6 Luxury Boat Rentals in Boston

Ariane Vigna | April 28, 2021 | Lifestyle

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Bostonians know the best way to relax is to spend some time on the water. The city boasts a rich maritime tradition, with dozens of boat rental spots for ocean lovers to head off the dock for some exercise or just to admire jaw-dropping skyline views.

Whether you’re planning an athletic sailing escapade on the Charles River or a romantic sunset cruise near the harbor, these six rental companies have the perfect boat for you. From extravagant yachts to high-end sailing boats, get ready to feel the sun on your skin and the sea breeze in your face as you explore Boston's waterways.

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Sunset Yacht Rentals


Located at Marina Bay Quincy, Sunset Yacht Rentals offer luxurious tours of the historic Boston Harbor and islands from elegant yachts with complimentary water toys. The company’s star is the 103-foot Trilogy, with custom hourly charters that’ll show you around Georges Island, Peddocks Island and the historic Boston Light, among other beautiful sites. The yacht motorboat is led by a captain and crew, and comes equipped with a full-beam, luxurious master suite and two VIP staterooms, plus a large foredeck spa pool, tub and sun pads. The interior features a sectional sofa, a table with chairs and a bar with stools. There’s also a fully-equipped kitchen, exterior dining areas in the upper deck and stern, and a barbecue grill on the upper deck, so you can take in breathtaking sights while enjoying a delicious meal.

Boston Sailing Center


If you’re up for a challenge, the Boston Sailing Center has got you covered with its fleet on Lewis Wharf in the heart of the city. Rent a vessel and sail yourself around the historic waterfront, harbor islands, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and the entirety of Cape Cod. Need a little preparation before your expedition? The venue offers memberships with navigation classes, so you can practice all you want before venturing on the water. Boat charters are also available.

Boston Electric Boats


Head off the dock with an eco-friendly boat rental and charter service located at India Wharf Marina in Boston Harbor. Boston Electric Boats lets you get adventurous and take the wheel: it’s called a “Be Your Own Captain” rental—and no boating license is required. With a top speed of 6 mph, the boat is easy to operate. If you don’t feel comfortable taking the lead, you can opt for a captain-provided charter. Just sit back and relax as a licensed captain cruises you around the harbor. The boat has comfortable seating, a canopy for shade, and an open deck for sun with a window enclosure that can be unfurled on cooler days.

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Boston Yacht Charters


Established in 1989, Boston Yacht Charters offers yacht charters and crewed boat rentals, specializing in corporate events, weddings, bachelorette parties, birthdays, harbor tours, custom excursions and more. The company has private yachts, mid-size and large vessels, as well as sailing boats to let you navigate Boston Harbor, Boston Harbor Islands, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and beyond.

City Experiences


The compant's Boston fleet includes luxurious boats such as the Boston Odyssey, the Spirit of Boston, and the Majesty, among others. With capacity for hundreds of guests, you can host a large celebration with stunning views on the city’s historic harbor.

Boston Charter Boats


Boston Charter Boats has a range of options for your next outing. The company offers a range of powerboats for 12 to 100 guests, as well as sailboats, fishing and lobstering boats. For a family excursion on the water, you can try the 33-foot Bluefin, a fishing machine with a captain and crew that will guide you through the fishing process. If you’re looking to entertain, the Seaport elite can welcome up to 150 guests and boasts an open-air roof deck and dance floor, so you can host the elegant party of your dreams.

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