Frequently Asked Questions

Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) help answer most questions about renting or chartering one of our boats. If after checking out these FAQs and your question isn’t answered – contact us!

General Questions

What happens if the weather is bad?

If there is poor weather during the rental period, we always guarantee that you can reschedule your rental and the credit will be applied to the later date. You don’t lose your rental or your money!  However, very often we find that the weather forecast is inaccurate or is specific to certain hours of the day and it’s best to check with us before your rental in regards to weather.

Full refunds will be issued if you cancel your booking with greater than 48 hours notice before your rental. Cancellations with less than 48 hour notice will have a “store credit” only. LIBR does not offer refunds due to inclement weather or mechanical breakdown, we offer rebooking within the same season. If the weather is deemed inclement or there is a mechanical issue, there will be a ““store credit” on file for the unused rental time, to be used on a future rental during the current season. Please take this into account if you are coordinating guest schedules, visiting from out-of-town or do not have plans to return during the same season, there are no refunds for inclement weather for any reason.

How many people can I bring on the boat?

Each boat has a capacity listed for the number of people that the boat is capable of holding when rented without a captain.  Our 21′ boats accommodate up to 8 passengers, the 27′ Sea Ray can accommodate up to 10 passengers. Any boats/yachts chartered with a captain has a 6 passenger maximum, no exceptions.

Can I bring a dog aboard the boats?

No, for the safety of the dog we do not permit dogs on board our vessels.

What time should I arrive?

We always recommend arriving 10-15 minutes prior to your rental.  Once you book, you will receive a confirmation email with more information in regards to anything you need to be aware of prior to the rental. When you arrive, text 516-761-0840 your name and we will let you know when you can proceed to the dock.  Clients must stay in or near their vehicle until we text you your boat is ready.  Clients must practice social distancing and wear a face mask in the lot and on the dock.

Do you have parking on site?

Yes. We have a private parking lot at Inspiration Wharf.

Yacht Charter – Questions

How long can I charter a yacht for?

Private Yacht Charters are booked hourly with a minimum of 4 hours and can operate after dark and outside normal rental boundaries such as NY Harbor.  The Alden must be booked for a minimum of 5 hours on weekends.

What is included in the rates?

Rates for Yacht Charters include the cost of the captain but exclude fuel costs, which will be determined by the end of the voyage or can be built into the price, provided a destination/itinerary. There is no fuel cost on the Alden.

Are food and beverages provided?

Boats will always have cold waters on board.  Ask us about provisioning the yacht with food and/or beverages for you, for an additional fee!  Otherwise, you’re welcome to bring your own food, beverages and/or alcohol. We recommend easy-to-eat foods for convenience while the boat may be in motion.

Boat Rental – Questions

Do I need a boat license to drive?

In New York, boat rentals do not require you to hold a NY Boating Safety Certificate (informally referred to as boat license) but it is recommended.  However, Long Island Boat Rentals has our own set of knowledge & experience requirements in order to rent.

What are the L.I.B.R. knowledge and experience requirements?

In order to rent our 21′-27′ boats without a captain, we require experience driving boats 21′ or larger in coastal waters, knowledge of navigation rules, the U.S. Aids to Navigation System and essential markers, safety procedures and experience navigating using marine GPS. Lake boating, kayaking or jet ski experience is sufficient to rent the 13′ Boston Whaler only. The Hobie Wave requires sailing experience.

If you book online HAVE NOT RENTED from LIBR before, the boat operator MUST CALL 516-761-0840 within 48 hours after booking online to discuss their prior boating experience or we may cancel the reservation.

Where can I go with the boats?

Rentals must stay within the Western Long Island Sound. The rental area boundaries are LaGuardia Airport / Throgs Neck Bridge to the west, Smithtown Bay to the east and Norwalk, CT to the north.  We will review the boundaries at the time of your rental.

Is the boat filled with fuel? Do I have to pay for fuel?

Your rental boat will come with a full tank, or more-than-enough fuel for your rental. Renters are responsible for the cost of the fuel consumed during the rental. At the end of each rental our dock-staff check the exact amount of fuel consumed and will let you know the total amount. No need to waste time going to the fuel dock or at the pump, fueling the boats is included to save you time and effort!

What is the average price of fuel consumed?

We can never predict exactly how much you will consume however On a 5-hour boat rental, the average cost of fuel is anywhere from $25-150. Fuel costs are very dependent on the size of the boat, number of passengers, distance of travel, water sports activities and the weather. 

What is included on the boat?

When you rent from us we provide everything you need so the boat is turn-key and ready to go! All boats will include life vests for all passengers, Garmin EchoMap GPS, Bluetooth Stereo, all required US Coast Guard safety equipment, VHF Radio, First-aid kit and Siren Marine tracking units.

Are there discounts for renting multiple times?

Yes. We offer a 15% discount when you rent 5 times or more in one season. We will review your past 4 rentals and take the 15% discount off each and apply it to your 5th rental. 

What happens if I damage the boat during the rental?

When you sign the rental agreement you are responsible for any damages to the boat exterior, motor, propellor, skeg and upholstery. We may take a damage deposit of up to $5000 after inspecting the boat in the water. If we need to tow the boat or pull the boat from the water the client is responsible for that cost as part of the damage deposit. We may find additional damages upon pulling the boat from the water that were not apparent at the end of the rental. After a thorough inspection we will inform you of the damages. Please note, at this time, we do not charge for lost rental time for the next renter due to previous client damages.

Can I bring alcohol on the boats?

Definitely, as long as the driver isn’t drinking it! Please note the US Coast Guard and Bay Constable are always on patrol. They can board the boat at anytime and perform a sobriety check.

What are the laws in regards to Boating While Intoxicated (BWI)?

The same legal limits apply on boats on the water and cars on the road. Please note the US Coast Guard and Bay Constable are always on patrol. They can board the boat at anytime and perform a sobriety check.

Can I do water sports on the boat rentals?

Watersports are permitted with written consent of Long Island Boat Rentals.

What time should I show up for my rental?

Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your rental. When you arrive, text 516-761-0840 with your name and we will let you know when you can proceed to the dock. Clients must stay in or near their vehicle until we text you your boat is ready. Clients must practice social distancing and wear a face mask in the lot and on the dock. 

What happens if I am late for my rental?

Not a problem, but please notify us if you’re running late. However, the boat does have to be returned at the stated end time of the rental. Rentals that return to the dock late may be charge a late return fee.

What happens if I bring the boat back late?

We do have late fees that apply for rentals that are more than 5 minutes late.