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. 

Register Your Boat Online

Boat registration is critical part of boat ownership. Learning how to register your boat is easy, and you can start the process right now.

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Begin On-Water Training

Boating education and training begins with basic boat operation and safety—which is best done before your first trip to the launch ramp.

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Cruising across the water atop a personal watercraft (PWC) is adrenaline-pumping fun, and all of these affordable waterbikes are priced to thrill. Take a closer look at these new models from brands like Yamaha, Sea-Doo, and Kawasaki, all priced at less than $10K.

If you’re new to boating, you probably have a lot of questions. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place to find all the information you need to help you get started. Before pushing off the dock, take a look at these five common boating questions.

Bilge pumps raise a lot of questions, especially for new boaters: "What is a bilge pump; where is it located; how does it work; when should I use it?" Let's start with the basics. The job of a bilge pump is to move water out of the boat.