Fun Pontoon Boat Rental Provided Hot Weather Relief and a Hassle-Free Outing

DeanLand

We all look forward to summer, but when the stifling hot weather combines with high humidity, it may drain the enthusiasm for summer right out of you. Faced with that reality, we rented a pontoon boat and enjoyed a refreshing day on the water with virtually no hassles.

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We rented a pontoon boat and loved it. Spontaneous fishing and swimming were among our top reasons.Photo: DeanLand / Our Travel Cafe

Our pontoon boat day featured a half-day rental on Georgia's Lake Allatoona, where we enjoyed casual motoring through the lake, spontaneous swimming when the mood or location suited us, and even some fishing. Getting started was as easy as a quick phone call, and we booked our outing two days in advance. When our boating day arrived, we packed a cooler, a beach bag and the grandkids into the minivan and headed out.

Arriving at the marina, our boat was ready and waiting. After some formalities involving identification, payment, release forms and instructions, we were on the water and underway within 20 minutes. Like magic, that stifling summer heat gave gave way to a cooling 15-mph wind in our faces as we motored through the large lake.

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Renting was simple, easy and fast. We only had to focus on our own convenience, including snacks for hungry grandkids.Photo: DeanLand / Our Travel Cafe

Our return was equally fast and easy. We were met at the dock by a helpful team, who secured the boat and helped us unload our gear. They even provided a handy wagon, allowing the rest of the party to get all our gear to the van while I settled up the rental. We quickly inspected for damage (none!) and fuel level, then completed the credit card billing. Less than 10 minutes had passed since docking, and I was behind the wheel of the minivan and on the way.

There were lots of reasons we loved renting a boat, and below are our top 5:

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Finding secluded coves, we jumped off the deck and enjoyed the cool, refreshing water.Photo: DeanLand / Our Travel Cafe

  1. Fast, easy, and convenient. After locating nearby marinas, it was simple to find available boat rentals. There were multiple nearby location options for rental, which we found to be true near major waterways around the country. Many offer online rental processes, though we find it most helpful to speak with someone at the local marina rather than using online systems.
  2. Lots of boat options. We had a choice of fishing boats, touring boats, pontoon boats and others, all in various sizes, configurations and power options to meet our needs. Of course, the grandkids weighed in, expressing their preference for the two-story pontoon boat complete with waterslide, though we chose a more modest option.
  3. Operational instructions and assistance. While we are experienced boaters, we still needed a few tips on operating this boat. That was provided easily and quickly with personal attention. However, had we needed more instructions or assistance, we could have used an online video in advance and asked for more assistance on-site.
  4. No maintenance or cleaning. It's often said that the happiest days of a boat owners life are the day of purchase and the day of sale. With a rental, we avoided all the hassles of ownership, including responsibility for any maintenance or cleaning. All we had to do was remove our belongings, and pay for the fuel we used.
  5. A carefree experience. With all the mandatory safety items provided, we simply focused on our own comfort, convenience and enjoyment. Our fully-stocked cooler, snacks, swimming accessories and fishing gear made that easy.

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Our route took us north from the marina, past Red Top Mountain State Park and Allatoona Dam, with fabulous views all around.Graphic: DeanLand / Our Travel Cafe

For us, boat rentals are common, whether on a lake near home or while traveling elsewhere. While we've considered purchasing a boat, the ease, convenience and cost has brought us back to rentals each time.

Our RV Rental Experience

We also rented an RV for a fun weekend with the family at a state park. We share all the lessons we learned in this article for Newsbreak.

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We rented an RV for a long weekend and headed to one of Georgia's great state parks. We'll do this again, too.Photo: DeanLand / Our Travel Cafe

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I'm a trained journalist, global traveler and retired business executive who worked for more than 20 years with some of the world's best and largest restaurant enterprises. I left the business world behind, living in Northwest Georgia and writing about avocations including outdoor excursions, family-friendly travel, road trips, exploration ideas for active seniors and some of my community passions. I've traveled to 47 states and nearly as many countries, and I'm still counting up. I'm a traveler, hiker, cyclist, blogger, marketing consultant, community volunteer and local high school band nerd who previously has lived in Florida, Ohio, Indiana and Mississippi. I'm a South Louisiana-born French Cajun whose great-grandparents were sugar farmers, bar owners and reputed bootleggers. My upbringing in food-rich Louisiana and my restaurant industry career affirmed my status as an over-qualified eater. That also inspired the name of my blog, OurTravelCafe.com. There, I offer up a complete menu of our my own experiences, explorations and adventures, organized by geography and always sprinkled with some spicy, tasty tidbits and food notes.

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