GetMyBoat Is Internationally Friendly

Hello world, and we really mean “World.”

Today we launched our first of many feature enhancements to allow anyone around the world to rent boats using Before today, we only allowed boat owners and rental companies to publish their listing if they had an address in the United States. Because of this limitation, renters could only search for boat rentals within the U.S.

We are pleased to announce with today’s enhancements, that now any boat owner or company in the world can add their listing to GetMyBoat.  We have updated the address fields in the form to allow users with international addresses to list their boats and rental companies with us.

To help speed up the entry of your address, we have also implemented autosuggest functionality to prefill information when adding your city. Once you start typing in your city name, options will appear in a drop down field. Select the desired option and we will prefill the State/Province and the Country field. How easy is that! All you will need to do is fill out the street address and the Zip/Postal Code.

Search Updates
The search feature will function the same as it currently does, with the exception that you can now enter a location from anywhere in the world. We will still present you with suggested options in the drop down, which if selected, will activate the search.

While we may not have many boats or rental companies listed in your area now, we at least let you search there! Don’t worry; we will soon be adding boats all over the world and filling up as many locations as we can. If you have a friend with an idle boat, send them our way to get that boat added to the community.

If there are any features or enhancements that you would like to see made to GetMyBoat, just drop us a line at


How To Tie a Cleat Hitch

Ever walk down a marina boat dock and noticed how the boats are secured to the dock? The dock line goes from the boat to a cleat. A cleat is a horned piece of galvanized metal, securely attached to the dock, around which is tied a cleat hitch.

Unfortunately, very few boat owners know how to tie a proper cleat hitch. One of the common mistakes made due to this lack of knowledge, is to put many wraps around the cleat, which makes it nearly impossible to remove quickly in an emergency.

Here are the steps for tying a basic cleat hitch:

Step 1
Wrap the line under the horn of the cleat, around the back side of the cleat first, the side furthest away from the opposite attaching point. The line should look like it’s pulling against the base. The angle of the line from the cleat to other attaching point should be less than 90 degrees.

Step 2
Turn the line 3/4 around the base. Do not cross over the line under the horns that goes towards the opposite attaching point.

Step 3
Lift the line over the cleat, crossing the top, and then wrap under the horn. It should look like the beginning of a figure 8.

Step 4
Pull the line back over the top towards the opposite cleat horn, crossing over the line you just wrapped around the cleat horn. Make a small loop in the line, and place the loop over the opposite cleat horn. The final wrap is a locking loop. Pull it tight.

Step 5
A properly tied cleat hitch should look like one line going over two parallel lines at about a 90 degree angle. A figure eight!  If your hitch looks like the lines on the cleat are criss-crossing, not parallel, remove the loop from the opposite cleat horn, and flip the loop the other way.

There is no need to wrap your line several times around the cleat. Just a quick wrap and the locking loop are all you need. There are other methods of hitches for securing a boat to the dock, but the basic cleat hitch as described above works well under most normal conditions.