Renting Boats

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  1. Sweet Willie
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    Sweet Willie Gold Member

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    I've rented boats in a number of places in the U.S.

    I'm having a tough time finding boat rentals on the Ohio River near Cincinnati.

    I've called a few marinas and they say two things: 1) they don't know of anyone who rents boats on the Ohio River & 2) they surmise that the reason no one rents is due to the commercial barge traffic on the Ohio River.

    Searching has yielded nothing online.

    I guess I'm truly amazed that such a popular waterway doesn't have boat rentals.

    Any ideas to locate something on Ohio River near Cincinnati would be appreciated.
     
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    Ski Boat, House Boat, Fishing Boat?

    Ski Boat, check out the dealers and see if they will rent one ala "Test Drive" for a couple of days.
    Fishing Boat, check the bait shops and see if anyone has a 'friend' who would rent.
    House Boat. No clue.

    Remember WKRP in Cincinnati (The actual Station not the TV show) started as a Houseboat playing Rock Music. Because they could not a studio.
     
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  3. traveltoomuch

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    VRBO includes some houseboat and sailboat listings (generally; not necessarily here): http://www.vrbo.com/65033http://www.vrbo.com/331153

    I feel your pain, but it sounds like you're already doing what I'd do (call marinas). Have you tried craigslist? You might cast your net a little wider: see if there's a West Marine or other outfitter around and ask if they know anyone? Call the local coast guard; they might have bailed enough renters out that they know who rents boats?
     
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  4. Sweet Willie
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    thanks, yes. didn't find anything so I made a post offering $ if someone would take us out for a 3 hour AM cruise. we'll see.

    I will try the coast guard.
     

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