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    Seems like this spring I remember seeing an ad for someone renting boats out of Seward, but I can't find anything on the Web. I know about Miller's but looking for something a little bigger than a skiff. Anyone know of any down there?

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    Homer and Whittier do, but Millers Landing is all I know in Seward for skiffs.

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    I was just thinking this weekend about that business in whitter. I was wondering how come there wasn't one here in seward. What do you guys think? Do you think there would be a need for this service in Seward?

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    I was thinking about this very thing this weekend. Do you think a service like this is needed down here?

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    Sorry, I thought I lost the first post so I typed another one.

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    It would be a nice way to buy a big boat and end up owning it at the end of a few years. Depreciate it as a business expense/asset and then sell it off to yourself and at a killer deal. The only downside is that it would be beat to heck. I looked at the 30 ft Kingfisher the guy has in Whittier and it has crashed into the dock a few times judging by the dents and scratches in it.
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    I went to the Whittier boat rental site to look at prices.$650-$950 a day?Do you think they book out during the summer?

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    I am sure you would have to have one hell of a tough boat to make it a few seasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR2 View Post
    It would be a nice way to buy a big boat and end up owning it at the end of a few years. Depreciate it as a business expense/asset and then sell it off to yourself and at a killer deal. The only downside is that it would be beat to heck. I looked at the 30 ft Kingfisher the guy has in Whittier and it has crashed into the dock a few times judging by the dents and scratches in it.
    Yeah, I wouldn't be able to watch that boat come back in. I'd just be cringing the entire time. I've seen too many people crash into docks/boats in harbors to imagine joe schmoe in a rental 30 footer coming in hot....

    Not a bad idea, though, for a business. You'd have to have significant capital to get it started, but I bet you could rent several 24-28' boats pretty much all of June, July, and August out of Seward. I personally wouldn't go with something as high-dollar as a Kingfisher, but something with a heated cabin and head for sure.

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    Spent the better part of a month working in Whittier this sumer and was surprised at how many days the rental folks had dry boats. I asked them about walk -up rentals at a discount,but they declined as the boats are owned by individuals and the rental/maintenance is managed by the rental outfit. Because of this, they have a set payout for each day of use and were unwilling to give a guy a break even though discounts are given for multi-day rentals.

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    Coho slayer I would think that a King fisher would be a the bottom end of the type of boat you would want.I would want some thing that is built like a brick $***** house.You know it is going to get pounded you had better have a boat that can take it.

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    Yeah, I wouldn't be able to watch that boat come back in. I'd just be cringing the entire time. I've seen too many people crash into docks/boats in harbors to imagine joe schmoe in a rental 30 footer coming in hot....

    Not a bad idea, though, for a business. You'd have to have significant capital to get it started, but I bet you could rent several 24-28' boats pretty much all of June, July, and August out of Seward. I personally wouldn't go with something as high-dollar as a Kingfisher, but something with a heated cabin and head for sure.

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    so you are saying that each boat is owned by a different person and they rent them to the rental company?


    Quote Originally Posted by lineburns View Post
    Spent the better part of a month working in Whittier this sumer and was surprised at how many days the rental folks had dry boats. I asked them about walk -up rentals at a discount,but they declined as the boats are owned by individuals and the rental/maintenance is managed by the rental outfit. Because of this, they have a set payout for each day of use and were unwilling to give a guy a break even though discounts are given for multi-day rentals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elim View Post
    Coho slayer I would think that a King fisher would be a the bottom end of the type of boat you would want.I would want some thing that is built like a brick $***** house.You know it is going to get pounded you had better have a boat that can take it.
    Yup...I guess my point is that I would get a much less "fancy" boat if I was renting them out. A very basic, built like a tank, aluminum cuddy cabin. Simple but watertight and warm, and able to take a beating without me chewing my nails off about it.

    The little Hewescrafts that the Whittier boat rental place has seem just about right to me.

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    Pretty much. Thats what the guy at the rental outfit indicated. Guess they have to pay the owners a set fee for each day on the water, hence no discount for walk-up rentals. I had a day-off in Whittier so I inquired.

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    Insurance will be a problem. I had this boat set up for multiple trips and the owner stopped the rentals.. They haven't taken it off the website yet

    http://www.cordovacoastal.com/boats.htm

    They "dumbed" the boat down with a 60Hp bigfoot honda (or a yammi, I forget) so that it would only go at hull speed.

    ABSOLUTELY perfect for what we were going to do, but the insurance company made it a no go.

    I would love to find another set up like this on PWS or S.E.

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    I must be reading some thing wrong.They put a 60hp motor on a 30' boat?????

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    Nope, you read it right. Pushed it at hull speed.

    Think trawler..

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