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. 

Featured Articles

Inspirations stories, educational articles, and tips for new & experienced captains.

The 2020 Progressive Miami International Boat Show kicks off on February 13-17 at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Virginia Key in Miami, FL. Learn more about show highlights, things to see and do, and find answers to FAQs on tickets, parking, transportation and more.

Boating at night can be a lot of fun, but there are some additional safety precautions to keep in mind. For the best night boating experience, follow these 10 tips when you find yourself out on the water after dark.

If you want to know how to buy a fishing boat, we’ve got all the angles—and anglers—covered. From saltwater and freshwater fishing boats, to specialized models like bass boats, bay boats, and sportfishing yachts, our guide will help you narrow down your options.