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Escape From New York by Boat

Experience an island getaway with the GetMyBoat app.

See our impressive skyline—and more—via a boat or kayak? Why not?

Manhattan is a vertical island, rising upward from sidewalks to ever-climbing skyscraper peaks. It also looks outward, offering visitors chances to explore New York from the East and Hudson rivers. There are varied ways to drink in the views of the island via water, including Hornblower, City Sightseeing and Spirit Cruises and Manhattan by Sail.

The “sharing economy,” however, has created even more options for waterway rides. It has already delivered Citi Bike, Uber car service and apartment rentals, and now, chartering a boat for day trips and overnights is a breeze with a little smartphone wizardry. Companies in this niche include Boatbound, Boatsetter and—launched in 2013—GetMyBoat, which claims over 50,000 boat listings in 154 countries, with a growing number in the Big Apple and surrounding areas.

GetMyBoat’s app offerings range from $10-per-hour kayaks to a top-of-the-market, 12-person luxury yacht—97-foot—at $3,950 per day and based just across the Hudson River in New Jersey. In between, there are a variety of sailing vessels and motorboats, with or without captains (if you’re already licensed)—in addition to seafaring experiences such as sport fishing and scuba diving, led by local people.

Getting close to the Statue of Liberty by boat is a draw for those who love to be in control of their trip and create their own itinerary.

“GetMyBoat opens up the opportunity of going to the Hamptons, sleeping on the boat and then heading back to Manhattan,” said Kira Maixner, who heads GetMyBoat’s digital communications.

No matter how you choose to boat around Manhattan Island, though, you can’t beat watching the world’s most famous skyline drawing closer on the return trip.