Why you should charter a boat to discover Chicago
Since Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, it’s easy to lose sight of all there is to see and do. From art museums to zoos, there is something for everyone.
And then there is the lake. Lake Michigan is not only the third largest of the Great Lakes when measured by the water surface, it is also the only Great Lake located entirely in the United States. So what does this mean for Chicago? This: The city of Chicago has 22 miles of shoreline on Lake Michigan.
Of course, you can hit public beaches and even walk, bike, run, or rollerblade along the 18-mile Lakefront Trail – with its spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. But to truly appreciate Lake Michigan, you have to get out on the water. This way you can just hang out with your family and friends. On the other hand, you can also cruise along the coast and observe Chicago skyline icons including John Hancock Center, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Adler Planetarium, McCormick Place, as well as Navy Pier and Buckingham Fountain.
There’s just one problem – you need a boat. And, in fact, when it comes to boats, there are a number of issues.
You don’t need to own a boat – or have been a boat owner – to familiarize yourself with the phrase “The two happiest days in a boat owner’s life are the day you buy one.” boat and the day you sell the boat. ” Indeed, in addition to the initial cost of the boat, their maintenance is expensive and time consuming. Plus, when the boat is finally in need of repair – and that day always arrives earlier than expected – the estimate for repairs can be shocking!
Second, whether you live in Chicago or the suburbs, or have just been visiting, you know how difficult it can be to find parking for your car. Finding a mooring for your boat is not that difficult, but it can be difficult. Although the Chicago Park District operates 10 ports, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can get a mooring slip in whatever port you prefer. Plus, as the harbor season runs from May 1 to October 31, you will also need to find a dry warehouse for your boat – and pay all associated fees as well!
All is well if you know – or at least think – that you will be on the lake a lot. Personally, I realized a long time ago that if I wasn’t out on the water most weekends, having a boat just didn’t seem useful to me. This is why I love the boat rental market and the GetMyBoat nautical experience: it makes finding a boat for rent or charter easy and fast. From finding a boat that you can take out on Lake Michigan for a few hours on your own to renting a captain’s boat large enough for a family reunion, GetMyBoat allows you to find the right boat and book it. easily.
Here are a number of activities that GetMyBoat can help you offer to your family and friends.
Sail Lake Michigan
Boating on Lake Michigan doesn’t have to mean a boat with a motor. In fact, Lake Michigan is one of the best places in the world for sailing. If you are an accomplished sailor, you can hire boats so that you and your family or friends can have a fantastic day cruising Lake Michigan. Here are two examples:
38ft cruising catamaran
Sailboat Ranger 22
Try your luck at sailing
Want to spend some time browsing – and maybe even give it a try yourself? This option gives you the best of both worlds. You can sit back, relax, and watch the Chicago skyline while the captain and crew do all the work. Then, if you also want to learn to sail, a certified instructor will allow you to play a more active role. Here is an example:
31ft Pearson Cruising Sloop
Let the captain sail
Let’s face it: Lake Michigan can be choppy and the sailboats are large, so experience is essential. If you want to spend some time on a 36ft yacht cruising around the lake while you relax and let an experienced captain steer the vessel, there are a number of options to make your day on the water a fun one. unforgettable. Here are two examples:
36ft C&C Cruising Monohull
36ft Catalina Sailing Yacht
Feel the need for speed (boats)
If sailing or yachting just doesn’t work for you, or if you need something really different, you must try a speedboat. Perfect for small groups, these speedboats with captain are designed to protect you when touring at high speed, even when taking tight turns. Here are two examples:
30ft Supercharged Motorboat
36ft Formula 330SS Motorboat
Party on the water
If you’ve never been on a pontoon boat, you’ve missed an experience! Pontoon boats have a large, flat deck, which allows them to have ample lounges, standing bars and plenty of space to walk around. On a pontoon boat, you can even cruise the Chicago River. In other words, it’s a party boat! Here are two examples:
Pontoon boat with captain of 14 passengers
38ft Trident Pontoon Party Boat
Tiki-Bar on the water
Do you have a large group and want to try something really different? You have to hire an island themed boat with a tiki bar and tables, and a large uncovered deck for sightseeing and enjoying the weather. In addition to a captain and crew, these boats also have a bartender! Here are two examples:
50 feet Grand Luau
Huge 65ft Skipperliner Party Boat
Celebrate in style on a yacht
Yachts with captain not included
If you want to spend time on a yacht and are a licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain, or know a captain, this may be the perfect boating option for you and your guests. These yachts are perfect for up to 12 people making them ideal for a birthday, anniversary or graduation party. Oh, and if you’re not a licensed captain yourself, don’t worry. Owners can provide you with a list of qualified captains that you can hire. Here are two examples:
40ft express cruiser Mainship Mediterranean
42 foot Bayliner yacht
There are yachts, and then there are luxury yachts. If you need a yacht that makes a lasting impression for a momentous event like your birthday, retirement or a small private wedding, this type of yacht will be the perfect fit. And to make an event even more memorable, consider a sunset cruise. Here are two examples:
50-foot SeaRay yacht
48ft Sea Ray flybridge yacht
Rent a party yacht
You probably don’t plan on hosting a very large group just yet, but Chicago and the State of Illinois are both relaxing COVID-19 restrictions, and the day will soon come when you can again organize big parties. When that day arrives, you have to think about renting a large luxury yacht. In this way, you will be able to receive from 20 to 45 guests. This type of charter is perfect for celebrating everything from birthdays and anniversaries to family reunions and weddings. Here are two examples:
68ft Chris Craft Roamer Power Mega Yacht
60ft SeaRay luxury motor yacht for up to 20 people
Get on a SeaDoo
If you need speed and absolutely want to cruise Lake Michigan for awhile, enjoy the weather, see the Chicago skyline, and hang out with a friend or loved one, there is only one thing to do. You have to rent a SeaDoo for a few hours or even all day. Here is an example:
SeaDoo Spark 2015
When a captain is not included in the rental of the boat, you will either need to hire a captain yourself or hire a captain from a list provided by the boat owner. Either way, make sure the captain has the correct license.
If you choose a naked boat rental, you will also have to pay the captain. In some cases, there may also be reimbursement fees for fuel and boat cleaning in addition to the cost of renting the boat. Make sure you figure out what all the fees will be up front to avoid surprises later.
If you’re ready to book your Chicago boating experience, check out the rest of the boat and watercraft rentals available here!