A family tradition
Boating is a way of life, a rich and storied tradition handed down from generation to generation, from parent to child. You probably have fond memories of sitting on your mother’s or father’s lap the first time you took the helm. It’s almost a given you captained your first solo voyage long before you could legally drive a car. And like all great family traditions, odds are good that you’ll pass this one down to your children as well.
As a lifelong boater, you don’t wait for a holiday weekend and are not likely to visit the latest party cove. Boating is not a lifestyle but your life, a life rich with adventures, travels, accomplishments and abundant memories.
Making It Real
Keep your passion for boating alive by examining your wants, needs and budget, then narrow your list accordingly. Just because your father had a cruiser or pontoon boat doesn’t mean that works for you. Explore the options available, and determine which best suits your lifestyle.
In between boats? Not sure a boat is a good fit for your current situation or budget? Explore the various ways you can stay active on the water, whether it’s through a boat club membership, shared ownership with a trusted family member, or even an inexpensive option like a dinghy, small sailboat or aluminum boat. The vast pre-owned market is also a viable alternative, with many affordable choices.
If the tradition of boating is important to you, make the time for it. Designate the weekends or days you’ll commit to get out on the water as a family, and be open to the activities your kids enjoy. Teach them to waterski, find a secluded cove and cast your line, anchor out and snorkel an interesting underwater location, or just explore a coastline.
What you should know
Looking for advice? The answers are as close as your keyboard. The internet is awash with forums, clubs, instructional videos and websites frequented by both current owners and industry experts.