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Thinking about renting a boat when you come up to New Hampshire for a fun vacation on Lake Winnipesaukee? It’s a great idea, but you should take some time to think about the type of boat that you’ll want to get. The NH Hole in the Wall has a wide variety of boats, ranging from kayaks and canoes to Boston Whalers up to 75 HP. The more you learning about Lake Winnipesaukee boat safety and boating requirements, the easier it will be to learn how to rent a boat and just get out there to enjoy the water.
Get a Boating Certificate
If you plan to operate a boat that is more than 25 HP, you will need a boating certificate in New Hampshire. However, if you are operating a non-motorized boat, such as a rowboat or a canoe, you won’t need one. You also don’t need one if you rent a boat that is 25 HP or less, so keep that in mind. It is still a good idea to take the safety course online before you arrive or ask about a local safety course that will help you become familiarized with the type of boat that you want to rent. Our team can answer any questions that you might have about how to rent a boat, assist with reservations ahead of your visit over the phone, and point you in the right direction for that boating certificate, safety course, or fishing license to help streamline what needs to be done for your trip.
What Will You Be Doing?
We aren’t trying to get in your business, but the more you know about what you want to do while out on the lake, the easier it will be to pick the best type of boat. If you just want to quietly get out on the water and explore all of the coves, islands, and miles upon miles of shoreline, then you might be happy with a non-motorized option, such as a rowboat, canoe, or even a kayak. We also rent Kypads, which are a two-in-one option that features a kayak and a paddle board for flexible exploration of the local region. Some people enjoy a quiet fishing trip without all of the motor noises and sounds, especially if they want to fish near the weeds or around the islands. In that case, a canoe or rowboat might be a great choice.
For those who want to get way out there in the depths, try some all-day fishing, or get into some recreational sports, a high-speed powerboat might be the best choice. There is also a 25 HP option for our popular Lund Aluminum boat and Boston Whaler Super Sport that you can use to have a lot of fun without trying to handle too much power on your first outing. The number of passengers will also influence the type of boat that you want, so when you contact us for boat rentals in Wolfeboro, make sure to express your needs. Our team can help you get the best boat for fishing, recreational sports, cruising, sight-seeing, or just navigating your way around the lake to check out the restaurants, fairs, festivals, and towns.
How Long Do You Want to Rent?
When you speak with our team about how to rent a boat, we can provide you with pricing for a half day excursion, full day rental, or even a week-long booking. Just let us know how long you want to use our boat rentals in Wolfeboro, and we can help you make the arrangements. If you are coming during the busy vacation season or during a big festival or special event, try to reserve your rentals as early as possible. You don’t want to wait until the last minute just to find out that there’s nothing available. If you want to know how to rent a boat, get a boating certificate in New Hampshire, or learn about Lake Winnipesaukee boat safety, just make sure to speak with one of our team members when you call or visit.
Safety Gear is Important
There are a few things that you should bring along just in case of emergency. A fully-charged cellphone and back-up battery, a first-aid kit, an emergency safety kit, and flotation devices for everyone on board. You should also have bottled water for everyone on board, along with all of your gear and equipment. Whether you are fishing, water skiing, exploring, or just cruising the lake, you need to have at least the basic safety gear and equipment. A navigational map of the lake is helpful, and a GPS device would be even better. Believe it or not, people have gotten lost and turned around on this monster 71 square mile lake. It pays to at least pay attention to landmarks so you can find your way back to shore or have the tools you’ll need to get around without getting lost.
Contact the NH Hole in the Wall at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) to learn more about how to rent a boat and to hear our full list of available boat rentals in Wolfeboro. You can visit the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department website to read more about getting a boating certificate in New Hampshire or for tips on Lake Winnipesaukee boat safety and regulations.