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Planning a trip can be a lot of fun. While most people think about reserving a hotel room or maybe even dinner reservations in advance, they don’t often think about renting a boat in New Hampshire before they arrive. However, when traveling to an idyllic summer vacation spot like Lake Winnipesaukee, it pays to be prepared. New Hampshire boat rentals can go quickly, along with fishing tackle and fishing electronics in Wolfeboro. Depending on the time of year that you go, as well as the activities that you want to engage in while you’re there, the more you can do ahead of time, the better off you’ll be.
Boating Licenses in New Hampshire
Each state has different regulations and laws regarding the operation of a boat. Fortunately, New Hampshire only mandates boating licenses for anyone who operates a motorized boat that has more than 25 horsepower (HP). A license is also required for “ski craft” type vessels that are under 13 feet in length but can exceed 20 miles per hour. The state also requires a minimum age of 16 to operate these types of vessels and to obtain the boating license certificate. The good news is that there are options that may be accepted from other places and, if you do need to get the license, you can do some of it online.
Other licenses that are accepted in New Hampshire include:
- boating certificates issued by the US Power Squadron or US Coast Guard Auxiliary
- boating licenses issued by other State agencies that are NASBLA approved
- valid commercial boating licenses issued by the US Coast Guard or the State of New Hampshire
A temporary 14-day license is available for visitors. It can only be applied for once each calendar year, so if you come up to New Hampshire more than one time in a year, you might want to look into a regular license. Boat operators aged 16 years and older need to get at least an 80 percent on the test to pass. Failure of the test allows for a re-take on another date at least 24-hours later. Photo ID is required at the time of the test. Visit the New Hampshire Department of Safety website for a list of locations that will administer the test. Preparation for all testing can also be found on the Department of Safety website.
Why Rent a Boat
Having a boat while you are vacationing at Lake Winnipesaukee is a huge advantage, whether your goal is to go fishing or to just enjoy recreation on the lake. For anglers, consider also renting fishing electronics in Wolfeboro. At the NH Hole in the Wall, we have a variety of Wolfeboro video cameras for fishing that will help you land a whopper. Getting advice from the locals about the best fishing spots can be helpful, but nothing beats fishing electronics for finding the exact spot where the fish are hiding. In addition to fishing, there are other recreational rentals and sporting equipment options available at our Wolfeboro store.
Renting a boat is a lot easier than buying a boat and hauling it with you on vacation. There is no worrying about trailering, launching, parking, insurance, licensing, or issues regarding barnacles and invasive species. Plus, there are no monthly payments, storage fees, and maintenance. Renting a boat is the best option for people who want to get out on the water during their vacation, but likely won’t be boating at home during the rest of the year. However, we have had renters arrive that own a boat at home, but chose to rent on vacation instead. It can be a great way to try out a new type of vessel and see what you like.
Boat Types at the NH Hole in the Wall
We have a variety of motorized and non-engine type boats available if you are interested in renting a boat in New Hampshire. We have 13-foot 25 HP and 15-foot 60 HP Boston Whalers. We also have a series of Lund Aluminum boats ranging from 25 to 40 HP with an optional salmon package for fishing, complete with downrigger rods, life jackets, and more. Our newest motorized boats include a 16-and-a-half foot aluminum Lund Rebel XS 75HP and a 16-foot Lund Tiller 30HP. If you don’t want to have to get a boating license in New Hampshire, stick with the 25HP and under models. However, if you want to get a faster, more powerful experience, consider getting the 14-day temporary license for New Hampshire boat rentals.
If a non-engine boat is more your thing, consider our series of Classic Custom Rossiter Row Boats. We have a 13-foot and 17-foot Classic Crew Row Boat available. We also provide Old Town Canoes & Kayaks through the NH Hole in the Wall. Canoes are available in 12-foot and 17-foot Old Town Discovery series. Kayaks range between 10-feet and 13-feet. We also have a variety of Kypad paddleboards available for rent. You can see a list of prices and options on our website. Reserve your rental in advance to guarantee availability during your visit. We cannot guarantee prices or availability without a reservation.
Contact the NH Hole in the Wall by dialing 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) to speak with one of our agents. We can provide you with information about New Hampshire boat rentals, recreational rental options, and even fishing electronics in Wolfeboro. Our team of friendly and knowledgeable staff can answer your questions and offer more information about all of the options available for renting a boat in New Hampshire.