Interestingly, boat rentals have stayed strong as consumers recognize that renting is less hassle and can actually cost less money: Most people who buy boats don't end up using them as much as they had initially planned, meaning that renting probably would have been a better option.
So if you're in the market for a boat, is this a great time to buy? If you have the cash (you should never, ever take out a loan to buy a boat ) and know you'll be using a lot, it could be. But most consumers would do well to remember this crude little mnemonic: If it flies, floats or (another word that starts with f), rent it.
By renting a boat, you can avoid long-term commitments and the possibility of costly and unpredictable repairs that can turn a hobby into a nightmare.