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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Finding solitude on a boat is one of the best parts of boating. Science has proved that being on, in or near water can improve creativity, boost emotional health, and promote relaxation, as well as calm your mind and appeal to your senses.

What's the difference between a jet-powered boat and a sterndrive-power boat? Great question. Both are great propulsion systems, and each offers their own unique advantages and disadvantages.

Using a Marine GPS (Global Positioning System) is usually the most efficient, easiest way to navigate a boat. Learn more about how to use your onboard or mobile GPS unit to determine your position, save waypoints, create routes, monitor speed, and set anchor alarms.