December 28, 2017

Who’s Your Captain?

Welcome to Rent Chicago Boats Captain’s (boat driver’s) page.

NEW Illinois State Boat Drivers Mandates!

State of Illinois requires all boat drivers to have a Boat Drivers License and two years experience.

To convey 2 years of boat experience show either of the following:

  • boat owners registration card; or
  • boat rental receipts.

If not then we’ll expect you to hire a professional captain.

If you can meet the aforementioned history and have taken your license course and need a brush up, take the online National Boater Safety course and test out at 90% plus. The renter must submit a copy of their test score to prior to the rental.

In the event of damage, a copy of the boater’s drivers license and or test score will be sent with our contract to State of Illinois for processing and fines. So, we expect you to make smart choices in boat management.

Alternatively, if you are wanting to party with your friends, hire a USCG licensed captain from our list below.

Clients are self-insured on our boats. Our insurance doesn’t cover the damage you cause, YOU PAY FOR YOUR OWN DAMAGE on our boats! You must come to us with knowledge and skill or you must hire a captain. Your car or truck insurance most often has coverage for rental boats…you should check with them.

We reserve the right to turn away clients that do not either have skill and who have not followed the new State of Illinois boater’s captain / driver mandates.

Boater Safety Class / Test

We no longer serve unskilled boaters. Take the National Boater Safety Course, Score 90%+  email it to “as proof of performance”. Don’t score 90% – take it over til you do, its fun! You can keep your score page for future rentals with

Illinois Boater’s License 

For the most ideal way to boat in Chicago is to get your Illinois Boater’s License. All you have to do is to email us a copy of your current Illinois Boater’s License at the time of booking and you’ll eliminate that step. State of Illinois does require that all persons managing a boat, have a current Illinois Boater’s License, so we are providing the link for you to the extended program so you can look into it and achieve your license. This an great idea when you know you’ll be enjoying boating for many years to come.

Our USCG Captain’s List

These captains “work for you” as a captain, not Rent Chicago Boats. Contact them directly and negotiate their rate. Rates range from $70-$125 per hour + gratuity, and may be different based upon their schedule. Captains are outside contractors who are responsible to you (the hiring party) “for their actions”. We prefer to list the most professional captains with a track record of taking care of our clients as well as our vessels on your behalf.