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"You just need to find someone who appears honorable. "
Ahuh. And while most people are, how is the average boater going to know how to check the credentials of whoever comes looking to rent? We know that someone coming looking to "rent a liveaboard" is NOT an average or experienced sailor or liveaboard, so right away, we know they are not familiar with the usual norms afloat and that alone may make them a risk. Most folks don't have the skills or knowledge to run a background check, or to ask the renter to take out their own insurance and liability polcies, so we're not on the hook if they mess up.
A home renter may punch out the walls, but a boat renter is like someone renting out a car for prom night. If they get drunk and wipe out a family down the street...Guess who may have to ante up five mil in damages?
Sure, most folks are honorable. But the ones wearing the neatest suits and shiniest shoes, are often Scott Rothstein. Ain't worth the risk unless you know the business well enough to be IN the business.
Paranoid? You know what they call a liberal after he's been mugged? A Republican. I don't sleep with a shotgun, but I do make real damned sure to lock my doors both day and night. Folks called me paranoid for that too, long ago. Then the town PD made repeated speeches on the TV Nooze telling folks to please please lock their doors after a long wave of daylight robberies.
Paranoid? No, just sadly experienced. By all means, you rent out your boat a couple of time, and let us all know how it works out five years down the line.