You can take advantage of Long Island’s waters — without the expense of upkeep — by renting a watercraft 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. Tue.-Sun., May 20-Oct. 16. Hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sun., weather permitting; closed Mon. except holidays. Season May-Oct. 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. Offers: 21-27 foot bowriders (8-10 passengers max), water skis, wakeboards, tubes, semiprivate powerboat training classes. Season May 15-Oct. 15. 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. 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 stand-up 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 (includes rental). Requirements 15 and older to use own boat; reservations recommended.
GREAT BAY MARINE, 1110 Flanders Rd., Flanders, 631-204-0034, greatbayboats.com. Offers 18- to 22-foot power boats, 20-23-foot pontoons, marine store, snacks, ice, bait and tackle, showers. Hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Season March 30-Nov. 10. Fees Call.
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 Memorial Day-Oct. 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, including pontoon and center consoles plus water skis, and wake board and tube rentals. Lessons and captains available. Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, May 15-Sept. 15.
PUFF AND PUTT FAMILY FUN CENTER, 659 Montauk Hwy., Montauk, puffandputt.business.site, 631-668-4473. Offers Kayaks, sailboats, canoes, pedal boats, stand-up paddleboards. 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 fiberglass 16-foot skiffs; 17- to 20-foot sailboats, Sunfish (lessons, kayaks, paddleboards also available). Sailing and fishing lessons (all ages) available. Bait, tackle, seafood, snacks, launching ramp, harbor tours. Season 8 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends, May 30-Oct. 15 (rentals).
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. Season May 15-Sept. 30. Requirements Minimum age 21. 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. Hours 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily Season April 15-Nov. 15 Requirements Older than 18, driver’s license, major credit card.
LONG ISLAND BOAT CLUBS
CAREFREE BOAT CLUB
LOCATION: 403 Main St., Port Washington, located on Manhasset Bay
INFO: 516-761-0840, LIBoatRentals.com/BoatClub.
Offers 21’-27’ outboard bowrider power boats. Ongoing training included with memberships. Requirements ages 18 and older, boating experience, driver’s license and credit card. Season runs May15-Oct. 15. Carefree Boat Club is also available at Silly Lily Fishing Station, 99 Adelaide Ave, East Moriches, 631-878-0247, sillylily.com.
FEE: Premier Membership: $5,950 + $529 per month with 5-year membership.
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.
FEE Trial memberships from $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).
FEE Memberships from $7,200 at Mattituck, $8,200 at Southampton.