Welcome to the first episode of Ask SleepAfloat where we address some of the most frequently asked questions regarding our floating vacation rentals. Today we discuss rules against driving the boats, items included in our rentals and accidental damage protection.

1. Can We Drive the Boat?

No of our boats are in-slip rentals and rented for accommodation purposes only. They can not be taken out. We do list two boats in Key West, the Capt. Andy and Allison Jane which are available for fishing charters or sunset cruises with a hired captain. You will find prices for these trips listed on the listings for the boats.

2. What is the Accidental Rental Damage Protection and is it a mandatory fee?

The Accidental Rental Damange Protection is something we require all guests to purchase. The cost is $39 and it waives up to $3,000 worth of accidental damage in lieu of a security deposit or hold on your credit card.

3. What is Included with the Rental?

You will find many of the same amenities you’d have in any other vacation rental or hotel room. We supply guests with linens, bath towels, shampoos, soaps, coffee, cookware, silverware and dishes. Most of what you will need to make a home cooked meal will be on the boat (aside from the food of course).

Stay tuned for our next episode for more answers to commonly asked questions or visit our FAQ page. Please let us know if there are any topics you’d like us to discuss in our next online video. Questions may be emailed to



The one thing Cape Cod locals do not want outsiders to know is how awesome it is to spend time on Cape Cod during the fall season. The weather is still warm, the crowds have died down, and the area’s beautiful fall foliage is in full effect – it’s a great time to be on the Cape!

Bikini season might be over but there is still plenty to do with fun and exciting events going on all across the peninsula. Here is just a short list of some of our favorite fall events and activities:


yarmouth 1. Yarmouth Seaside Festival, Yarmouth
This annual festival is a Columbus Day weekend tradition for many in the area. It’s a three-day extravaganza with tons of fun activities for the whole family including a craft fair, kids rides and games, a one-of-a-kind haunted maze, 5K road race, canoe and kayak race, sand-sculpting contest, two parades, and a big fireworks display at Seagull Beach.

You’ll find more info here:

2. Halloween Kids Fest, Falmouth

In addition to the best pumpkin picking on Cape Cod, Tony Andrew’s Farm (394 Old Meetinghouse Road, East Falmouth) will be hosting “Halloween Kid’s Fest”.  The event will feature a host of fun-filled family activities, including Tractor Rides, the Jack-O-Lantern Obstacle Course, and a not-too-scary hike through the Haunted Forest. ”Halloween Kid’s Fest” will be held from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of October, beginning October 11 (also open Monday, October 13, Columbus Day).

A list of Kidfest events can be found here:

Wellfleet Oyster Fest 3. Wellfleet OysterFest, Wellfleet
Seafood lovers take notice! The 14th annual Wellfleet OysterFest will take place Saturday and Sunday, October 18 & 19, 2014. This two-day family festival brings together locals and visitors alike gathering to celebrate the town’s famous famous oysters, clams and shellfishing traditions. There is something for everyone, including local cuisine, arts and crafts, educational programs, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, walking tours, live music, a road race, and you sure won’t want to miss the annual Oyster Shuck-Off competition!Tickets to the event are $5/one day and $8/two day pass. Children under $12 are free!Events will be held all around the Town Center and there will be parking at Wellfleet Elementary School on Lawrence Rd., Cove Corner on Route 6 and the Town Marina.

Event details can be found here:

4. Mashpee Oktoberfest
Join the town of Mashpee as they host their annual Oktoberfest on October 11, 2014.  The day begins with 10K road race at 10 a.m. then the Mashpee Town Green turns into a scene of a fall celebration with live entertainment, food, a beer garden, and children’s activities like pumpkin decorating and face painting.

For details and to sign up for the road race check here:

Tobey Farm
5. Scary Hayride at Tobey Farm, Dennis

Every weekend for the month of October you can jump on a scary hayride at Tobey Farm in Dennis (352 Route 6A). An annual tradition for many families in the area, the farm is also a great spot to pick up a Halloween pumpkin and some apples.

