There's nothing quite like a boat trip out on the beautiful waters of St. Pete and Clearwater Beach.  The only thing, boats are expensive and you can only ask your boat-owning friends to take you out on the water so many times before you just sound like a moocher.  The solution?  Boat rentals!  Here are a few places where you can rent a great boat for not a lot of dough in Clearwater and St. Petersburg.

Clearwater Boat Rentals - The premier boat rental facility on Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Boat Rentals offers a variety of boats for fishing or just enjoying a leisurely ride on the Gulf of Mexico.  They offer half (4 hours) and full (8 hours) day rentals for boats ranging from small pontoon boats up to 26' Catamarans.

Gulf Coast Boat Club - Boat Clubs like Gulf Coast are the most cost-efficient way to go boating.  Sign up and pay to be a member and you'll get access to the club's entire fleet of boats.  All you have to do is call ahead and make a reservation.  Members can choose from a variety of boats including a 16ft Silver King Flats Boat, 25ft Sea Ray Sundeck, and more.

Frenchy's Jet Ski and Boat Rentals - If you're looking for fun on the waters of St. Pete beach, look no further than Frenchy's Jet Ski and Boat Rentals.  They offer a variety of boats for rent including a 17' Fundeck, a 20' Century, a 20' Monark, and many more.

Tierra Verde Boat Rentals - Enjoy a variety of boat rentals and jet ski rentals by the hour, half day, six hours, and full day at Tierra Verde Boat Rentals.  Their boat fleet includes 2 or 3 seat Sea Doos, 20' Sundeck, 22' Center Console boats, and more.

Dolphin Marine Rentals - Located on St. Pete Beach's Treasure Island, Dolphin Marine Rentals offers full day rentals as low as $240 and a variety of specials all throughout the year.  They offer rentals ranging from pontoon boats to fishing boats and were rated at the #1 jet ski and boat rental facility by BeachLife Entertainment Guide readers.