Can’t afford a boat? No place to store a skiff or Jet Ski? Take advantage of Long Island’s waters by renting from an outfitter. You'll want to call ahead for availability and an understanding of age and other requirements.
BRIDGE MARINE, 40 Ludlam Ave., Bayville, 516-628-8688, bridgemarinesales.com. Offers 18- and 20-foot powerboats, guided fishing expeditions, captain for hire, single and double kayaks, tubing, wakeboarding, launching ramp, ice, bait and tackle. clam bar, open noon-8 p.m., May 15-Oct. 3. Hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sun., rentals 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., weather permitting; closed Mon. except holidays. Season May-Oct. (weather permitting) Requirements older than 21 with boating experience for powerboats; driver’s license required.
LONG ISLAND BOAT RENTALS, 403 Main St., Port Washington, located on Manhasset Bay, 516-761-0840, liboatrentals.com. Requirements ages 18 and older, boating experience, driver’s license and credit card.
TED’S FISHING STATION, 143 Bayside Dr., Point Lookout, 516-431-4193, tedsfishingstation.com. Offers 16-foot skiffs with 8-HP motors, full and half-days. Gasoline, diesel fuel and oil, bait and tackle, snack bar, liquor, ice available. Rods and reels for rent. Clam bar, Memorial Day-Labor Day, 3 p.m. to closing. Hours Fees $175 full-day (7 a.m.-4 p.m.) includes life jackets for 4 and gas and brief lesson; $145 half-day (4 hours), $99 (2 hours). Pole rental $15. Requirements 21 and older, driver’s license.
THE WATERFRONT CENTER, 1 West End Ave., Oyster Bay, 516-922-7245, thewaterfrontcenter.org. A nonprofit community center for marine education and recreation. Offers Sailboat, kayak and standup paddleboard rentals from $26 an hour. Hours 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tue.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.
DINGHY SHOP, 334 S. Bayview Ave., Amityville, 631-264-0005, dinghyshop.com. Offers Kayaks, sailboats, stand-up paddleboards, tours, lessons and youth trips. Hours 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Rentals available June-Oct. Fees Sailboat $95; single kayak $35, tandem kayak $65; stand-up paddleboards $45. All rentals are two hours and include flotation device and paddle. Twilight Tours 5:30 p.m. Wed. all summer, single kayak $46, tandem kayak $64 (rental fee included). Requirements 15 and older to use own boat; reservations recommended.
GREAT BAY MARINE, 1110 Flanders Rd., Flanders, 631-204-0034, greatbayboats.com. Offers 16- to 22-foot power boats, marine store, snacks, ice, bait and tackle, showers. Hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. March 30-Nov. 10.
JETSKIRENTALS.COM INC., 320 S. Country Rd., Brookhaven, 631-286-7816, jetskirentals.com. Offers Personal watercraft, kayak, canoe and Jet Ski rentals, boating classes, one-on-one boating and restaurant. Season Requirements 19 and older to drive.
LIGHTHOUSE MARINA, 229 Meetinghouse Creek Rd., Aquebogue, lighthousemarina.com, 631-722-3400. East of Riverhead off the Great Peconic Bay. Offers 19- to 26-foot boats, and more including pontoon and center consoles plus water skis, and wake board and tube rentals. Lessons and captains are available upon request. Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, May 15-Sept. 15.
PUFF AND PUTT FAMILY FUN CENTER, 659 Montauk Hwy., Montauk, puffnputt.com, 631-668-4473.
Offers Kayaks, sailboats, canoes, pedal boats, stand-up paddleboards, weather permitting, hours subject to change. Sailing on Fort Pond, enclosed freshwater lake, 1 ½ miles long.
RENTABOAT, 320 S. Country Rd., Brookhaven, rentaboat.com, 631-286-7816. Offers Canoes, personal watercrafts, power boats, kayaks. Boating classes, one-on-one boating instructions available. Hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
SILLY LILY FISHING STATION, 99 Adelaide Ave., East Moriches, 631-878-0247, sillylily.com. Offers 24 fiberglass 16-foot skiffs; 6 14- to 20-foot sailboats (lessons, kayaks, paddleboards also available). Sailing and fishing lessons (ages 8-15) and adult lessons available. Bait, tackle, seafood, snacks, launching ramp, harbor tours. Season 8 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends, May 31-Sept. 6 (rentals). Requirements Minimum age 18, driver’s license.
STRONG’S MARINE, 2400 Camp Mineola Rd., Mattituck, 631-298-4770, strongsmarine.com. Offers 21-foot & up boat rentals, including Cobalt, Regal, Pursuit, and Grady White; plus water skis and water tubes. Requirements Boating experience (lessons available), New York State boating safety certificate, driver’s license.
UIHLEIN’S MARINA, BOAT RENTAL AND MOTEL, 444 W. Lake Dr., Montauk, uihleinsmarina.com, 631-668-3799. Offers 18- to 31-foot power boats for fishing, skiing, tubing, wake boarding, cruising and parties. 1- to 3-person personal watercraft. Requirements Older than 18, driver’s license, major credit card.
LONG ISLAND BOAT CLUBS
FREEDOM BOAT CLUB
LOCATIONS Freeport, Glen Cove, Lindenhurst, Northport, Port Jefferson and Port Washington
INFO 914-223-7701, freedomboatclub.com
Fleet of new boats. Training and certifications provide free with membership plus all the safety items necessary for Coast Guard compliance. Pay a one-time entry fee, plus monthly dues, and use the club boats without the hassle or expense of maintenance, repairs, slip fees, towing, insurance, winterization, storage . . . just pay to fill the tank and hand over the keys at the end of the day and head home.
FEE Trial memberships starts at $2,999, monthly dues $299; Unlimited membership $7,999, monthly dues $399.
LOCATIONS Mattituck and Southampton
INFO 631-298-4770, strongsmarine.com
Offers New York State boating certification course ($30 online on website). Use the club boats without the hassle or expense of maintenance, repairs, slip fees, towing, insurance, winterization, storage . . . just pay to fill the tank and hand over the keys at the end of the day and head home.
FEE Memberships from $7,200 at Mattituck, $8,200 at Southampton.
Operators of personal watercraft, such as Jet Skis, must be at least 14 years old must have a boater safety certificate issued by NYS Parks, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadron. Under Brianna's Law, all motorboat operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1993 will also require a boating safety certificate beginning in 2020. Call state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at 518-474-0445 or visit parks.ny.gov/recreation/boating/education.aspx