Spousal Conversion Kit
Take your significant other boating and let the water and wind work their magic. Experiencing the fun and excitement of being on the water is the best way to convince your family and friends to become boaters. Follow these tips to convert your significant other into a first mate.
7 Days to Boat Ownership
Before you begin your seven day quest to boat ownership, take an opportunity to go out on a friend's boat with a few people including your significant other (S.O.). This will give your S.O. a taste of the boating lifestyle and peak their interest in the bonding benefits of owning a boat.
Day 1 – Educate
- Change your computer's homepage to www.DiscoverBoating.com. The next time your S.O. logs onto the internet, they will be inspired by the beautiful boating images on Discover Boating's website. Then, you'll have your chance to educate your S.O. on the top five things you learned by browsing DiscoverBoating.com:
- Night Activity - After browsing the web site, download the Beginner’s Guide to Boating leave it open on the computer for them to find next time they log in.
Day 2 – Accessibility
- Educate significant other (S.O.) on how accessible the boating lifestyle is by
pointing out that 90 percent of Americans live within an hour drive of a body of water
they can boat on.
Note that you live only one hour from somewhere you can enjoy boating
Day 3 – Dinner with friends
- Plan for your dinner date with friends to be close to a boat dealership. Make sure that you pass the dealership both on the way to dinner and going home. On the way to dinner, subtly point out the dealership and the beautiful boats on display.
- During dinner, make sure your friend brings up the boating topic so you don't sound like a broken record and your S.O. does not catch on to your ulterior motives.
- After dinner, drive by the boat dealership again and casually suggest that the two of you make an appointment to see what types of boats they offer (leave message at dealership immediately when you get home).
Day 4 – Affordability
- Visit Discover Boating's Budget Planner to print out information that shows how the costs of boat ownership are compared to the costs of other family leisure activities. This is a great opportunity for you to personalize the expense of boat ownership.
- For example, compare the cost of buying a boat to your last family vacation to Disney World. Or, by not eating out at a local restaurant once a week, you could save enough money for your monthly boat payment.
- Create your own family budget that includes your monthly boat-related payments to show that you really can afford a boat.
Day 5 – Experience the lifestyle
- Get your S.O. in the mood for boating by purchasing them a captain's hat for the ride along. Present the gift to them when you pick them up. Repeat the following statements on the way to your ride along:
- "We're just looking today to get an idea of what would be right for our family and our boating needs."
- "I'm excited to get out on the water today. It's kind of like an afternoon vacation."
- "(Boat Dealer) seemed really nice on the phone and seemed to understand what we're looking for - (Boat Dealer) is bringing two types of boats for us to cruise in today."
- Take pictures during ride along. You will use these later.
- Night Activity - Rent a movie that includes beautiful images of boating and the boating lifestyle, and watch with your S.O.
- Boating movie suggestions include: On Golden Pond, Message in a Bottle, Captain, One Crazy Summer, Summer Rental, Miami Vice.
Day 6 – For the whole family
- From DiscoverBoating.com, email video testimonies of consumers who have already purchased a boat to your S.O.
- Videos of families enjoying the boating lifestyle and real people telling their story of boat ownership will help your S.O. visualize how boat ownership could change your lives too.
- Include pictures from the previous day's ride along. Make sure you include a picture of the two of you enjoying the boating lifestyle and one of your S.O. driving the boat.
- Night Activity - Bring home dinner and dessert "just because" and print the Beginner’s Guide to Boating to look at after dinner while enjoying your dessert.
Day 7 – Making waves
- You have covered all of the bases except one - together time. Talk to your S.O. about not only all of family time you'll be able to spend together on the boat, but couple time as well. Boating, with the stars bouncing off the water and the cool night breeze flowing through your hair, can be a romantic night for two any night of the week.
- Also, let your S.O. know that your first duty off business is to teach them how to drive and dock the boat so they can enjoy the boat with their friends as well.
Quick Tips from Other Boating Families
Boat shows and demo days are perfect places to introduce a spouse to boating. Go aboard as many boats as you want, compare them in person, discuss your needs with the manufacturer’s representatives.
Few things are more romantic than dining aboard a boat. Most dinner cruises are designed to be indulgent, featuring fine food, courteous, friendly service, and even live entertainment.
Experience Nature’s wonders from the deck of a boat. Everyone loves seeing the creatures that live above, alongside, and beneath the water. Seeing them from a boat offers a whole new close-up perspective.
Even the most modest runabout has room for some kind of nautical cuisine. Many new boats come with built-in coolers, ice chests, refrigeration systems, or even full galleys.
Birthday celebrations, surprise parties, and neighborhood parties held on a boat won’t soon be forgotten. Quite often, the same commercial cruise boats that carry dinner, cocktail, or nature cruises, will also charter for parties.
Be it in a rowboat in the park or in the main salon of an offshore cruiser east of the trade winds, asking for your significant other’s hand while afloat ensures that you have a story to tell to grandkids.
Imagine yourself and your spouse on a fully equipped houseboat lazily floating on Arizona’s stunning Lake Powell. Or, fishing from a flat boat in the Florida Keys.