Whether you’re riding high or in the dumps, your condition will drastically improve the moment you step onto a boat. And summertime — when tourists tend to clog our beaches — makes that all the more true.
But given renting a boat is financially wiser than owning one, you should probably seek out the help of a “peer-to-pier” rental platform like Boatsetter to find one.
Today, we’ve rounded up nine stellar multi-use boats you can find near LA, as organized by the waterfaring activity each is best suited for.
From ripping lips on a fishing jaunt to ripping flips into the waters off Catalina, we’ve got you covered.
With 450 horses and a center console, this Edgewater 265Cc will get you out to Catalina, where the fish are aplenty. It has a live bait well and rod holders, and you can also rent the captain, who’ll provide the goods as well as the local knowledge of where to drop the lines. It even sports a solid stereo to keep you bobbing with the tide. But if you’re looking to land a marlin, you’ll want to strap into the chair aboard the Ocean Yachts 40 Super Sport (aka ROCKSTAR). This 44-footer comes with a captain and an air-conditioned cabin for escaping the dog days.
There are a few things you need when cruising from Marina Del Rey up to Malibu. You need a longer bow where you can sun. You need a place to escape the sun. You need a spot to sit and eat at a table. And maybe some A/C and a bathroom for good measure. The Sea Ray 280 Sundancer has all of that and the option of a captain. And if you want a little more boat, the ability to grill and the ability to go from day to night with aplomb, check out the 60-foot UNIQ Azimut Yacht Flybridge.
The Edgewater listed above can pull a skier. But for greater agility, check out the MasterCraft NXT22, a brand new boat with 320 horsies that includes water skis, wakeboards, surfboards, 10 PVCs, a cooler and a stereo.
This 75-foot schooner just returned from a nine-year circumnavigation and floats with all the good juju it picked up along the way. The inner cabin is teak-lined, and the rig comes with its captain. If you’re looking for a nice, peaceful sail around the area or an overnighter, this is your go-to. Already know how to sail? Check out the Catalina 8, a 30-footer that can handle eight people.
Your movie just broke the box office? You sold the company? You won the settlement? Time to party on this boat, the Suncoast Marine Luxury Motor Yacht, 145 feet of unparalleled nautical luxury. There’s a helipad, hot tub and room for 12 people to sleep soundly. But if the Burmese teak vessel is a little rich for your blood, the Chris Craft 70 is a solid yacht that can comfortably take you and 12 of your friends out for a good time, and with a captain. It has a shower, grill, refrigerator and autopilot, so you can make a weekend trip of it.