Serene Sailing from Clearwater Beach
Wonder what it’s like to go sailing on the calm blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico? You’ll feel like you’re floating away when you watch our 360° Sailing around Clearwater Beach video!
Feel inspired? Rent a boat or go out on a charter cruise from Clearwater Beach—read on for tips and ideas. Anchors aweigh!
Clearwater Boat Rentals: Rent Your Own and Go Exploring
Clearwater Community Sailing Center: Rent one of their fleet of 75 boats by the hour if you’re experienced at sailing, or take a private or group lesson if you want to learn. This outfitter has 420s, Sunfish, Catamrans, Lasers, and Daysailors to choose from—just pay a daily membership fee of $10, or $25 for a family of 3 or more, plus an hourly rental rate. You have to take a basic sailing test to rent a boat.
Clearwater Boat Rentals: This outfitter’s fleet includes various sizes of pontoons plus Key West Boat #2 for fishing or pleasure cruising. Their staff will provide you with any advice, directions to your destination, and a full set of safety and how-to-use instructions. Rent for 4 hours, 6 hours or a full day.
Want to hit the waters but don’t want to do the steering? Here are some Private Charter companies that will take you and your group out for a spin on the Gulf.
Kai Lani Catamaran: daily dolphin sails and sunset cruises, plus private charters and holiday cruises give you plenty of options for a sailing excursion.
Tradewinds Sailboat: Go on a Clearwater sailing adventure on the 54 foot Irwin sailing ketch for a sunset cruise or a dolphin excursion. While the journey can be completely hands-off for you, Tradewinds will let you take the wheel if you wish.
Where to Go on your Boating Excursion
Intracoastal: Cruise between the mainland and Clearwater Beach for a relaxing ride.
Out in the Gulf: Simply sail the Gulf waters and watch other boaters go by.
5 Boating Safety Tips to Keep in Mind
- Watch the weather: check weather conditions before you depart. If you notice winds picking up or dark clouds moving in, head back to mainland.
- Create a “Float Plan”—and let someone on the mainland know: Plan where you are going before setting off and let someone who isn’t joining you on your sail know. Include in your float plan the name and phone number of all passengers, the type of boat you’ll be on, and your trip itinerary.
- Avoid alcohol, and drink lots of water: Especially if you are taking the helm, wait to have a drink until later. The effects of alcohol are increased by sun and wind. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water so you avoid the possibility of heat stroke.
- Wear your lifejacket: Everyone on your onboard team should be fitted with a lifejacket. Safety first pays off in the end!
- Watch where you’re going—and your speed: It’s tempting to get out on the water and relax, but don’t let your guard down. Watch for larger vessels which, due to their size, are harder to maneuver, and be respectful of buoys.