The goal of Austin Sailboat Rentals is to bring the joy of sailing on Lady Bird Lake, in downtown Austin, Texas on easy to operate dinghy sailboats, small day sailor sailboats, large day sailor sailboats, Sea Skimmers, and Hobie Mirage Adventure Islands.
Sailing is a great sport that you can enjoy alone, with friends, with family, as a corporate team building event, celebrating a birthday, celebrating a bachelor or bachelorette party, or makes as a great date!
With as little as 5 mph wind, our Snarks, small day sailors, large day sailors, Sea Skimmers, and Hobies can guide you anywhere on Lady Bird Lake (formerly known as Town Lake). With every two hour dinghy Sea Skimmer and Hobie sailboat rental, we provide free land instructions by a certified US Sailing Instructor.
We offer dinghy sailboats for beginners and kids, and smaller day sailors and larger day sailors for more experienced sailors at very affordable hourly or daily rates. Please note our Snark dinghy sailboats can accommodate up to 310 lbs per boat, and our Sea Skimmers can accommodate up to 475 lbs.
FUN THINGS TO DO ON THE WATER and LAND with other RECREATIONAL VEHICLES You can also rent by the hour or the day – bikes, tandem bicycles, Surrey bikes, kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards (SUPS), Seacycles, Hobie Mirage Adventure Islands, rowboats, and the latest addition to our fleet, Go-Float Electric Boats.
Austin Sailboat Rentals Go-Float Electric Boats are so cool! Each one comes with built-in smartphone speakers, a small cooler, two cup holders, and a Bimini top to help keep you cool during those hot summer days in Texas. Please note our two person electric boat holds up to 550 lbs. in the green boat and up to 650 lbs. in the white boat.
Single and tandem bikes, and Surrey bicycles are a great way to have fun strolling over to Bangers Sausage House and Beer Garden on Rainey Street, navigating throughout downtown Austin or on the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, where you can find cool things to explore like the new Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake, or watch the Mexican Free-tailed Bats fly from underneath the Ann Richard Congress Avenue Bridge between March and October, or ride over to Zilker Park where the famous Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival and Austin Trail of Lights take place.
Surrey Bikes are a great way for your group to stay together while exploring downtown Austin, or the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, or celebrating a special occasion such as a birthday party, a bachelor or bachelorette party, family outing, or on a special date. Surrey bikes bring a lot more fun to the biking experience and they are Green (no emissions). Actually, none of our water or land vehicles give out emissions – Austin Sailboat Rentals is totally Green!
GIFT CERTIFICATES Gift Certificates are a great way to show that special person in your life that you really care about them, or if you have an exceptional employee that you really appreciate, a gift certificate is a great way to show them thanks.
You may purchase a gift certificate in any dollar denomination, so the recipient can use it towards any sailboat, canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle board, Surrey or bicycle rental, or it can even be used towards a private sailing lesson with a certificate US Sailing instructor.
Gift Certificates expire six months from the purchase date, and don’t worry if you lose your certificate … Austin Sailboat Rentals keeps a log of all certificates. They just ask that the recipient please show a form of identification to redeem a lost gift certificate.
Gift Certificates can be prepared with a customized message and background theme.
SAILING LESSONS Private and Group sailing lessons are available by a certified US Sailing instructor on a dinghy sailboat, small and large day sailor sailboats, or Hobie Adventure Tandem. Please note that our Snark dinghy sailboats can accommodate up to 310 lbs. per boat, and our Sea Skimmer dinghy sailboats can accommodate up to 475 lbs. per boat.
Below are a few options to choose from:
PRIVATE lessons are available with a certified US Sailing instructor, and include: thirty (30) minutes of one-on-one land instructions with a certified instructor (e.g. understanding the wind, the mechanics of sailing a sailboat, how to sail and navigate (laylines) on Lady Bird Lake, safety afloat overview, including rules of the road), and then another thirty (30) minutes practicing what you learned on land on the water, supervised closely by your instructor.
Below are a few options to choose from. Please note, the first cost is for the instructor’s fee, and the second cost is for the sailboat rental:
- $50 an hour for one person in a Snark dinghy sailboat (up to 310 lbs.), plus $20;
- $70 an hour for two persons sharing a lesson in the same Snark dinghy sailboat (310 lbs. combined weight), plus $25 for the sailboat;
- $80 an hour for two persons sharing a lesson in two separate Snark dinghy sailboats; plus $20 for each sailboat;
- $100 an hour for one person in a day sailor; plus $35 for a small day sailor, or $45 for a larger day sailor (our instructor goes with you in your sailboat);
- $100 an hour for one person in a Hobie, plus $45 for the Hobie Adventure Islander Tandem (our instructor goes with you in your Hobie);
- $150 an hour for two persons sharing a lesson in the same day sailor, plus $45 for a larger day sailor (our instructor goes with you in your sailboat).
GROUP lessons are also available with a certified US Sailing instructor and include thirty (30) minutes of land instructions (e.g. understanding the wind, the mechanics of sailing a sailboat, sailing and navigating (laylines) on Lady Bird Lake, safety afloat overview including rules of the road), and then another thirty (30) minutes on the water practicing what you learned on the land, supervised closely by your certified instructor.
GROUP lesson consists of at least three (3) or more people attending the same lesson. In a Group Lesson we will try to pair up two participants in the same Snark dinghy sailboat (2 people to a boat), unless there is a weight overage or an odd number of sailors, then one person will sail alone.
Below are a few options to choose from:
- $100 an hour for three (3) to ten (10) people, plus the cost of the dinghy sailboats ($20 for one person in a Snark dinghy sailboat, or $25 for two people in a Snark dinghy sailboat);
- $150 an hour for eleven (11) to fifteen (15) people, plus the cost of the dinghy sailboats ($20 for one person in a Snark dinghy sailboat, or $25 for two people in a Snark dinghy sailboat);
- $200 an hour for sixteen (16) to twenty (20) people, plus the cost of the dinghy sailboats ($20 for one person in a Snark dinghy sailboat, or $25 for two people in a Snark dinghy sailboat);
- please call to inquire about pricing for more than twenty-one (21) people.
CERTIFICATION If you are interested in becoming a certified sailor, our certified US Sailing instructor can also certify you as a beginner and/or intermediate sailor in sailboats 20 feet or smaller. Please inquire about certifications directly with Ginny at 512-431-1894 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.