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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There may not be any road signs or painted lines out on the water, but fortunately as boaters we have plenty of channel markers, buoys, and navigational aids indicating everything from channels to no wake zones. Here are the basics you need to know when navigating.

Caring for your boat's marine electronics requires regular maintenance, cleaning, and even following a winterization process to prepare for long periods of disuse. Follow our guide to learn about proper care for your fish finders, VHF radios, chartplotters, and multifunction displays (MFDs).

Thrill seekers in search of the most haunted places in the U.S. should add these spooky locations to their boating bucket list. From small historic towns to coastal cities with ghostly visitors around every corner, cruise on in—if you dare.