boating activities

There is a boat for every person and activity, as well as every budget. There is no doubt that a boat is a large investment of your most precious resources, and getting into the right boat for you and your family is the most critical aspect of satisfying your dream to boat. Look for answers to your most frequently asked questions throughout this section of your guide.

Which type of the boat is right for me?

Since you are thinking of joining the millions of Americans who enjoy recreational boating, you probably have an idea about the kinds of fun on the water that your boat will provide.

One of the terrific things about boating is that there are boats designed for different activities, and there truly is something for everyone.

To narrow down your search, simply ask yourself how the boat will be used. Fishing and generally enjoying local waterways? Waterskiing, wakeboarding and exciting watersports? Cruising with family and friends? Racing? A little of everything? There is a boat that’s right for you.

Freshwater fishing

With nearly 44 million freshwater anglers in the U.S., freshwater fishing consistently tops the list of favorite outdoor sports. What hooks people on fishing? Maybe it’s the variety. Lakes, rivers and streams all offer great freshwater fishing and the list of gamefish — trout, bass, tarpon, bonefish, sunfish, muskie, bluegills — goes on and on. Or maybe it's because freshwater fishing can be as much about spending time with the family and friends enjoying the outdoors as much as it is about reeling in the big one.


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Saltwater fishing

Whether it’s fishing in small bays, trolling the coastal flats or heading offshore for the thrills of big game fishing, saltwater fishing offers great sport for anglers of all levels and abilities. Did you know that in 2011 anglers spent nearly 99 million days saltwater fishing?


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Waterskiing. Wakeboarding. Tubing. If you’re looking to get wet and go fast you’ll find there’s no shortage of fun to be had with a boat. Watersports such as waterskiing, wakeboarding and tubing offer your and your family the ultimate in thrills and high-energy adventure!


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Sailors are passionate about their time on the water—buoyed by a sense of empowerment as the wind fills the sails and the boat glides peacefully through the water. Sailing is a green activity, is wind powered and is fulfilling for anyone at any age. This is the lifestyle you've been dreaming about—to share with family and friends close to home or in magnificent crusing grounds around the world. Whether you’re interested in day sailing, cruising, competitive racing or charter vacations, there is a sailboat for you and a lifetime of sailing adventures ahead.


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