what is boat sharing?
Vantage Boatshare owns a fleet of boats that we rent to the public and share with our members. Vantage provides our rental customers and members with a boat ownership experience that is free from the hassles and high costs of owning. Vantage Boatshare makes it simple and easy to get on the water while our member service team does all the work. Vantage is your friend with a boat.®
how it works
2. GET TRAINED OR CHECKED OUT
Training is free! Take as much as you want. If you're already a skipper, show us your license and you can skip-our class!
3. MANAGE YOUR RESERVATIONS ONLINE
Book, change or cancel cruises 24/7 from any device or email us and we’ll be happy to help.
4. YOU'RE ON A BOAT!
Pack your cooler and gather your friends, family, co-workers or small pets. You'll feel like a rock star to be THE friend with a boat!
membership has its advantages
Sharing has made everything better and now it makes boating easy and affordable! There is a one time initiation fee to join our boat club. Choose a membership plan that works for you and enjoy our low membership dues! Once you are a member you will be able to manage your membership online and instantly begin to book boats!
Vantage Boatshare membership benefits:
Priority access to the best days and fireworks
Access to the newest boats at a fraction of the rental price
Self check-in for quick boarding
No additional fees, fuel charges and security deposits
Member training is included and unlimited
We're at River North Marina
On the Chicago River
North Branch & Chicago Ave
Your friend with a boat®
We didn't invent sharing but we were the first to offer boat sharing. Vantage Boatshare was founded in 2013 in Naples Florida. Soon after, we discovered the Chicago River and the beautiful fresh waters of Lake Michigan and brought boat sharing to Chicago!
From the first moment you step aboard a Vantage boat, you become part of a tribe of boaters who have discovered the joy of life on the water. Vantage has created a way for you to experience boating the way it was meant to be, free from the expenses, hassles and commitments.
Our mission: -to provide our members with unique and enjoyable experiences on the water -to operate at the highest safety standards with the youngest and cleanest boats -to offer a variety of boats to match various member needs at affordable prices -to ensure a safe and informed introduction for new boaters.
ALL BOATS DEPART FROM:
600 West Chicago Ave
Riverwalk Suite 8
Chicago, IL 60654
DOCKSIDE PUBLIC GARAGE:
950 N Kingsbury Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
Take the garage elevator to the riverwalk and look for water!
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Memorial to Labor Day
9:00a to 11:00p
Spring and Fall
Limited schedule - please call for hours
Closed November thru April (burrr)