Day cruising is about enjoying one day or part of a day on the water without necessarily having a destination or a specific goal/activity in mind. That said, fishing, waterskiing, sailing, gunkholing (like a Sunday drive exploring coves and beaches) and picnicking are perfect ways to cruise on a boat and they are fairly specific adventures. Are you hoping to go day cruising on a boat? Here’s what to expect, what to bring and what kind of boats are perfect for a great getaway on the water.
What to Bring Aboard for Day Cruising
Your preparation for a day on the water will depend on many factors including the size and type of boat, the anticipated activity if any, the weather and the length of your outing. Every boat needs the minimum safety items including appropriately sized PFDs (lifejackets) for everyone aboard, a signaling device, an anchor, a throwable flotation device and fire extinguishers. Other safety regulations depend on the size/type of vessel and location (lakes/rivers/ocean, etc.).
If you’ll be in the water, bring water toys, skis or boards. Make sure the boat has a ladder so you can get back aboard easily. For fishing, bring rods, tackle, bait and a cooler with ice to keep your catch. Bring your smartphone to connect your music with the onboard stereo or record the outing on video or in photos but bring a dry bag to keep electronics and your car keys dry. For open boat cruising of more than a couple hours, snacks are good and you should always have plenty of drinking water and sunscreen. Bring timed personal medications and seasickness medicine if you suspect you may be susceptible.
Purchase or Rent a Boat in Crane Lake
There are several options available for boat rentals in Crane Lake. Handberg’s Marine has rental options available starting at $135 per day for 16’ Crestliner Kodiak side console steering w/40hp Evinrude E-Tec. If you’d like a more luxury cruise, try the 2020 22’ Sweetwater Tri-toon w/115hp Yamaha. Please call 218-993-2214 to make reservations or check availability. Handberg’s Marine also offers boat and motor sales, offering Yamaha and Evinrude outboard motors, Crestliner, PolarKraft and Alumaweld boats along with Godfrey Pontoon boats.
Voyagaire Lodge and Houseboats offers boat rental starting at $75 per day for a very basic hull and 15hp motor combo going up to 150hp Runabout for the thrill seekers in the world. Please call 218-993-2266 for information.
Scott’s Peaceful Valley has a great 16’ Polarkraft boat that you can put your own motor on. Call 218-993-2330 for more information
Nelson’s Resort offers guided fishing trips. Please call 218-993-2295 for more information.
Scott’s Resort & Seaplane Base offers pontoon boats and fishing boats. Please call 218-993-2341 for more information.
Pine Point Lodge offers fishing boats starting at $45 per day as well as pontoon boats starting at $205 per day. In addition, you can rent a loose 5hp to 15hp motor. Please call 218-993-2311
Anderson’s Outfitters offers canoe rentals as well as canoe trips. Please call 218-993-2287 for more information.
Cabins on Crane offers 16 ½ ‘ Alumacraft side console w/70hp outboard motors starting at $170 per day. Please call 218-993-2401 for more information.
For a complete list of rental boats offered in Crane Lake, please visit our website www.visitcranelake.com