the hour, by the day or for periods of 3 and 7 days. See a list of more places to rent boats on the lake.

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Erie Canal Cruise

Navigation in the middle of the lakes, based in Skaneateles, rents “boats on the canal” from its dock in Macedon, Wayne County. These boats vary from 34 to 42 feet in length. They can be rented for 3, 4 or 7 nights and offer a kitchen for cooking, toilets and a bed. Bed and bathroom linen, crockery and kitchen utensils are provided. You can also rent 2-4 bikes to explore during stops along the canal, said Aimée LaFever, the reservations manager.

Rental on Lake Oneida

Fisherman’s bay in Cleveland is the perfect place to rent a boat on this lake, according to several sources. The marina offers a fleet of 14 boats – 14 foot fishing boats with 8 hp. motors; Fishing boats from 15 to 17 feet, as well as pontoon boats that can carry up to 10, 12 and 14 passengers. Pete Reichardf, the marina manager, said he requires boat renters to be 21, have a credit card and a driver’s license – and “they have to complete the marina boat orientation process. . We go over the basic water rules. ”He said pets and grilling are not allowed on his boats.


“You have to be careful these days”

William Henner, owner of Bay Bridge Sports Store in Sodus Bay for the past 40 years said that insurance rates on boat rentals these days are quite high. It offers six pontoon boats and nearly twenty 14- and 16-foot motor boats for fishing, as well as a few rowboats. “You have to be careful who you rent a boat these days. We prefer people with boating experience. Some people have money in their pocket and don’t give a damn.”

St. Lawrence River (Alexandria Bay)

O’Brien’s U-Drive Boat rental at Alexandria Bay has a fleet of 20 boats for hire – mostly pontoon boats. “We have almost a dozen plus 3-4 fishing boats and 3-4 center console runabouts,” said TJ Bradley, the managing director. “When you go out we give you a map. You can go 6 miles one way, 7 miles another. We don’t want you to go too far. It’s a big river,” he said. . Boats can be hired by the hour, day or week.

St. Lawrence River (Clayton)

Clayton Marina at Clayton has a fleet of 13 boats – five pontoons of varying lengths and engine sizes; two 17-foot central consoles; several 19 feet (open bows) and a 14 foot aluminum fishing boat with a 9.9 hp engine. “We prefer that the person driving the boat is at least 21 years old, has a valid driver’s license, credit card and boating experience.” State law currently requires anyone born after May 1, 1996 to complete an 8-hour boating safety course before taking one.

Navigation on Lake Champlain

For Lake Champlain, Champlain Boat Works at Snug Harbor Marina in Plattsburgh offers a wide choice. Boating enthusiasts can hire pontoon boats, deck boats and 14 x 45 foot barges. The rental of the pontoon and decked boats can be done for half a day, a day, a weekend, a week or a month. A barge can be rented for a day, a weekend, a week or two weeks.

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If you are on Cayuga Lake

Fingerlakes boat rental. located in Levanna (just north of the village of Aurora) on the eastern shore of the lake offers 10 boats for rent: seven, Sea Ray bowriders, two 17½ and 21 foot pontoons and a 23 foot riverboat that can be rented up to ‘to one week for couples wishing to travel the Erie Canal. “We also deliver boats (for an additional travel fee) anywhere in the Finger Lakes,” said Holly Sheehy, who, along with her husband, Mark, owns the business.

Lac Chautauqua rental

Chautauqua Marina in Mayville, at the north end of the lake, offers “the largest rental boat fleet in western New York,” said owner Loy Clementi. The marina rents pontoon boats, ski boats, fishing boats, tubular skis and wave runners, kayaks and paddle boards. “All you need to rent is to be 21, have a driver’s license and have a major credit card,” Clementi said. See a list of more places to rent boats on Lake Chautauqua and Lake Erie in Chautauqua County.

Lower Saranac Lake – Adirondacks

The Saranac Lake Marina, located on Lower Saranac Lake, is one of two locations that rent boats on this scenic Adirondack waterway. The other is Ampersand Bay Resort and Boat Club. The shoreline around the lake is primarily state-owned and includes a number of island and coastal campsites. Saranac Marina rents pontoon boats, Lund fishing / camping boats and canoes. Ampersand Bay rents fishing boats and pontoons.

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