Hayrides are run from 6-8 p.m, Fridays through Sundays, through the end of October.

arts cape cod 6. Fall for the Arts
Fall for the Arts is a family-friendly month long celebration that showcases local art and culture.  This will be the 7th annual Fall for the Arts festival and it will run from October 3 – November 1st with events all across Cape Cod and the Islands. Events include: live performances by local musicians; open houses at theaters, museums, and historical sites; readings and lectures; art activities for children; guided art and heritage walks; plein air painters; special art exhibits; and much more!

All Fall for the Arts events listings will be available at

halloween provincetown 7. Halloween in Provincetown, Provincetown
Provincetown is always up for a good party and Halloween is not the exception. A great place to spend Halloween, there are plenty of festive activities planned for Friday and Saturday around town and even if you just decide to just stroll around you’re sure to bump into a few characters out and about having a good time.

A list of events can be found here:

Cape Cod Marathon
8. Cape Cod Marathon, FalmouthOne of the “Ten Most Scenic” marathons in the world, this 26.1 mile race begins the beautiful Village Green in Falmouth, loops along the shoreline through farmlands and cranberry bogs, and past the Nobska Light. Even if you are not a runner you’ll want to get out and join the crowds as they cheer on the runners as they pass by on October 26th.

Race weekend events details can be found here:

wine fest 9. Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival, Edgartown
If you’re thinking about taking a trip to the Island, make sure you add Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival in Edgartown to your itinerary.  Now in it’s 7th year, the festival is a world-class wine and culinary extravaganza featuring wine tasting seminars, premium wines, cooking demonstrations by nationally recognized award-winning chefs and wine personalities, and culinary dinners.

Check out for a list of scheduled events.

cranberryfest 10. Milestone Cranberry Festival, Nantucket
Join the Nantucket Conservation Foundation at Milestone Cranberry Bog as they celebrate the 12th Annual Cranberry Festival on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  You can watch the berries being harvested, learn about the history of cranberry farming on Nantucket, participate in fun family activities or just take in the scene.

Event information and directions can be found on the Nantucket Conservation Foundation site:



There’s a reason why they say the two happiest days in a boat owner’s life is the day he buys his boat and the day he sells it. Owning a boat is expensive. Boat payments, storage fees, sanitation requirements, fuel, general maintenance and repairs — these costs can quickly sink dreams and empty pockets.

Don’t Pay Your Bills.
Let Someone Else Do It.

With the SleepAfloat Boat Owner Program, boaters no longer have to suffer financial burden from owning a boat.  Our concept is very simple, when a boat owner is not using his/her boat they can make money renting it as dockside accommodations to leisure or business travelers.

It’s easy, secure, and the boat NEVER leaves the docks.

Different Kind of Boat Sharing

Operating boats as vacation rentals since 2008, SleepAfloat is unlike any other peer-to-peer boat sharing platform in that the boats never leave the docks and the company offers rental management services and insurance protection to its member boat owners.


“This is not a typical boat sharing operation,” remarked SleepAfloat Director of Operations JJ Gold. “These are secure rentals professionally managed by our company as unique alternatives to the traditional hotel room; the boats never leave the dock.”


Click the link below for a complete list of benefits and services SleepAfloat offers boat owners and our Boat Owner FAQ page with answers to common questions regarding this revolutionary program.

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We are excited to announce that SleepAfloat Cape Cod was named to Condé Nast Traveler’s list of “8 Awesome Houseboat Rentals Across the U.S.”!

Cape Cod Vacation Rental Cape Cod sunset

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Key West

SleepAfloat’s Top 25

If you’re looking to have fun in Key West but don’t know where to start check out our list of the best things to see and do around the island. This list doesn’t even represent half the things the island has to offer, but it’s a good place to start! Please feel free to share with us any of your favorite activities that you’d like to see added to our list. Continue reading…


SleepAfloat’s Favorite Neighborhood Joints

Boston is a city full of great spots to eat and we are lucky to have our boats located within walking distance of some of the best dining establishments in town! You won’t go hungry in our neighborhood that’s for sure!
Not only are we steps away from the best Italian food this side of the Atlantic, but all along the waterfront you’ll find great restaurants with food as amazing as the view. Here’s just a few of our favorites: Continue reading…

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