Boat Ownership Basics

Owning a boat doesn't have to be intimidating—it should be fun, exciting and rewarding. Your own boat means you have your own personal anytime-ticket for a vacation on-demand. To get started, follow our boat ownership guide to dive into things like insurance, storage, maintenance and more.

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How to Get a Boating License

Boating license and education requirements vary by state, but most courses and tests can be completed online. 

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What is a catamaran? Catamaran boats are defined as boats with two hulls. Although similar in some aspects, you will find some key differences when comparing both sailing catamarans and power catamarans (often called "power cats").

While you should always be aware of your surroundings when you're at the helm, you should be on full alert whenever you're entering an area with shallow or "skinny" water. Learn more about the best boats for shallow water and tips for navigating these waterways.

Working with a boat dealer can help make the buying process easy and simple. Buying at a dealership has a number of advantages, including on-going customer support and service, assistance with boat financing, and a smooth transition into boat ownership.