Ways to Make Money With Boats


Boat lovers and sea-faring individuals find themselves at home on the waves. Some of these people choose to live near the water. Others choose to spend their weekends on the water. These individuals may consider starting a business that builds on their love of the water. Several options exist where these individuals can build on their knowledge and share with others.

Boat Rental

  • An individual who knows the difference between a canoe and a pontoon may choose to open a boat rental business. Visitors to the area who wish to enjoy the outdoors and spend time on the water might not know which water is ideal for the pontoon or where to take a rented canoe. The boat lover can spend time talking with customers to find out where their interests lie, what their skills are and recommend a particular boat that will meet their needs. The customer will remember the individual's expertise and desire to match the customer to the right boat and return for future boat rentals.

Boat Maintenance

  • Many boat owners spend their weeks working, allowing only weekends available to spend on their boats. With only limited time available to enjoy their boats, these boat owners might prefer to hire someone to handle the maintenance necessary to keep the boat in good running order. This includes winterizing the boat when the warm weather ends and prepping the boat when the warm weather returns.

Boat Storage

  • Boat owners often need to find a storage facility to keep their boat during the winter months. The boat lover might choose to purchase a large warehouse and rent space to boat owners during those months. The boat owner receives the benefit of keeping the boat protected from the winter elements and safe from vandals. The boat lover receives the opportunity to admire a variety of boats and receive additional income.

Boat Sales

  • Some customers want to purchase a boat of their own without worrying about reserving one from a boat rental. The boat lover might invest in a boat sales business. The boat lover receives the opportunity to see the new boats as they hit the market and learn what each offers. When customers enter the store, the boat lover can find out what features matter to the customer and what price range the customer is looking in. The boat lover can recommend several boats to the customer, letting the customer make the final choice.

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